Marquette Smokes Pitt in Second Half

Golden Eagles use 17-0 run to hammer No. 22 Panthers
By Mitch Pritchard,  Newser User
Posted Feb 16, 2008 6:10 AM CST
Pittsburgh's DeJuan Blair, center, reacts to drawing a foul as Marquette's Dwight Burke, left, and Jerel McNeal look on in the first half of a college basketball game Friday, Feb. 15, 2008, at the Bradley...   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – 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.