No. 21 Marquette Back on Track

67-37 defeat of Florida Gulf Coast is best defense in 4 years
By Katherine Thompson,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 5, 2008 3:46 AM CST
Marquette's Trevor Mbakwe, right, defends against Florida Gulf Coast's Yavney Neptune, who tries for a layup in the second half of a basketball game Tuesday, March 4, 2008, in Milwaukee. (AP Photo/Darren...   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – Marquette responded to its tough overtime loss to Georgetown last week by dismantling the Florida Gulf Coast Eagles 67-37, AP reports. The 21st-ranked team hasn't held an opponent to so few points since 2004; no Eagles player scored more than six. Lazar Hayward had 18 points and 11 boards for the Golden Eagles, in striking contrast to his recent play.

Hayward had gone 0-for-8 against Georgetown, but shot 50% last night, including three 3-pointers. Wesley Matthews and Dominic James added 12 and 11 points for Marquette in a game that saw 15 players take the court. Gulf Coast shot 28% from the field, clearly stymied by Georgetown's big men.