Jan. 1, 2013
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Tonights's contest marked the beginning of MU's eighth sea¬son of competition in the BIG EAST Conference. Marquette is 6-2 in BIG EAST lidlifters and 17-7 all-time in conference openers.
Tonight was Marquette's first overtime game since a 74-67 victory at No. 14 UConn on Feb. 24, 2011.
Marquette leads the all-time series with UConn, 6-3.
Davante Gardner scored 18 points to lead an MU bench corps that outscored its UConn counterparts 41-11. Gardner led MU in the first half with 12 points.
The Golden Eagles out-rebounded the Huskies 41-31. They also held a 23-14 edge in rebounding in the first half, including a 10-1 disparity in offensive rebounds.
MU missed its first 14 3-point attempts of the game before Junior Cadougan hit a game-tying 3-pointer with time expir¬ing in regulation. Cadougan tied Gardner for the MU lead with 18 points. The Toronto native is averaging 17 points in MU's last three wins following the loss at Green Bay.
Marquette has won 17-straight home games, including its first eight in 2012-13. MU's home winning streak is the sixth-longest in NCAA Division I.
The Golden Eagles used a 11-1 run bridging the half for its largest lead of the game at 37-27 with 17:44 remaining in the second half.
Shabazz Napier scored 11 straight points for UConn to knot the score at 57 with 7:26 remaining in the half.
UConn responded to retake the lead in the second half after working its way back from a pair of 10-point deficits.
Gardner was a career-best 10-of-10 from the free throw line and is shooting 94.1 percent (32-of-34) from the charity stripe in the last five contests.
Napier led the Huskies with 29 points, the highest point total for an opposing MU player this season.