Marquette scored 17 straight points early in the second half to cruise to a 72-54 Big East win over No. 22 Pittsburgh last night, reports the AP. Jerel McNeal scored 17 points to lead the Golden Eagles (18-6, 8-5) and Ousmane Barrow scored 14 and grabbed 12 rebounds as Marquette out-rebounded Pitt 13-4 to start the second half.
The Golden Eagles finished the first half on a 12-4 run for a 33-23 halftime lead. The Panthers (19-6, 7-5) got 18 points from Sam Young, but they missed nine of their first 11 shots in the second half and turned the ball over eight times during Marquette's decisive run.