Marquette falls to Xavier 90-82

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CINCINNATI  — J.P. Macura scored a career-high 20 points and hit a pair of 3-pointers down the stretch Saturday, rallying No. 6 Xavier to a 90-82 victory over Marquette.

The Musketeers (21-2, 9-2 Big East) have won five in a row and six of seven against the Golden Eagles (15-9, 4-7), who led throughout the second half before Macura led Xavier’s comeback. He had back-to-back 3s that put Xavier ahead to stay with 2:55 to go.

Trevon Bluiett had 23 points and a career-high eight assists. Edmond Sumner had 20 points, 15 in the first half.

The Golden Eagles had three straight turnovers down the stretch, helping Xavier hold on. Henry Ellenson led Marquette with 22 points, and Haanif Cheatham added 21. The Golden Eagles had a 35-27 edge on the boards, only the second time Xavier has been outrebounded.