MU spots Cinncinati 16-4 lead and still wins 95-78Wisconsin Sports
-- The Marquette Golden Eagles won for the ninth time in 10 games Saturday, but it didn’t look like that was going to happen as the Big East Conference game started.
CINNCINATI - The Marquette Golden Eagles won for the ninth time in 10 games Saturday, but it didn’t look like that was going to happen as the Big East Conference game started.
Cincinnati started hot, rushing out to a 16-4 lead. But, the Eagles turned up the pressure with a trapping defense, caught the Bearcats and won easily, 95-78. Darius Johnson-Odom and Jae Crowder each scored 23 points for the winners. Marquette’s record improved to 21-5, including 10-3 in conference play. The Golden Eagles scored 25 of their points off Cincinnati turnovers, outscoring the visitors 31-10 on fast-break points.
The Bearcats live and die with their defense – and they died Saturday by giving up the most points they have all season, by far. Marquette won despite missing power forward Davante Gardner. With center Chris Otule out for the season, they were once again at a significant size disadvantage. It didn’t matter. The pressing defense did the damage in the easy victory.