Crowder, Marquette roll
Darius Johnson-Odom scored 11 of his 19 points in the first half for the Golden Eagles (6-0) and helped steady a shaky offense.
Delwan Graham’s 13 points led the Dolphins (2-4), who played a ranked opponent for the second consecutive game. Jacksonville lost 107-62 at No. 10 Florida on Friday.
Crowder scored 10 points during a 29-9 run that bridged halftime and helped turn a close game into a blowout. His 3-pointer and three-point play pushed Marquette’s lead to 59-37 with 13:21 left.
Marquette, playing for the first time since winning the Paradise Jam in the U.S. Virgin Islands last Monday, improved to its second 6-0 start in three seasons. The Golden Eagles also gained some momentum for Saturday’s key matchup with intrastate rival No. 9 Wisconsin.
Johnson-Odom, the Paradise Jam’s MVP, came up big late in the first half. The Dolphins seemed intent on making an upset bid, but he converted a three-point play and then took a pass from Junior Cadougan, who had six assists, and made a 3-pointer at the buzzer for a 37-28 lead.
Jacksonville kept the game close despite 10 turnovers and shooting 36.7 percent from the floor. Without Johnson-Odom’s leadership and scoring, it might have been worse.
Johnson-Odom’s early five points helped the Golden Eagles build a seven-point margin, but the scrappy Dolphins fought back on four 3-pointers, including one from Chris Davis that gave Jacksonville a one-point lead with less than 6 minutes to go in the first half.
Johnson-Odom took over and gave Marquette a 37-28 lead at the half.
Davis added 12 points and Tevin Galvin 10 for the Dolphins.
Freshman Todd mayo added 14 points for Marquette.
The Dolphins went to the line for the first time early in the second half when Graham was fouled on a drive to the hoop. He converted the three-point play to cut Marquette’s lead to 10.
Last updated: 6:50 pm Thursday, December 13, 2012