National Basketball Association
Marquette 74, Syracuse 71
When: 7:00 PM ET, Monday, February 25, 2013
Where: BMO Harris Bradley Center, Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Officials: # Roger Ayers, # Doug Shows, # Mike Stuart
Attendance: 16049

No. 22 Marquette 74, No. 12 Syracuse 71: Davante Gardner rebounded from a poor game with a career-high 26 points and eight boards off the bench to power the host Golden Eagles past the Orange.

Gardner was nearly perfect following a two-point, one-rebound performance in a loss to Villanova on Saturday, shooting 7-of-7 from the field and 12-of-13 from the foul line for Marquette (20-7, 11-4 Big East).

C.J. Fair poured in a team-high 20 points for Syracuse (22-6, 10-5), which lost consecutive games for the second time this season and has dropped four of its last five on the road.

The Orange started fast and controlled much of the first half, building an 11-point lead twice. Gardner ignited a half-ending 13-5 rally with a three-point play and a jumper over the last 2:18 to cut the Golden Eagles’ deficit to 32-29 at the break.

Syracuse grabbed a seven-point advantage for the last time on a layup by Brandon Triche with 9:09 left after the teams exchanged leads twice over the early part of the second half, but two 3-pointers from Todd Mayo and four points from Gardner helped Marquette take control. Mayo’s two free throws with 1:30 remaining capped a 19-4 run for the Golden Eagles, who held off Syracuse by converting nine of their 12 free throws over the final 90 seconds.

GAME NOTEBOOK: Marquette shot 29-of-35 from the foul line, setting a season high in made free throws. … Triche, the Orange’s leading scorer, finished with eight points – the third time over the last seven games he has been held to fewer than 10 points. … The Golden Eagles improved to 15-0 at home this season and have won 24 consecutive at the Bradley Center – the second-longest active streak in the country.

Top Game Performances
Syracuse   Marquette
C.J. Fair 20 Scoring Davante Gardner 26
Brandon Triche 8 Assists Jamil Wilson 7
Baye Moussa Keita 8 Rebounds Davante Gardner 8
C.J. Fair 3 Free Throws Made Davante Gardner 12
Michael Carter-Williams 2 Steals Junior Cadougan 4
James Southerland 2 Blocks Chris Otule 1
Team Stats Summary
Team Points FG% 3PM-3PA FTM-FTA Assists Rebounds Blocks Steals Turnovers
Syracuse 71 47.5 8-24 5-7 19 26 3 4 12
Marquette 74 42.6 5-21 29-35 16 30 1 9 12