NEW YORK (KDKA/AP) – Marquette beat the defending champions, No. 20 West Virginia, 67-61 on Wednesday night in the second round of the Big East tournament.
Marquette was led by Junior Cadougan with 15 points, but it was the team’s second leading scorer Darius Johnson-Odom that secured the win for the Golden Eagles.
Johnson-Odom is the team’s most proficient three-point shooter with 62 from beyond the arc entering Wednesday’s game. He scored 11 points, including two big three-pointers in the final minutes.
The 11th-seeded Golden Eagles (20-13) advanced to the quarterfinals, where they will face third-seeded and 14th-ranked Louisville (23-8) on Thursday night.
The Mountaineers received contributions from every player on the team and were led by Kevin Jones with 15 points and five rebounds, John Flowers had 11 points, and Darryl Bryant added 10.
West Virginia was seven of 11 from three-point range in taking a 36-29 halftime lead, but the Mountaineers were just three of 11 from beyond the arc in the second half.
“It’s been a year-long problem, we just don’t make open shots,” West Virginia coach Bob Huggins said of his team’s 6-for-27 effort from the field in the second half.
West Virginia’s Casey Mitchell made a three-pointer to give the Mountaineers a 51-48 lead with 11:06 to play, but that was the Mountaineers’ last field goal until 1:45 left in the game.
This is the third straight year the defending champion lost in its first game the next season.