MILWUAKEE- Marquette fell at home Tuesday night 76-68 to the Connecticut Huskies, despite holding Kemba Walker to a season-low 14 points. Walker still found a way to contribute offensively by dishing out 9 assists, a high for Walker since Big East play began.
The Golden Eagles again found themselves with a lead late in the second half but were unable to seal a victory. Marquette went without a field goal from the 11:24 mark until only 1:47 remained in the game, fueling a 19-5 Huskies run during that period.
"We're just worried about making shots a lot of the time and we catch ourselves giving up easy baskets on the defensive end," senior forward Jimmy Butler said.
Marquette led by as many as five points with less than 10 minutes remaining in the game, but ultimately relinquished the lead on a Shabazz Napier three pointer with 6:40 remaining. Napier would later give Connecticut the lead for good on a jump shot with 5:40 left in the game.
"Kemba Walker is really good… but we can't be foolish enough to think he's the exclusive reason they've only lost two games," Marquette head coach Buzz Williams said. "You don't become the fifth best team in the country and just have one really good player."
Freshman Jeremy Lamb exploded for the Huskies, leading all scorers with a career-high 24 points. He shot 9-of-14 from the field, including 3-of-4 from beyond the arc.
"He makes the game look easy but he's a terrific shooter, and as he gets stronger he'll be a terrific player," Connecticut head coach Jim Calhoun said. "At times he was sensational tonight and I thought he kept us in it."
Roscoe Smith and Napier also scored in double figures for the Huskies, netting 11 points apiece.
Butler led the way for the Golden Eagles, netting 21 points and eight rebounds, four of which came on the offensive end. Jae Crowder, Darius Johnson-Odom and Dwight Buycks also scored in double figures for Marquette.
While the starters made great contributions in the scoring column, the same could not be said for the bench. Marquette tied a season-low in bench points with four. In contrast, Connecticut's bench contributed 21 points.
Jimmy Butler became the 42nd player in Marquette history to score 1,000 points. He is just 11 rebounds shy of becoming only the 17th player in Marquette history to score 1,000 points and grab 500 rebounds.
Marquette returns to action on Saturday afternoon when they hosts No. 10 Syracuse at 2 pm. Saturday's game will be part of National Marquette Day festivities.
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