(23) Notre Dame 58

(2-1, 0-1 away)

(24) Marquette 71

(5-0, 4-0 home)

    9:00 PM ET, December 1, 2003

    BMO Harris Bradley Center, Milwaukee, Wisconsin

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    #23ND 26 3258
    #24MARQ 41 3071

    Novak nets five 3-pointers for win

    MILWAUKEE (AP) -- Steve Novak scored a career-high 21 points, including five 3-pointers, to lead Marquette (No. 23 ESPN/USA Today; No. 24 AP) to a 71-58 victory over Notre Dame (No. 20 ESPN/USA Today; No. 23 AP) on Monday night.

    Scott Merritt added 18 points and 12 rebounds for the Golden Eagles (5-0), while Travis Diener scored 12 points.

    Torin Francis had 23 points and nine rebounds for Notre Dame (2-1), while Torrian Jones added 14 and Chris Thomas, who was averaging 19.5 points, had 11.

    Last year, the Irish beat then-No. 13 Marquette 92-71 at their Joyce Center. Notre Dame had not played Marquette at the Bradley Center since a 72-48 loss on Nov. 21, 1997.

    Novak hit consecutive 3-pointers that gave Marquette a 63-49 lead with 3:57 to play.

    Marquette clung to its double-digit lead for most of the second half until a basket by Thomas cut it to seven with 1:23 to play, but Novak made four free throws and Diener added two to seal the win.

    Marquette took an early lead, capitalizing on Notre Dame's poor shooting.

    Merritt had eight points during a 20-2 run that was capped by Marcus Jackson's basket that gave Marquette a 22-5 lead with 10:50 left in the first half.

    Jackson's layin pushed the lead to 34-11, but the Irish went on a 15-7 run. Jones had six points and Francis added five, including two free throws, in the run that trimmed Marquette's lead to 41-26 at halftime.

    Notre Dame was 7-of-29 from the field in the first half, including 2-of-16 from 3-point range, while Marquette was 16-of-30 from the field and 3-of-6 from beyond the arc.

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