Marquette's Chris Otule wrestles a rebound away from LSU's Andrew Del Piero during the first half Saturday in Milwaukee. (Associated Press)
Last Modified: Saturday, December 22, 2012 5:39 PM
MILWAUKEE (AP) — Davante Gardner came off the bench to score a season-high 19 points, and Junior Cadougan and Vander Blue each added 17 to lead Marquette to an 84-80 victory over LSU on Saturday.
Gardner made all nine free-throw attempts, including six in the final 36 seconds. Jamil Wilson added 11 points for Marquette (8-3), which overcame a 49-47 loss at Green Bay on Wednesday by winning its 15th straight home game.
Andre Stringer finished with a season-high 20 points for LSU (7-2). The Tigers, in a stretch of 17 days between home games, got 18 points from Anthony Hickey.
After two Gardner free throws gave Marquette an 80-76 lead with 35.2 seconds remaining, Charles Carmouche lost his dribble off his foot with Trent Lockett guarding him. Gardner picked the ball up, was fouled and sank two free throws for an 82-76 lead. He added two more for an 84-78 lead with 9.6 seconds left.
Marquette equaled its biggest lead of the second half, 74-62, on two free throws by Cadougan with 3:33 remaining. LSU managed to get the deficit to 78-76 on Carmouche's free throws with 40.7 seconds left, but that would be the closest the Tigers would get.
LSU, which trailed by 21 late in the first half, used a 27-6 run to get back in the game. Consecutive 3-pointers by Hickey and Stringer capped a 10-0 run and tied the score at 49 with 14:55 to play.
The teams then traded runs, beginning with Marquette. A one-handed floater off the glass by Cadougan capped an 8-0 run for a 57-49 lead with 12:51 to play.
LSU answered with nine points in a row. A free throw by Carmouche gave the Tigers a 58-57 lead with 9:35 left, their first since holding a 3-2 edge in the first minute. Then it was Marquette's turn for a 9-0 run, capped by another Cadougan basket for a 66-58 lead with 7:49 left.
In the first half, Marquette shot 51.5 percent from the field and held a 17-3 lead after scoring 15 unanswered points. The Golden Eagles made seven of their first 10 shots, including a 3-pointer by Lockett, while LSU missed seven of its first eight.
Two free throws by Chris Otule gave Marquette its biggest lead, 43-22, with 5:12 remaining.
That's when LSU started its comeback, as the Tigers scored 11 of the final 13 points of the half to get within 12 at the break.