"We played much better," Marquette Coach Buzz Williams said. "I thought that we were able to string together consecutive stops in both halves. I thought we made more winning plays then we have been making."
Trailing 29-24 with five minutes remaining in the first half, the Golden Eagles (16-11, 7-7) went on an 18-to-5 run, spanning halftime, to take control of the game. The Pirates (11-16, 5-10) kept it close for a while but were never able to get closer than six in the games final 10 minutes.
The Golden Eagles shot 55 percent for the game thanks in large part to their success in the paint. Six-foot-10 sophomore Chris Otule provided a large spark to begin the game. He scored all 10 of his points—10 of the team's first 19—in the first 10 minutes of the game. Otule finished a perfect five-of-five from the field and grabbed eight rebounds in 20 minutes of action.
"Chris didn't make any free throws in the first half, but it was by far the most dominating performance he has had in a game, much less in a half," said Williams.
The 10 points for Otule marked the first time in his career he reached double-figures in a BIG EAST contest.
Later in the game MU received more contributions from their big men. Leading 51-45, freshman Davante Gardner scored five straight points to give MU a more commanding lead. Gardner tallied seven points and six rebounds in 11 minutes of play.
"I thought Davante was the swing vote in the second half," said Williams. "I thought he played really well."
Gardner seals the lane to free up Butler for two of his 16 pts.
The Golden Eagles did an excellent job on the glass, out-rebounding Seton Hall 39-21.
After a tumultuous performance against St. John's on Tuesday night, the point guard play for Marquette was much better tonight. Junior Cadougan, who started in place of Buycks, scored four points and dished out five assists. He has continued to make strides on the defensive end as he and Buycks teamed to hold Seton Hall point guard Jordan Theodore to just two points. Buycks, meanwhile, scored 11 points, dished out five assists and moist importantly did not turn the ball over.
Darius Johnson-Odom scored 11 points on 3-of-10 shooting. Jae Crowder added 10 points and eight rebounds off the bench.
Jeremy Hazell scored 23 points to lead all scorers. Jeff Robinson added 11 points and was the only other Pirate to finish in double figures.
The Golden Eagles will return to the court on Thursday night, where they will try and knock off the No. 12 ranked Connecticut Huskies.