ST. THOMAS, U.S. Virgin Islands (AP) — Jae Crowder scored 25 points to lead No. 21 Marquette to a 96-66 victory over Mississippi in the Paradise Jam semifinals on Sunday night.
Darius Johnson-Odom added 20 points for the Golden Eagles (4-0), who will play in the tournament championship Monday against Norfolk State, a 66-53 winner over TCU.
Terrance Henry scored 19 points for Ole Miss (3-1), which shot 25 of 78 from the floor and missed all 14 of its shots from beyond the arc in the first half.
Vander Blue’s fast-break dunk sparked a 13-0 run that gave Marquette control in the first half. The Golden Eagles led 51-29 at halftime and never looked back after scoring the first six points of the second half.
Blue finished with 11 points one game after scoring a career-high 26, while Davante Gardner was 9 of 9 on free throws and finished with 15 points.