No. 6 West Virginia 63, Marquette 62

Da’Sean Butler’s 20-foot jumper with 2 seconds left lifted No. 6

West Virginia to a 63-62 victory over Marquette on Tuesday

night.

West Virginia (11-0, 2-0 Big East) overcame a five-point deficit

in the final minute and its lowest point total of the season to

improve to its best start since a Jerry West-led team won 14

straight to begin the 1957-58 season.

Devin Ebanks led the Mountaineers with 19 points, while Kevin

Jones added 18 and Butler 17.

Lazar Hayward scored 24 points and Darius Johnson-Odom added 14

for Marquette (9-4, 0-1). The Golden Eagles made 10 of 16

3-pointers but had none over the final 9 minutes.

Butler fouled out of a blowout loss at Marquette last season but

this time kept the Mountaineers in a game in which they trailed for

most of the second half. He scored eight points over the final 12

minutes.

West Virginia blew a 10-point lead over the final minute of

regulation against Seton Hall on Saturday but won in overtime.

Hayward’s three-point play started a 10-5 run and Dwight Buycks’

basket with 4:53 left gave Marquette its largest lead of the second

half, 59-53.

Marquette led 62-57 after a free throw by Johnson-Odom with 1:02

left, but the Golden Eagles didn’t score again.

After Johnson-Odom missed the front end of a 1-and-1, Ebanks

went the length of the court and dunked with 16 seconds left to

pull West Virginia within 62-61.

Marquette’s Jimmy Butler missed another 1-and-1 with 11 seconds

left and the Mountaineers made him pay.

Butler turned around on the top right side of the key and buried

a long jumper with his foot on the 3-point line, prompting a roar

from the sellout crowd.

After a timeout, Joe Mazzulla intercepted a long pass at the

other end of the court to send the Mountaineers unbeaten into

Friday’s showdown at No. 4 Purdue (12-0).

For the third straight game, West Virginia coach Bob Huggins

started an all-forward lineup, which averaged 3 inches taller than

Marquette’s starters. But height wasn’t an issue for the Golden

Eagles.

West Virginia scored the game’s first seven points. But behind

seven 3-pointers, Marquette led by as many as seven late in the

first half. Ebanks’ 3-pointer at the buzzer cut the Golden Eagles’

lead to 37-33.