MILWAUKEE: Shannon Scott scored 13 points and sparked a decisive second-half run, and Ohio State pulled away over cold-shooting Marquette for a 52-35 win Saturday.
Sam Thompson also scored 13, and Aaron Craft added 10 for the Buckeyes (3-0), who ended the Golden Eagles’ 27-game home winning streak, second longest in the nation.
Ohio State slowly took control with a 12-4 run to open the second half, which included six points from Scott. The 6-foot-1 guard found gaps in Marquette’s interior defense, then extended the lead to 44-28 with 6:31 left on a layup on the break.
Todd Mayo led Marquette (2-1) with 11 points. It was the school’s first loss at the Bradley Center since Vanderbilt beat the Golden Eagles 74-57 on Dec. 29, 2011.
Only South Dakota State (30) had a longer winning streak in the country entering Saturday.
It certainly didn’t help that the Golden Eagles had 20 turnovers and shot just 10-of-53 (19 percent), including 4-of-24 (17 percent) in the second half.
Scott and Craft had all the fun on Marquette’s home floor.
Tied at 19 at halftime, the game opened up with Ohio State finally finding room inside to maneuver and going on a 12-4 run to take control.