Jae Crowder scored 26 points and No. 10 Marquette, after benching Darius Johnson-Odom and two other starters in the first half for breaking team rules, overcame a double-digit deficit to beat West Virginia 61-60 on Friday night. Johnson-Odom, the team’s leading scorer, sat out the first half along with Junior Cadougan and Vander Blue due to an undisclosed violation of team rules. Still, the Golden Eagles (24-5, 13-3 Big East) won their fifth straight and 12th in the last 13 games. Marquette fell behind by 15 early in the second half, but Crowder and Johnson-Odom led a 24-8 run and Marquette overtook the Mountaineers (17-12, 7-9), who may need to win their final two regular-season games to have any chance at an automatic bid to their fifth straight NCAA tournament.
NCAABB: Marquette Golden Eagles vs. West Virginia Mountaineers