In somewhat of a rare meeting between two of the APs top 25 teams, 10th-ranked Ohio State snapped Marquette’s 27-game winning streak, defeating the defending co-Big East champs 52-35 on Saturday afternoon in front of a packed house at the BMO Harris Bradley Center in Milwaukee.
Senior guard Aaron Craft added another solid performance to his resume while leading the Buckeyes to the victory, finishing with 10 points, seven rebounds, 10 assists, and two steals, on a day when he surpassed 1,000 career points and became the only player in the program’s history to also have 500 assists and 200 rebounds at the same time.
Tied at 19 at the end of the first-half, neither team lit up the scoreboard, but Marquette’s 20 turnovers and extremely poor shooting (10-53 for 19%), was just too much to overcome as Ohio State pulled away in the second-half, outscoring the Golden Eagles 33-16 in the win.
Davante Gardner led Marquette with 10 points, six rebounds, two blocks, and a steal in the loss, while Ohio State’s Shannon Scott chipped in with 13 points for the winners.
Prior to Saturday’s loss, Marquette owned the longest home-winning streak among any of the power-conference programs, but didn’t play like it, as their 35 points were the lowest total that the Golden Eagles have scored since putting up just 33 points against Depaul in 2000.
Ohio State utilized their experience down the stretch in the first meeting between these two programs since 1994, and surprisingly, left the city of Milwaukee with a victory for the first time since 1950.
Currently considered to be among the best programs in the new-look Big East, Marquette has early wins over Southern University (63-56) and Grambling State University (114-71), but fall to 2-1 with the loss.
The Golden Eagles will look to restart their home-win streak in their next game on Thursday, November 21st, when the will host the University of New Hampshire.
The Buckeyes have already beaten both Morgan State (89-50), and the University of Ohio (79-69), and their next game is scheduled for Wednesday, Nov. 20 when they host American University.