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Recap: Pittsburgh 69, Marquette 79
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Date: February 16, 2013 1:00 PM EDT
  

MILWAUKEE (AP) - Marquette coach Buzz Williams wanted to celebrate the 18th-ranked Golden Eagles' latest win that moved them back into a first-place tie in the Big East. Then, remembering there was still nearly a month until NCAA Selection Sunday, he decided against it.

Vander Blue scored 19 points to lead Marquette past No. 16 Pittsburgh 79-69 on Saturday for its 23rd straight home win - the fourth-longest active streak in the country.

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``I want to be really excited and I want to dance in the locker room,' Williams said. ``I can't. Because then I won't work tomorrow. And if we don't work tomorrow and don't figure out a way to find a way to beat Seton Hall (Tuesday), then we've lost the impact of what this positive work was.

``I guess from a program selfishness standpoint, can we be tough enough that over the next 29 days, can we exhaust every opportunity to improve? Exhaust every opportunity to see where we will be at the end? And along the way, never become satisfied with where we're at.'

Blue, Marquette's leading scorer, was 7 of 8 from the field and 3 for 4 on free throws to go with six rebounds for the Golden Eagles (18-6, 9-3). On Monday, Blue made just three shots and scored seven points in a 63-55 loss at No. 15 Georgetown, which is also 9-3 in league play.

``I had sort of a weird feeling about how I played at Georgetown,' Blue said. ``I felt like we could've got that one there. That was a big one. . I just wanted to make sure I was mentally and physically there right out of the gates to give us the boost and energy that we needed to win. I was just thinking, take what was given to me, don't force anything and just play with unbelievable energy.'

Marquette shot 57 percent (26 for 46) and also won the teams' previous meeting this season, 74-67 in overtime at Pittsburgh on Jan. 20.

``I think if I were to say our best performance on the road in Big East play would be at Pitt, and I thought our best performance at home in a Big East game thus far would be Pitt,' Williams said. ``I think they're one of the top two or three teams in our league.'

Lamar Patterson scored 19 points to lead Pittsburgh (20-6, 8-5), which entered the game fifth in the nation in scoring defense (54.4 ppg). Tray Woodall added 10 points and eight assists for the Panthers, who lost for just the second time in their last nine games.

``There were three things we wanted to do,' Pittsburgh coach Jamie Dixon said. ``Hold them under 40 percent defensively; we didn't come close to that. We wanted to keep them off the free-throw line; we certainly didn't come close to that. Then obviously the rebounding, we got out-rebounded, so simply put, the 10-point loss is really pretty easy to see.'

Davante Gardner finished with 14 points for Marquette and scored 10 of his team's 11 during a key stretch late in the game.

Gardner started his scoring spree when he tipped in his own miss to give the Golden Eagles a 63-50 lead with 6:35 to play.

Woodall missed a 3-pointer but Pittsburgh got the offensive rebound. The Panthers also got the rebound on a miss by Talib Zanna, and then Dixon was called for his first technical of the season with 6:05 to play.

``That was my first one in I don't know how long,' Dixon said. ``I congratulated them on that. There was no bad language. I'll be sure to pass that onto my mom.'

Gardner made both free throws, and after a 3-pointer by Patterson, he sank two more from the line to give Marquette a 67-53 lead with 5:45 remaining.

Fifteen seconds later, Patterson turned the ball over and then received a flagrant foul call. Derrick Wilson made one free throw, Gardner was fouled, and made two more free throws for a 70-53 lead with 5:13 left.

After a free throw by Patterson, Gardner capped his offensive outburst with a layup off a pass from Jamil Wilson for Marquette's biggest lead, 72-54, with 4:14 to go.

Pittsburgh scored eight of the next 10 points and got within 74-62 on a layup by Woodall. But the Panthers missed their next three shots and fell behind, 76-62, on a dunk by Jamil Wilson with 2:00 to go.

In the first half, a jumper by Trent Lockett gave Marquette a 28-18 lead with 7:19 to go.

Pittsburgh responded by scoring the next seven points to trim the deficit to 28-25 after a layup by James Robinson with 5:37 left.

