Marcus Jackson tied his career best with 16 rebounds for
Marquette (15-5, 3-4 Conference USA), which ended a three-game
losing streak. Novak scored only two points in a 99-52 loss at
Louisville on Wednesday and had totaled 13 points on 5-for-18
shooting the last three games.
Marquette beat Saint Louis (5-14, 3-4) for the eighth time in
nine games despite season-worst 29.7-percent shooting, while the
losers shot 32 percent. The Golden Eagles won without guard Travis
Diener, the second-leading scorer in Conference USA with a
20.2-point average. Diener has missed the last two games with an
Chapman, Diener's replacement in the starting lineup, had 14
points on 5-for-16 shooting. Dameon Mason had 12 points on 4-for-19
Marquette had a shot to win in regulation and overtime, but got
a couple of air balls from Mason and Chapman. In the second
overtime, Chapman's 3-pointer with 13.3 seconds to go made it
Saint Louis missed two chances to narrow the gap on its final
possession. The last five games in the series have been settled by
six or fewer points.
Marquette went more than 11 minutes between baskets in the
second half, but recovered in time to force overtime. The Golden
Eagles scored the last eight points in regulation over 4½ minutes
to tie at 42, the tying basket coming when Mason followed his own
miss with 40.9 seconds to go.
Gonzaga boosted by Corey Kispert's decision to return
Gonzaga forward Corey Kispert has decided to return for his senior season, giving the Bulldogs a big boost.
Baylor sophomore Jared Butler withdraws from draft
Baylor guard Jared Butler has withdrawn his name from the NBA draft and will return for his junior season.
WCC creates 'The Russell Rule' to encourage hiring of minority candidates
WCC's new "Russell Rule," named after Bill Russell, requires finalists for any athletic leadership position within the conference's schools to include at least one member of a "traditionally underrepresented community."