The only Big East basketball game on Tuesday was the No. 17/18 Marquette Golden Eagles vs. the South Florida Bulls. Marquette won 67-47. The win was the fifth in a row for Marquette and the loss snapped a three-game win streak for USF.
This game was over at halftime. The Golden Eagles held a 33-21 lead at the break and didn't relent in the second half. South Florida kept it close through most of the first half, but Marquette closed on a 15-6 run over the final 3:35 of the half. The Golden Eagles got their 47th point with 13:32 to play in the game and held a 47-26 lead at that point.
As the game wore on the Bulls' turnovers (22 total) hurt them over and over. Marquette turned the ball over just five times and held a 20-3 advantage in points off turnovers. Marquette also had 19 fast break points. The Bulls outrebounded Marquette but were outscored in the paint 28-16.
Darius Johnson-Odom led Marquette with 17 points. Davante Gardner and Jae Crowder each scored 15 for the Golden Eagles. Toarlyn Fitzpatrick led the Bulls with 19 points and 10 boards. Victor Rudd chipped in 10 points for USF.
There are five Big East games tonight: Villanova at No. 25 Louisville (7 p.m., TV: ESPN); DePaul at Rutgers (7 p.m., TV: ESPN3); Providence at Pitt (7 p.m., TV: ESPN3), West Virginia at St. John's (7 p.m., TV: ESPNU); Notre Dame at Seton Hall (8 p.m., TV: ESPN3).