PISCATAWAY, N.J. (AP) -- Darius Johnson-Odom tied a career-high with 29 points and sparked a key second-half run to lead Marquette to a 73-65 win over Rutgers on Wednesday night.
Jimmy Butler added 16 points and Jae Crowder had 15 points and seven rebounds for the Golden Eagles (11-4, 2-0 Big East), who defeated Rutgers (9-5, 0-2) for the fifth straight time and handed the Scarlet Knights their first loss in eight home games.
Rutgers got 24 points from James Beatty, while Gilvydas Biruta had 12 and Robert Lumpkins 10.
With Marquette leading 46-42, Rutgers had a chance to draw the closest it had been since 19-16, but missed three straight shots. Johnson-Odom then scored 10 points in a 16-10 run as the Golden Eagles opened a 62-52 advantage.
Rutgers pulled to within seven points on four occasions but could never get closer despite Marquette missing six foul shots in the final two minutes.
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