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Marquette holds off North Carolina Central 75-66 Saturday


MILWAUKEE (WTAQ) - The Marquette Golden Eagles admit it – sometimes they play down to the level of their competition.

Making 20 turnovers Saturday night, coach Buzz Williams’ squad allowed North Carolina Central hang around a little too long before winning 75-66. Marquette’s record is 9-3 entering Big East play Tuesday night against Connecticut.

The Eagles put up some good numbers, hitting their first eight shots and connecting on 60 percent from the field for the game. They also hit 5-of-11 three-pointers and hit 22-of-27 free throws.

Vander Blue and Junior Cadougan led the scoring with 16 points apiece. Todd Mayo came off the bench to score a dozen and grab 6 rebounds.

Complicating things is the fact the Eagles have to open the Big East Conference season without Williams, who will serve a one-game suspension for a recruiting violation which resulted in the firing of one assistant coach.