Marquette Gets Win Over Upset-Minded South Florida

No. 17 Golden Eagles move to 5-3 in Big East
By Doug Sweeney,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 29, 2008 11:43 PM CST
South Florida's Kentrell Gransberry, center, is fouled by Marquette's Lazar Hayward, left, as Dwight Burke, right, posts up in the second half of a basketball game Tuesday Jan. 29, 2008 Milwaukee. (AP...   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – 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.