MILWAUKEE -- Chris Otule's putback slam dunk gave Marquette a 1-point lead with 1:23 left, and the Golden Eagles held on for a 79-74 victory over struggling West Virginia on Saturday morning.
Jae Crowder had a season-high 29 points for Marquette (10-4, 1-0 Big East), which was coming off a tough 1-point loss at Vanderbilt. Darius Johnson-Odom added 21 for the Golden Eagles, hitting several key shots in a second-half surge.
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Colorado State graduate transfer John Gillon has chosen Syracuse, giving the Orange a potential starter at point guard entering the 2016-17 season.
DeSean Murray, who averaged 20.2 points as a sophomore at Presbyterian, will transfer to Auburn to play for coach Bruce Pearl.
Former Kentucky guard Ed Davender, the only Wildcat with at least 1,500 points and 400 assists, has died. He was 49.