Feb. 18, 2010
MILWAUKEE (AP)--Gary McGhee had 10 points and six blocked shots to lead No. 19 Pittsburgh to a 58-51 victory over Marquette on Thursday night.
Nasir Robinson, Brad Wanamaker and Jermaine Dixon added 10 points each for the Panthers (20-6, 9-4 Big East), who ran their winning streak to four games coming off a triple-overtime victory over No. 8 West Virginia.
Jimmy Butler scored 14 points for the Golden Eagles (16-9, 7-6), who had won five straight games, launching a surprise bid to return to the NCAA tournament in what was widely expected to be a rebuilding season.
Pitt held Lazar Hayward, Marquette's leading scorer, to 11 points on 4-of-17 shooting.
Hayward came into the game averaging 19.4 points and 10.4 rebounds during the Golden Eagles' five-game winning streak, including three double-doubles.
Darius Johnson-Odom added 13 points for Marquette. The Golden Eagles, who entered the game second in the nation in 3-point shooting at 42.3 percent, were held to 5 of 19 from 3-point range.
Pittsburgh, meanwhile, came in as the Big East's best defensive team on the perimeter, holding opponents to 30.3 percent from 3-point range.
The Panthers won despite an off night from leading scorer Ashton Gibbs, who had two points and missed all six of his field goal attempts.
Trailing by six points at halftime, Marquette grabbed momentum to start the second half with a steal and fastbreak dunk by Johnson-Odom, a 3-pointer by Johnson-Odom and a putback by Butler.
The Golden Eagles took a 34-33 lead on a driving layup by Butler, but the Panthers went on a 14-5 run from there, including three dunks by Dante Taylor, as Marquette's interior defense fell apart.
Robinson scored inside, giving the Panthers a 47-39 lead with 9:24 remaining.
The Golden Eagles rallied to cut the lead to five, but Robinson hit a 3-pointer and Wanamaker made a jumper to give the Panthers a 10-point lead with 5:42 left.
Marquette later cut the lead to five points on a three-point play by Hayward with 2:16 left. Wanamaker lost the ball out of bounds with 1:13 left, but Maurice Acker missed a 3-point try that could have cut the lead to two.
David Cubillan missed another 3-point attempt, leaving Marquette coach Buzz Williams hollering for a loose-ball foul. The Golden Eagles allowed a long inbounds pass for a breakaway slam by Dixon, putting the Panthers up 58-51 with 45 seconds left.