Gardner, Johnson-Odom Help Marquette Top Red Storm 83-64
Jan. 11, 2012
MILWAUKEE (AP) -- Davante Gardner had career bests with 22 points and 15 rebounds to lead No. 25 Marquette to an 83-64 win over St. John's on Wednesday night.
Gardner scored 14 of his points in the first half, and Darius Johnson-Odom took over after halftime with 18 of his 20 in the second for the Golden Eagles (13-4, 2-2 Big East).
Marquette returned home for the first time since losing road games at top-ranked Syracuse and then-No. 9 Georgetown last week.
God'sgift Achiuwa scored 20 points and Moe Harkless had 17 for St. John's (8-8, 2-3), which has faced three opponents in the top 15 in its last four games.
Johnson-Odom's scored seven points and Jae Crowder, who finished with 15, had four during a 15-6 run to open the second half.
Harkless made two free throws to pull the Red Storm to 49-44 with 13:05 to play. That was the closest they could get as Marquette continued to pull away.
D'Angelo Harrison had 10 points for St. John's before fouling out with 11:22 left to play.
The Red Storm played well in the first half and almost matched Marquette point for point. St. John's led by six points midway through the half and maintained the lead until Gardner's layup and tip-in made it 31-29. Achiuwa answered with a dunk and the Red Storm went into the locker room with a 32-31 lead.
Marquette shot 67.7 percent in the second half and 55.9 percent overall, while St. John's shot 38.5 percent in the second and 40.7 percent for the game.