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Cincinnati 70, Marquette 66

MILWAUKEE (AP) -- Eric Hicks recorded a triple double with 22
points, a career-high 10 blocked shots and 12 rebounds as
Cincinnati ran its winning streak to 10 games with a 70-66 victory
over Marquette in a Big East Conference game Saturday.

Cincinnati, which opened the conference season Tuesday with an
82-60 win at DePaul, overcame an early 12-point second-half deficit
to beat its former Conference USA opponent.

The Bearcats (13-2, 2-0), who had a season-high 18 blocked
shots, trailed 48-36 but went on a 24-11 run to grab a 60-59 lead
on an Armein Kirkland jumper. Then after a missed shot by
Marquette, Kirkland nailed a 3-pointer to push the lead to 63-59.

Marquette closed to within 65-64, but Steve Novak, coming off a
41-point outing against No. 2 Connecticut, missed two 3-point shots
and the Golden Eagles turned the ball over once.

Marquette (11-4, 1-1), which beat Connecticut 94-79 on Tuesday,
was led by Dominic James' 18 points, while Novak added 17 and Jerel
McNeal 16 as Marquette ended its five-game winning streak.

In the first half, it appeared Marquette would extend its
winning streak. After Cincinnati opened the game by making 4-of-5
3-pointers, it made just 2-of-16 from behind the arc the rest of
the game.

With the offense struggling, the Bearcats' defense came to the
rescue. Cincinnati held Marquette to 8-of-28 from the field for 29
percent in the second half after the Golden Eagles made 45 percent
of their shots in the opening half.

In the first half, both teams had spurts.

Marquette jumped to a 10-5 lead as it made four of its first six
shots. The Bearcats answered with a 13-4 run to grab a 18-14 lead.

Cincinnati maintained the lead until McNeal scored back-to-back
baskets to make it 32-30 Marquette. After Cincinnati tied the game
at 34, the Golden Eagles scored 10 straight points as Novak hit
consecutive 3-point shots and two free throws, to give Marquette a
44-34 lead.

Marquette led 46-36 at halftime behind 14 points from James, but
the Bearcats' defense hounded James in the second half, limiting
him to four points.