Rapid Reaction: Marquette 89, DePaul 76

ROSEMONT, Ill. -- Here’s a quick look at No. 19 Marquette's 89-76 win over DePaul on Monday.

How it happened: One would have thought Marquette would come out motivated Monday after losing to Notre Dame its last time out, but the Golden Eagles struggled in the early going against DePaul. The Blue Demons jumped out to an early lead and extended it to 12 points with 4:21 left in the first half. Soon after, Marquette switched to a full-court man defense and changed the course of the game. The Golden Eagles closed the first half on 11-2 run and stretched it to a 19-3 run within three minutes of the second half. It was all Marquette the rest of the way.

What it means: With the win, Marquette continued to keep itself in the Big East race. The Golden Eagles improved to 9-3 in the Big East. Syracuse still sits at the top of the conference with a 10-1 record. Georgetown (8-3) and Notre Dame (7-3) are also in striking distance. For DePaul, it was another disappointing defeat, especially after leading by double digits in the first half. The Blue Demons are tied with Providence at the bottom of the Big East with 2-9 records.

Player of the game: Junior Cadougan did a bit of everything for Marquette. He had 12 points, five rebounds, seven assists and one steal.

Stat of the game: Marquette scored 54 of its points on layups and dunks.

What’s next: Marquette returns home to face Cincinnati on Saturday. DePaul hits the road for the next two games. The Blue Demons travel to Notre Dame on Saturday and Connecticut on Feb. 15.