Marquette runs past DePaul

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Associated Press
Tuesday, February 7, 2012
— Marquette made a late run in the first half, and then listened to coach Buzz Williams tell the team why it was so important.

Darius Johnson-Odom scored 23 points and Jamil Wilson added 18 points and nine rebounds to lead the 18th-ranked Golden Eagles to an 89-76 victory over DePaul on Monday night.

Trailing 41-29, Johnson-Odom scored nine points during an 11-2 run by the Golden Eagles (20-5, 9-3 Big East) to close the first half. He opened the second half by hitting a three that tied the game at 43, and Jae Crowder gave the Golden Eagles their first lead of the game with a free throw. Vander Blue hit a jumper to cap off a 16-3 run to open the second half and give Marquette a 56-46 lead.

“I think considering what our roster is as of today, considering it was back-to-back road games within 48 hours, considering it was coming off of a loss, considering the importance to this game to a lot of people because of the tradition it was the most important half that we played, and that’s what I told our kids at halftime,” Williams.

Marquette rebounded from a blowout loss to Notre Dame on Saturday that ended a seven-game winning streak.

Cleveland Melvin scored 22 points and Jamee Crockett added 17 for DePaul (11-12, 2-9), which has lost 36 consecutive games against ranked opponents since beating No. 17 Villanova 84-76 on Jan. 3, 2008.

Despite playing on the road, Marquette was backed by a strong contingent of Golden Eagles fans who were not heard from much until late in the first half.

Johnson-Odom and Crowder, were limited to 12 and four points by Notre Dame. But Johnson-Odom was aggressive from the start, and Crowder finished with 14 points and Blue had 12.

Davante Gardner, who normally starts for the Golden Eagles, was sidelined for the third straight game with a knee injury.

Miami Marlins manager Ozzie Guillen, who used to manage the Chicago White Sox, watched the game with his two sons from courtside seats.

Last updated: 7:46 pm Thursday, December 13, 2012

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