SOUTH BEND, Indiana (Ticker) -- Marquette's unblemished record did not survive a trip to South Bend.
Chris Thomas tied a career high with 32 points and dished out 10 assists as Notre Dame remained unbeaten at home with a 92-71 victory over 13th-ranked Marquette.
The Golden Eagles won their first four games, courtesy of three easy home victories. But they faltered in their first road game against the Fighting Irish, who are showing they are better than many anticipated.
Thomas made 12-of-18 shots from the floor, including 5-of-8 from 3-point range, and scored most of his points during a pair of key runs.
"Chris was fabulous in that he controlled the whole game," Notre Dame coach Mike Brey said. "He involved his teammates and took shots when he had them. He made a lot of contributions tonight."
Notre Dame led by as many as 17 in the first half but was clinging to a 67-63 edge after Marquette' Travis Diener buried two free throws with 9:28 remaining.
Matt Carroll, who scored 14 points, responded with a three-point play to spark a 25-8 game-ending run for the Fighting Irish. Thomas scored 12 points during the stretch as Notre Dame (6-1) improved to 5-0 at the Joyce Center.
"We were poised coming down the stretch and being a little more patient offensively," Brey said. "I think we learned a lot, we grew tonight. To do that before December 2, you feel good."
The Fighting Irish shot 59 percent (17-of-29) in the second half, including 6-of-12 from 3-point range.
Dan Miller scored 20 points and Chris Quinn added 12 off the bench for Notre Dame, which shot 50 percent (33-of-66) from the floor and made 12-of-20 3-pointers.
Torin Francis had 11 points and 13 rebounds and Carroll and Miller had seven boards apiece as the Fighting Irish held a 44-30 advantage on the glass.
Dwyane Wade scored 19 points and Diener finished with 18 for Marquette (4-1), which allowed more than 74 points for the first time this season.
The Golden Eagles had an 11-9 lead seven minutes into the game before the Fighting Irish used 31-12 run to seize control. Miller and Thomas each scored nine points during the burst, which gave Notre Dame its largest lead at 40-23 with 2:46 to go.