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Marquette tops Notre Dame in key Big East clash
Milwaukee, WI (Sports Network) - Jamil Wilson scored 19 points and Chris Otule had 16 on a perfect 8-of-8 shooting effort as No. 22 Marquette edged 21st- ranked Notre Dame, 72-64, in a Top-25 Big East showdown at the BMO Harris Bradley Center.
Trent Lockett registered eight points, four rebounds and four assists for the Golden Eagles (21-7, 12-4 Big East), who have won two straight and four of their last five games overall. Marquette also clinched a double-bye in the conference's championship tournament for the second straight year.
The Golden Eagles finished their home portion of the schedule a perfect 16-0 this season and now have the nation's second-longest active streak with 25 straight victories dating back to last season.
Jerian Grant had 21 points, seven boards and five assists for the Fighting Irish (22-7, 10-6), who had a two-game winning streak snapped. Eric Atkins and Zach Auguste scored 16 and 15 points, respectively, in defeat.
Wilson's jumper 7 1/2 minutes into the second half made it 53-38. Notre Dame, though, used a 6-0 spurt to get within nine, 56-47, with 7 1/2 minutes remaining.
Marquette, however, managed to keep Notre Dame just out of striking distance as the game came to a close. The Irish never got any closer than eight points until Grant nailed a triple with 29 seconds left to close the gap to six, but the home team still held a 70-64 edge.
A pair of Wilson free throws on the ensuing Marquette possession secured the victory for the Golden Eagles.
Marquette jumped out to an early 18-6 advantage six-plus minutes into the contest. The lead grew to 31-16 on Todd Mayo's triple with 8:15 remaining, and the home team took a 41-27 margin into the break.
Notre Dame shot a mere 37 percent (10-of-27) in the first half compared to 64.3 percent (18-of-28) for the Golden Eagles.
Marquette has a 7-5 lead in the series versus Notre Dame in Big East matchups, but trails 80-37 in the all-time series ... Notre Dame shot 7-of-25 from behind the arc and 38.3 percent from the floor ... Marquette's bench outscored the Irish by a 32-20 margin.
03/02 17:16:29 ET
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