The [Jimmy] Butler Did It: MU 63 SJ 61 OT

MARQUETTE 63, ST JOHN'S 61: The Golden Eagles earned their second consecutive overtime road victory on Jimmy Butler's fall-away jumper from the right baseline jumper seals the deal at the buzzer.

Marquette, which beat Cincinnati in OT on Sunday, led by three near the end of regulation, but the Red Storm's Justin Burrell tied the game with a three-pointer and Butler just missed a 20-footer that would have won it. The team had trailed most of the game before finally drawing even at 49-49 with 3:15 to play and won despite shooting less than 35% from the floor.

Lazar Hayward battled foul trouble but still led Marquette with 22 points. Butler had eight rebounds to go along with his 18 points.


--Marquette finished the Cincinnati game 16-for-17 from the free throw line. The only attempt it missed came from Jimmy Butler in overtime.

--Maurice Acker was leading the Big East in assists/turnover ratio as the week began and had another great game against Cincinnati, dishing out six assists without committing a single turnover.

ON THE SPOT: St. John's plays very good defense, but 34.4 percent is still a bad shooting night for any team. Darius Johnson-Odom went 2-for-12 from the field, and despite his late game heroics Jimmy Butler was cold most of the night and finished 4-for-14.

QUOTE TO NOTE: "Every game is going to be a possession game, and I think we've finished more possessions in the last two (road) games than the previous five. Not just at the end of the games, but possessions throughout the game -- on both ends of the floor." -– Marquette coach Buzz Williams to the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel, before embarking on the three-game Big East road trip that began Feb. 21 at Cincinnati.

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