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Updated: Wednesday, January 29, 2003 10:44 AM EST
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East Carolina (11-6) at No. 16 Marquette (13-3)
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MILWAUKEE (Ticker) -- No. 16 Marquette seeks to extend its home winning streak to 26 games on Wednesday night when it tries to avenge an earlier Conference USA defeat against East Carolina.

Marquette (13-3, 5-1 C-USA American) owns the second-longest home winning streak in school history, although it is well off the school mark of 81 in a row from 1967-73. The Golden Eagles have not lost at home since a triple overtime loss to Louisville on February 24, 2001.

East Carolina (11-6, 2-4) has struggled in conference play, but upset Marquette for the second straight season with a 73-70 victory on December 30. Gabriel Mikulas collected 22 points and 11 rebounds to lead the Pirates, who had a big night at the foul line in shooting 80 percent (24-of-30).

Golden Eagles star guard Dwyane Wade scored 21 points, but misfired on 10-of-17 shots. Marquette was outscored, 37-25.

Wade and Marquette have won five straight since an overtime loss at Dayton on January 4. Wade leads Conference USA in scoring at 23.1 points per game.

The Golden Eagles cruised to a 72-51 victory over DePaul on Saturday despite a rough shooting night by Wade. He made only 4-of-12 shots but converted 13-of-16 at the line and Todd Townsend drained four 3-pointers for 12 points.

East Carolina ended a four-game skid with a 68-62 overtime victory over South Florida on Saturday. Travis Holcomb-Faye scored 28 points, including six in the extra session to lead the Pirates.

The Pirates have lost three straight on the road after winning their first four away from home.


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