7:00 PM ET, February 24, 2011
XL Center, Hartford, Connecticut
HARTFORD, Conn. -- Marquette's players have heard over and over the last couple of weeks that they needed a quality road win to enhance their NCAA tournament resume.They got it.Darius Johnson-Odom scored nine of his 17 points in overtime Thursday night to lead the Golden Eagles to a 74-67 victory over Connecticut (No. 15 ESPN/USA Today, No. 14 AP), which played without coach Jim Calhoun on the bench."This was just another game," Johnson-Odom said when asked about how big this game was coming in for the Golden Eagles. "I don't know anything about our hopes for the tournament or whatnot. All we can do is keep playing, finish the season out and see what happens at the end."Jimmy Butler added 16 points for the Golden Eagles (17-11, 8-7 Big East), who tied the game at 59 with 5.3 seconds left on a drive by Johnson-Odom.
Katz: Marquette Comes Through on Road
After a number of close calls, Marquette finally got a signature win on the road, writes Andy Katz. Blog
• Kemba Walker scored 27 points for Connecticut and Alex Oriakhi had his eighth double-double of the season (12 points, 15 rebounds), but Darius Johnson-Odom scored 17 points for Marquette, including nine points in overtime.
• Johnson-Odom's running layup with five seconds remaining tied the game to force overtime.
• It was Connecticut's second loss at the XL Center this season (6-2). The Huskies have lost five of their past eight games overall.
• Walker has 622 points this season, becoming the first player since Ben Gordon and Emeka Okafor (2003-04 season) to score 600 in a season. Walker is the 11th player in school history to score 600 in a season.
-- ESPN Stats & Information
Team Stat Comparison
|FG Made-Attempted||26-70 (.371)||28-77 (.364)|
|3P Made-Attempted||4-20 (.200)||5-22 (.227)|
|FT Made-Attempted||18-28 (.643)||6-11 (.545)|
|Fouls (Tech/Flagrant)||17 (0/0)||19 (0/0)|