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No. 10 Marquette benches stars, beats WVU 61-60

By John Raby

Associated Press

Published: Friday, Feb. 24 2012 9:30 p.m. MST

West Virginia's Keaton Miles, left, pressures Marquette's Juan Anderson (10) in the first half of an NCAA college basketball game, Friday, Feb. 24, 2012, in Morgantown, W.Va.

David Smith, Associated Press

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. — Jae Crowder scored 26 points and No. 10 Marquette, after benching Darius Johnson-Odom and two other starters in the first half for breaking team rules, overcame a double-digit deficit to beat West Virginia 61-60 on Friday night.

Johnson-Odom, the team's leading scorer, sat out the first half along with Junior Cadougan and Vander Blue due to an undisclosed violation of team rules. Still, the Golden Eagles (24-5, 13-3 Big East) won their fifth straight and 12th in the last 13 games.

Marquette fell behind by 15 early in the second half, but Crowder and Johnson-Odom led a 24-8 run and Marquette overtook the Mountaineers (17-12, 7-9).

Cadougan's layup put Marquette ahead to stay, 54-53, with 4:17 remaining. West Virginia had a chance to win it, but Darryl "Truck" Bryant missed a wild, off-balance shot from the baseline with 2 seconds left.

Bryant led West Virginia with 25 points.

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