Marquette sends Pitt to another loss

Marquette sends Pitt to another loss

Published Jan. 14, 2012 12:00 a.m. ET

Darius Johnson-Odom scored 18 points and Jae Crowder added 15 to help No. 25 Marquette beat Pittsburgh 62-57 on Saturday, the Panthers' sixth straight loss.

The Panthers (11-7, 0-5) remain the only winless team in the Big East.

The Golden Eagles (14-4, 3-2) won their second straight conference game after losing consecutive games to No. 11 Georgetown and No. 1 Syracuse.

Ashton Gibbs led Pittsburgh with a career-high 29 points and Nasir Robinson added 10.


Gibbs hit a 3-pointer from the corner with 54.1 seconds remaining to trim Marquette's lead to 60-57.

With the shot clock running down, Crowder missed a 3-pointer from the corner, but Davante Gardner grabbed the rebound and was fouled with 18.1 seconds left. He hit both free throws to give Marquette a 62-57 lead.

Marquette trailed until turning up the defensive pressure midway through the second half.

Trailing 41-36, the Golden Eagles went on a 13-0 run to grab a 49-41 lead with 8:30 remaining on Jamil Wilson's two free throws. Using a full-court press, Marquette's run featured consecutive steals and driving layups by Todd Mayo.

Gibbs hit three free throws for Pittsburgh, but Crowder countered with a 3-pointer from the top of the key to give Marquette a 52-44 lead with 6:07 remaining.

Pittsburgh narrowed the lead to 54-51 when Gibbs hit a jumper with 3:25 remaining. Johnson-Odom then hit consecutive 3-pointers to give Marquette a 60-51 lead with 1:50 remaining.

Pittsburgh took a 21-13 lead when Lamar Patterson scored on a layup with 7:18 remaining. But Marquette fought back with a 7-1 run to cut the lead to 22-20 with 3:52 remaining on a free throw by Mayo.

The Panthers closed the half strong to take a 29-24 lead.

Despite the lead, Pittsburgh continued to struggle from the field as the Panthers hit only 10 of 25 shots, including making only 4 of 12 3-pointers.

In its last game, a 62-39 loss to Rutgers on Wednesday, Pittsburgh hit only four field goals in the first half and ended up making 12 of 57 for the game. It was their lowest point total in 38 years and lowest at home in 61 years.

Pittsburgh finished at 43.5 percent for the game from the field.

The loss broke the Panthers' four-game winning streak against Marquette. Pittsburgh leads the all-time series 8-7.