Scores

Final

DePaul 62

(10-7, 3-3 C-USA)

Marquette 70

(12-5, 3-3 C-USA)

    12:00 PM ET, January 24, 2004

    BMO Harris Bradley Center, Milwaukee, Wisconsin

    1 2 T
    DEP 37 2562
    MARQ 36 3470

    Diener posts double-double despite whiplash

    MILWAUKEE (AP) -- Travis Diener returned from a neck injury to score 15 points and hand out 12 assists, leading Marquette past DePaul, 70-62 Saturday afternoon.

    Freshman guard Dameon Mason, also questionable before the game with migraines, had a career-high 21 points for Marquette (12-5, 3-3 Conference USA), which avoided losing four straight for the first time since the 1998-99 season.

    DePaul fell to 10-7, 3-3. Marquette has beaten the Blue Demons seven straight times and 18-of-20.

    Mason made nine of his 13 shots and gave Marquette a 51-49 lead with four straight points, including a steal and fast-break slam dunk with 8:22 remaining. Marquette went up five, 56-51, with Diener's long 3-pointer from the right wing with about 4:30 left. Two Mason free throws made it 58-51 less than a minute later.

    DePaul got no closer than four the rest of the way. Marquette made seven free throws in the final 37 seconds -- five from Diener -- to seal it.

    Quemont Greer had 20 points for DePaul, and Sammy Mejia and Drake Diener added 12 each. Leading scorer Delonte Holland, who came in averaging 18.9 points per game, had just seven on 3-of-11 shooting after suffering an apparent ankle injury midway through the first half. He returned soon after.

    Travis Diener suffered severe whiplash after a player landed on him during Tuesday night's game at Charlotte, and did not practice the rest of the week. A game-day decision to start him drew a loud roar from the crowd before the game.

    He quickly made his presence known, registering an assist on a layup by Scott Merritt 20 seconds in, as Marquette made its first five shots and went up 10-4 early before DePaul seemingly couldn't miss.

    DePaul made 15 of its first 20 shots to go up by as many as 12 points, 35-23, late in the first half.

    At one point, DePaul outscored Marquette 29-10 before the Golden Eagles cut the lead to just one, 37-36, at the half.

    The Blue Demons shot 61.5 percent in the first half, and made five of their six 3-point attempts. Marquette was equally hot, shooting 57.7 percent. Mason made all five of his first-half shots.

    Merritt had 12 points and nine rebounds for the Golden Eagles.

    Game notes


    At halftime, Marquette special assistant coach Trey Schwab, in a taped message, encouraged fans to consider organ donation as part of the "Get Game -- Give Life" program. Schwab has been on the transplant waiting list for more than two years as he battles an incurable lung illness. Miss Wisconsin 2003, Tina Sauerhammer, also spoke. Her father died last year while waiting for a kidney transplant. ... Marquette last lost four games in a row during coach Mike Deane's final year, when the Golden Eagles finished 14-15. Under Crean, Marquette had lost three in a row four different times. Marquette, which lost to Cincinnati last Saturday at the Bradley Center, hasn't lost two straight games at home since 1999-2000. ... DePaul's Drake Diener is Travis' cousin, and the two guarded each other for much of the game.

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