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.