The Cincinnati Bearcats remain on a hot streak heading toward the Big East Tournament, opening up a 16-point halftime lead in defeating the No. 8 Marquette Golden Eagles 72-61 at Fifth Third Arena in Cincinnati, Ohio, Wednesday night.
Guard Jaquon Parker went 10-of-18 from the floor to lead the Bearcats with 28 points. Fellow guard Dion Dixon added 21 points while forward Yancy Gates grabbed a game-high 13 rebounds. Following a three-game losing streak in mid-January, Cincinnati has now won six of their last eight to improve to 21-9 overall and 11-6 in the Big East, with a regular season finale at the Villanova Wildcats set for Saturday afternoon.
"We'll see you in New York," Cincinnati head coach Mick Cronin told the crowd, according to The Associated Press. "Then in the NCAA tournament."
For the No. 8 Golden Eagles, guard Darius Johnson-Odom had a team-high 18 points while forward Jae Crowder finished with 17 points and 12 rebounds. The loss was just the sixth of the season for Marquette, who are now 24-6 overall, 13-4 in the Big East and host the Georgetown Hoyas at the Bradley Center on Saturday.