Marquette made a late run in the first half and then listened to coach Buzz Williams tell the team why it was so important.
Darius Johnson-Odom scored 23 points and Jamil Wilson added 18 points and nine rebounds to lead the 18th-ranked Golden Eagles to an 89-76 victory over DePaul on Monday night.
Trailing 41-29, Johnson-Odom scored nine points during an 11-2 run by the Golden Eagles (20-5, 9-3 Big East) to close the first half. He opened the second half by hitting a 3 that tied the game at 43, and Jae Crowder gave the Golden Eagles their first lead of the game with a free throw. Vander Blue hit a jumper to cap off a 16-3 run to open the second half and give Marquette a 56-46 lead.
''I think considering what our roster is as of today, considering it was back-to-back road games within 48 hours, considering it was coming off of a loss, considering the importance to this game to a lot of people because of the tradition it was the most important half that we played and that's what I ...