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
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
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
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
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.