Lazar Hayward and No. 17 Marquette turned back South Florida’s upset bid with a 62-54 victory. Hayward scored a career-high 23 points and pulled down 8 rebounds. Wesley Matthews helped put the game away for the Golden Eagles (15-4, 5-3 Big East) by hitting three late 3-pointers and scoring 16 points overall, according to the Associated Press.
The Bulls (10-11, 1-7 Big East) had a 10-4 run early in the second half to tie the game at 42. For a time it appeared that South Florida might add a tally to the long list of upsets that have characterized the Big East this season but Marquette was able to pull away down the stretch. Kentrell Gransberry led the Bulls with 15 points and 15 rebounds.