Thursday, January 6, 2011
Recap: Marquette 72 – Rutgers 65
Wednesday night marked the beginning of a stretch of three games in six days for the Marquette Golden Eagles, and they were able to take care of business and earn their first Big East road victory over the Rutgers Scarlet Knights 72-65.
Marquette (11-4, 2-0 Big East) relied on three big scoring performances from Darius Johnson-Odom (who tied a career-high with 29 points), Jimmy Butler, and Jae Crowder (who scored 16 and 15 points respectively).
’s “Big Three” scored 60 of the team’s 73 points on the evening, despite averaging 81 points coming into the game. Marquette Rutgers stretched their defense and made it difficult for to work the ball around on offense, forcing 16 total turnovers in the contest. But, reminiscent of Marquette ’s New Year’s Day win over Marquette , the Golden Eagles got off to a hot start and held a nine point lead just four minutes into the game, thanks to two early 3-pointers from Jae Crowder, who also grabbed a game-high seven rebounds. Crowder, who was named to the Big East Conference Honor Roll for the second straight week, has impressively sunk a 3-pointer on his first attempt in 13 of 14 games played this season. West Virginia