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No. 15 Marquette keeps pace in Big East, rallies past Rutgers

Piscataway, NJ (Sports Network) - Vander Blue scored 22 points on 8-of-16 shooting, and a 10-point halftime deficit couldn't prevent No. 15 Marquette from knocking off the Rutgers Scarlet Knights, 60-54, on Tuesday.

Jamil Wilson and Junior Cadougan added 10 points apiece for the Golden Eagles (22-7, 13-4 Big East), who have won three straight games. Marquette trails Georgetown by a half-game in the conference standings as it closes out the regular season on Saturday at St. John's.

Myles Mack and Jerome Seagears registered 11 and 10 points, respectively, for the Scarlet Knights (13-15, 4-13), who have lost five straight and 11 of their last 12 games.

The Scarlet Knights started off strong, shooting 58.3 percent from the field, including 3-of-7 from three-point range, in the first frame to build a 31-21 advantage at the break.

However, Rutgers broke down on both ends of the floor in the second half. The Scarlet Knights shot just 34.6 percent from the field and allowed the Golden Eagles to shoot 60 percent, including 3-of-9 from behind the arc.

With 4:02 remaining in regulation, Blue drilled a 3-pointer to tie the game at 52-52. Wilson followed that with a trey of his own to give them a 55-52 lead with 3:06 left to play.

Seagears made a jumper with 2:40 left, but it would be the last score the Scarlet Knights would make, as the team missed their final four shots from the field and came up empty on two free throws to go scoreless down the stretch.

Meanwhile, Marquette made 5-of-7 free throws over the final 1:32 to put the game out of reach.

Game Notes

Neither team scored from the free throw line in the first half ... Marquette coach Buzz Williams is 5-0 all-time against Rutgers ... ... The Scarlet Knights are 1-8 against Top-25 teams this season.

03/05 22:11:56 ET

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