Cincinnati beats No. 25 Marquette 71-69 in OT

CINCINNATI (AP) -- Sean Kilpatrick scored seven of his career-high 36 points in overtime Saturday night, and Cincinnati blew a 16-point lead before rallying to a 71-69 victory over No. 25 Marquette, ending the Bearcats' streak of three straight home losses.

Cincinnati (16-3, 4-2 Big East) pulled it out without point guard Cashmere Wright, who sprained his right knee during a 75-70 win at DePaul on Tuesday night. Without him, the Bearcats depended almost solely on Kilpatrick for points.

His driving layup with 4.3 seconds left in overtime broke the final tie. Junior Cadougan missed a driving jumper before the buzzer.

Marquette (13-4, 4-1) managed only 13 points in the first half and never led until overtime. The Golden Eagles' loss leaves No. 6 Syracuse as the only team still unbeaten in Big East play at 5-0. The Orange knocked off No. 1 Louisville 70-68 earlier Saturday.

Vander Blue led Marquette with 19 points. Davante Gardner scored 15 -- 13 of them on free throws, including a pair with 2.9 seconds left in regulation that tied it at 63.

AP-WF-01-20-13 0302GMT


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