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Updated: Wednesday, January 15, 2003 12:27 AM EST
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(21) Marquette 85, Tulane 73
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NEW ORLEANS (Ticker) -- Dwyane Wade had an easy time in the "Big Easy."

Wade poured in a season-high 35 points on near-perfect shooting as No. 21 Marquette posted an 85-73 victory over Tulane in Conference USA action.

Wade entered as the conference's leading scorer, averaging 22.5 points per game. He topped the 30-point plateau for the third time this season.

Marquette (11-3, 3-1 C-USA American) took control in the first half, taking the lead for good at 20-19 on a pair of free throws by Scott Merritt. The Golden Eagles closed on a 10-4 spurt for a 37-30 halftime edge.

Robert Jackson had six points in an 8-2 spurt for a 69-59 lead. A 3-pointer by Brandon Brown pulled Tulane (7-8, 0-2 National) within seven points before Marquette ripped off the next six points for a 13-point advantage.

Wade was 13-of-16 from the floor as he scored on a variety of dunks, jumpers and floaters. His hot shooting was the key to Marquette's 59 percent (26-of-44) performance from the floor.

Travis Diener netted 16 points and Jackson collected 13 points and 10 rebounds for Marquette, which improved to 3-2 on the road. The Golden Eagles also held a 36-28 rebounding edge.

Waitari Marsh led the Green Wave with 30 points. Marsh made 12-of-18 shots, including three 3-pointers, and had 27 points in the second half.

Brown fouled out with 16 points and Wayne Tinsley added 10 for Tulane, which shot 44 percent (28-of-64). The Green Wave's bench combined to make 4-of-19 shots for 13 points.

Tulane fell to 0-2 against ranked opponents, losing to Kentucky on December 10.

Marquette has won four straight in the series and leads, 14-3.

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