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        === Blue helps No. 18 Marquette get past No. 16 Pittsburgh ===
 
 Milwaukee, WI (Sports Network) - Vander Blue had 19 points and the 18th-ranked
 Marquette  Golden Eagles  extended their  home winning  streak to  23 straight
 games with a 79-69 victory over the 16th-ranked Pittsburgh Panthers.
 
 Davante Gardner and Jamil Wilson added 14 and 13 points, respectively, for the
 Golden  Eagles  (18-6, 9-3  Big East), who  bounced back from  a 63-55 loss at
 Georgetown on Monday night. Trent Lockett tallied 11 points.
 
 "For  our guys  to have executed the  way that they did, I'm very thankful for
 the win," said Marquette head coach Buzz Williams.
 
 Marquette moved into a first-place tie with Georgetown and Syracuse in the Big
 East.
 
 The Golden Eagles beat Pittsburgh twice this season, also winning in the Steel
 City back on Jan. 12.
 
 Lamar  Patterson ended with  19 points for the Panthers (20-6, 8-5), who had a
 three-game  winning  streak snapped. Tray  Woodall tallied 10 points and eight
 assists.
 
 "Things  we emphasized,  we didn't get done," said Pittsburgh head coach Jamie
 Dixon.
 
 Pittsburgh  got within  three, 28-25, on James Robinson's layup with 5:37 left
 in the first half.
 
 But  the Golden  Eagles responded  with  a 14-4  run  to close  out the  half.
 Lockett,  Wilson  and Blue connected  from beyond the  arc during the surge to
 make it 42-29.
 
 After  Woodall started the  second half with a jumper, Marquette went on a 6-0
 spurt.  Blue made  two free throws and  Junior Cadougan connected on a pair of
 jumpers to give the home team a 48-31 margin.
 
 Pittsburgh  cut the gap to 11, 61-50, with 8:11 to play, but the Golden Eagles
 responded  with  an 11-4  run. Gardner's  layup with 4:20  remaining made it a
 72-54 contest.
 
 
                                   Game Notes
 
 Marquette  leads  the all-time  series  by a 9-8  margin ... The Golden Eagles
 shot  56.5  percent from  the field and  went 22-of-29 from  the foul line ...
 Wilson had eight rebounds.
 
 
 02/16 22:28:50 ET

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