Saturday, December 5, 2015

Breaking down Henry Ellenson's 23-point performance vs Maine

                                                          Photo Credit: Geno Green

With the Marquette Golden Eagles (6-2) on a five-game winning streak— their longest since the 2012-13 season, forward Henry Ellenson can be attributed to being one of the key factors.

In Marquette's 104-67 win over Maine (2-5) Saturday, Ellenson's nine straight points in a 99-second stretch early in the first half highlighted a 22-0 run to start the game.

A sign the magic touch favored the freshman phenom was a three-point make at the 16-minute mark, which saw the ball hit the back of the rim, then took a couple of more trickles, only for the ball to caress its way down the net and all Ellenson could do was smile.

Despite things going right all game for Ellenson, Golden Eagles coach Steve Wojciechowski emphasized the importance of how the run was put together.

"[Henry] needs to continue to be that sharp as a player," Wojciechowski said. "When he is, he is really talented and will have nine-point stretches. I think a lot of it is a result of his mindset and focus. That's the one thing about the nine-point stretch I liked is the way he did it, not the fact he did it."

Ellenson's first half would end up being like spreading a little bit of peanut butter and jelly all over the stat sheet with 16 points, three rebounds, two steals and two blocks.

After padding more stats into the scorebook in the second half, Ellenson would finish with a season-high 23 points, on 7-of-11 from the field and 7-for-8 in the free throw department.

Wojciechowski praised Ellenson's continued development as the primary go-to option on offense.

"Henry is a guy who can score in bunches and I thought he took really good shots," Wojciechowski said. "He was able to score all over the floor and I thought he was really sharp and strong on offense."

After the Dec. 8 home game against San Jose State, Marquette will take a road trip up to Madison against in-state rival Wisconsin and Ellenson will have another opportunity to step up in another spotlight game.

It is evident after eight games, Ellenson will be Marquette's driving force to making more magic occur in non-conference play before the grit and grind of Big East play begins on Dec. 30 vs. Seton Hall.

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