MILWAUKEE— Darius Johnson-Odom and Jimmy Butler each scored 20 points as the Marquette Golden Eagles (13-6, 4-2) used a 21-4 run, spanning half time, to pull away and, ultimately, put away the visiting DePaul Blue Demons (6-12, 0-6), 94-64.
"We were much more focused on finishing the game, even when we were up we had to finish and make sure that we came away with the win this time," senior forward Jimmy Butler said.
Following the tough loss on the road at Louisville, Marquette looked and played like a team focused on putting the opponent away. Leading 30-27 with 5:46 to go in the first half, the Golden Eagles were able to take advantage of DePaul misses and miscues, leading by 17 at the break.
"Once they got the lead and the momentum, they smelled blood," DePaul Head Coach Oliver Purnell said following the defeat. "You could sense it, you could see it. [They were] a very determined team, you've got to give them credit the way they bounced back."
In the first half, MU was able to crash the glass effectively, grabbing 12 offensive rebounds and they converted 30 points in the paint. Johnson-Odom scored 13 of his 20 points before halftime.
After intermission, the offensive outburst ensued, and the lead stretched as high as 38 at the 6:04 mark. Marquette shot 16-of-26 (62 percent) from the field in the second half.
"I thought we played really well," Marquette Head Coach Buzz Williams said. "I thought we made more winning plays tonight than we have any other time thus far this year."
MU was able to force the Blue Demons into mistakes all game long and it paid dividends on the offensive end. The Golden Eagles converted 22 DePaul turnovers into 40 points.
"When you give up 40 points directly off turnovers, it makes it tough," said Purnell. "Turnovers lead directly to baskets which you cannot defend."
Junior forward Jae Crowder continued his strong play, this time stuffing the stat sheet with 18 points, 9 rebounds, 6 assists, 3 blocks and a steal.
After playing just five minutes at Louisville on Saturday, Vander Blue responded with 12 points off the bench. Blue was 5-of-6 from the filed.
The Golden Eagles will hit the road following the win. They travel to South Bend, Indiana to face Notre Dame, completing their mirror games with the Irish.
MU throttles DePaul 94-64
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