MILWAUKEE (AP) -- Steve Novak made six 3-pointers and had a
team-high 22 points to help Marquette overcome poor shooting in the
first half Saturday and beat San Francisco 61-48.
A 9-0 run that included 3-pointers by Novak and senior Joe
Chapman gave Marquette a 43-37 lead with 7:25 left, while Novak's
sixth 3-pointer put Marquette ahead 55-46 with less than 2 minutes
Marquette made 26.5 percent of its shots in the first half
compared with 42.9 percent for San Francisco and trailed 26-24 at
Jerel McNeal added 15 points for Marquette (7-3) while Jason
Wallace-Carter had 17 and Alan Wiggins Jr. 14 for San Francisco
San Francisco held a 32-26 lead early in the second half before
Marquette scored six straight points to pull to a 32-32 tie.
San Francisco then missed 3-pointers on three straight
possessions, but took a 35-32 lead with a 3-pointer by junior guard
The teams traded a pair of baskets before Novak's fourth
3-pointer pulled Marquette into a 37-37 tie with 9:39 left. Then
Wesley Matthews and McNeal made three of four free throws and
Chapman ended the 9-0 run with a 3-pointer.
San Francisco led by as many as five points in the first half
before McNeal and Novak both made 3-pointers to pull Marquette to a
21-21 tie with 4:32 left before the break. Jason Wallace-Carter
made a jumper from the right baseline seconds before the buzzer to
put San Francisco ahead.