MILWAUKEE (Ticker) -- Travis Diener and Marquette cruised to a win in a tuneup for next week's showdown against Arizona.
Diener and Terry Sanders scored 13 points apiece to lead Marquette to a its sixth straight victory, 71-55, over Grambling.
"Guys just told me to go out and be aggressive tonight," Sanders said. "I got into foul trouble early last night and the guys told me to just be aggressive and forget about what happened last game."
Next up for Marquette (6-0) is a road game against No. 8 Arizona on December 13.
"We are 6-0, but no one in that locker room is sitting there giddy," Golden Eagles coach Tom Crean said. "No coach is sitting there saying we have arrived. But we are getting better."
Scott Merritt added 12 points and Karon Bradley had 10 off the bench for the Golden Eagles. Diener hit 3-of-5 3-pointers and also had seven assists and three steals.
Marquette finished the game with 21 assists on 25 field goals and shot 49 percent (25-of-51).
"The 21 assists tonight is indicative of how unselfish this team is," Crean said. "We probably passed too much in the second half."
Brion Rush led Grambling (1-4) with 24 points on 6-of-13 3-pointers but didn't get much help as the Tigers only had two other players reach double figures in scoring. Paul Haynes chipped in with 13 and Larry Haygood had 11.
This was just the second meeting between the two teams. Marquette defeated Grambling, 105-74 last season.
Grambling made the game more competitive this time by hitting 11-of-26 3-pointers. But the Tigers could not overcome the Golden Eagles' 35-26 advantage on the backboards. Marquette also forced Grambling into 18 turnovers and hit 8-of-20 3-pointers.
"They continue to learn to focus and continue to learn how to win," Crean said. "My question was would we compete for 40 minutes and I was pleased to see we did that."