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No. 22 Marquette beats No. 12 Syracuse 74-71

Updated: February 25, 2013, 10:39 PM ET
Associated Press

MILWAUKEE -- On Saturday, Davante Gardner was in Buzz Williams' doghouse with the Marquette coach benching his junior center after only 11 minutes against Villanova for poor play.

What a difference two days make.

Gardner scored a career-high 26 points and No. 22 Marquette beat No. 12 Syracuse 74-71 on Monday night in a game that further tightened things at the top of the Big East.

"Against their zone he understands where their gap is," Williams said of Gardner. "He just understands ...

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