Marquette handles Cincinnati
Milwaukee, WI – Darius Johnson-Odom and Jae Crowder each ranked Marquette Golden Eagles dominated the 78.
Jamil Wilson and Vander Blue added 15 and 14 points, respectively, for the Golden Eagles (21-5, 10-3 Big East), who have won two in a row since a loss to Notre Dame on February 4.
Dion Dixon and Jaquon Parker had 15 points apiece for the Bearcats (17-8, 7-5), who had a two-game winning streak snapped. Yancy Gates had a double- double with 11 points and 12 boards.
The Bearcats actually started the game on a 16-4 run, and held a 21-12 edge with 11 1/2 minutes left in the half.
But an 18-4 Marquette run put the home team in front for good. Crowder and Johnson-Odom bookended the burst with a pair of three-pointers to make it a 30-25 game with over seven minutes remaining.
Moments later, Jamail Jones made two three-pointers and Blue recorded a tip-in to give the Golden Eagles a 40-30 lead. Marquette scored the final seven points of the frame to take a 47-35 margin into the locker room.
Gates' layup cut the gap to 62-53 with over 12 minutes to play, but the home team scored the next six points to essentially put the game away.
Cincinnati owns a 25-19 lead in the all-time series with Marquette...The Golden Eagles improved to 13-1 at home this season...Marquette shot 56.7 percent from the field, while the Bearcats shot 43.3 percent from the floor...Cincinnati had 14 turnovers, leading to 25 Marquette points.