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Marquette trailed Louisville by 16 points 7 minutes into the first half and rallied to beat the Cardinals 74-63.
The Golden Eagles have made a very bad habit of starting slow in many of their games this season. It’s great to see them come back and win but it won’t work every time. They need to figure out how to start strong and stay strong throughout the game.
Davante Gardner had another big game, scoring 17 points and six rebounds. He made a few key point under the basket and got fouled. Gardner was able to make all 7 free throws. He has been starting for center Chris Otule who is out for the season with a left knee injury.
Other big scorers for the Golden Eagles were Darius Johnson-Odom with 18 points and Jae Crowder with 14 points.
Louisville’s big scorers were Russ Smith with 20 points and Chris Smith with 19 points. This was Louisville’s third loss in its last four Big East games.
Marquette goes on the road to play Providence on Saturday, January 21. The game can be seen on the Big East Network at 6 pm CST.