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Updated: Sunday, January 12, 2003 12:41 AM EST
NCAA BASKETBALL RECAP
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(23) Marquette 96, South Florida 63
SOUTH FLORIDA BULLS
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MARQUETTE GOLDEN EAGLES
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MILWAUKEE (Ticker) -- Dwyane Wade scored 21 points as No. 23 Marquette routed South Florida, 96-63, in a Conference USA duel.

Wade, who bruised his ribs against Saint Louis on Tuesday, showed little effects of the injury and shot 7-of-14 from the field to lead Marquette (10-3, 2-1 C-USA American) to its 23rd consecutive home victory.

Marquette trailed 6-5 early, but went on a 31-5 run to all but wrap the game up with five minutes left in the first half. The Golden Eagles built a 43-20 advantage at intermission, led by Wade with eight points and five other players with at least five.

Freshman Steve Novak scored a season-high 15 points on 5-of-7 shooting from the field and made three 3-pointers for Marquette. The Golden Eagles also got 13 points apiece from Scott Merritt and Travis Diener.

"Like I have said all year, it is a young team that is continuing to get better," Marquette coach Tom Crean said. "You are seeing that from Scott and Steve."

Diener, a sophomore, also made a major contribution, dishing out 12 assists to tie the team record.

South Florida (7-6, 0-2 National) has lost three straight games and is 0-6 on the road this season.

The Bulls began the night without starting forward Jimmy Baxter, who had been benched for the game. But Brandon Brigman and Danny Oglesby fouled out and Yusuf Baker sprained his ankle, so Baxter was pressed into action.

Terrence Leather scored 20 points to lead the Bulls.


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