Posted January 01, 2012 on AP on Fox
Darius Johnson-Odom matched a season-high with 24 points and led No. 14 Marquette to an 81-77 victory over Villanova on Sunday. Reserve forward Davante Gardner had 13 points and a career-high 10 rebounds for the Golden Eagles (12-2, 1-0 Big East), who responded from their worst performance of the season - a 17-point drubbing by Vanderbilt on Thursday - with a solid start to the conference season. Mouphtaou Yarou had 14 points for the Wildcats (7-7, 0-2) and JayVaughn Pinkston had a career-high 13. The Wildcats, without a scholarship senior, are off to their worst start in coach Jay Wright's 11 seasons and have lost seven of 10 after starting the season 4-0. Marquette led 42-39 at halftime and opened the first 2-plus minutes of the second half on a 9-0 run. Jae Crowder scored seven points during the spurt.
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