But that's as close as the Panthers would get, as Marquette scored 11 of the final 13 points of the half for a 42-29 lead at the break.

``I thought we got the ball around the basket and didn't finish well,' Dixon said. ``We normally finish those, but for whatever reason, we didn't. I don't know what that reason was.'

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 CLOSING LAS VEGAS LINE
 Team  ML   SPR   O/U 
 PITT  -150   -3   125.5 
 MARQET  +130   +3   
LAS VEGAS LINE MOVEMENTS

 CLOSING SPORTSBOOK LINE
 Team  ML   SPR   O/U 
 PITT  -140   -2.5   125 
 MARQET  +120   +2.5   
OFFSHORE LINE MOVEMENTS

 BETTING TRENDS
 Team  ML   SPR   O/U 
 PITT  26%   41%   52% 
 MARQET  74%   59%   48% 
BT MOVEMENTS

 NCAA BK RECAPS
 Saturday, Feb 16
 
    Kent at Ohio
11:00 AM EDT
    Villanova at Connecticut
12:00 PM EDT
    Xavier at Dayton
12:00 PM EDT
    Boston College at Florida State
12:00 PM EDT
    Virginia at North Carolina
12:00 PM EDT
    William Mary at Old Dominion
12:00 PM EDT
    Notre Dame at Providence
12:00 PM EDT
    Rutgers at DePaul
1:00 PM EDT
    St Josephs at LaSalle
1:00 PM EDT
    Pittsburgh at Marquette
1:00 PM EDT
    Kentucky at Tennessee
1:00 PM EDT
    Florida at Auburn
1:45 PM EDT
    Texas Christian at Iowa State
1:45 PM EDT
    Oklahoma at Oklahoma State
1:45 PM EDT
    Indiana State at Bradley
2:00 PM EDT
    Purdue at Indiana
2:00 PM EDT
    Illinois Chicago at Loyola-Chicago
2:00 PM EDT
    Virginia Tech at North Carolina State
2:00 PM EDT
    Georgia Tech at Wake Forest
2:00 PM EDT
    Creighton at Evansville
3:00 PM EDT
    Missouri at Arkansas
4:00 PM EDT
    Butler at Fordham
4:00 PM EDT
    Towson at Hofstra
4:00 PM EDT
    UCLA at Stanford
4:00 PM EDT
    Texas Tech at West Virginia
4:00 PM EDT
    South Carolina at Alabama
4:00 PM EDT
    Southern Utah at Eastern Washington
5:00 PM EDT
    Mississippi St at Louisiana State
5:00 PM EDT
    Cornell at Brown
6:00 PM EDT
    Duke at Maryland
6:00 PM EDT
    Temple at Massachusetts
6:00 PM EDT
    Detroit at Valparaiso
6:00 PM EDT
    Texas AM at Vanderbilt
6:30 PM EDT
    Pennsylvania at Dartmouth
7:00 PM EDT
    Princeton at Harvard
7:00 PM EDT
    Baylor at Kansas State
7:00 PM EDT
    Cal Riverside at Long Beach State
7:00 PM EDT
    Northeastern at UNC Wilmington
7:00 PM EDT
    Oregon at Washington State
7:00 PM EDT
    Syracuse at Seton Hall
8:00 PM EDT
    Northern Iowa at Drake
8:00 PM EDT
    Georgia at Mississippi
8:00 PM EDT
    Michigan St at Nebraska
8:00 PM EDT
    Missouri St at Southern Illinois
8:00 PM EDT
    Rice at UAB
8:00 PM EDT
    Montana at Idaho State
9:00 PM EDT
    Texas at Kansas
9:00 PM EDT
    Sacramento State at Northern Colo
9:00 PM EDT
    San Diego State at UNLV
9:00 PM EDT
    Montana State at Weber State
9:00 PM EDT
    Denver at San Jose State
10:00 PM EDT
    Northridge at UC Davis
10:00 PM EDT
    Santa Barbara at Cal Poly SLO
10:00 PM EDT
    Hawaii at Pacific
10:00 PM EDT
    Cal State Fullerton at UC Irvine
11:00 PM EDT
    Oregon State at Washington
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