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Updated: Thursday, February 13, 2003 1:32 AM EST
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(11) Marquette 73, Depaul 60
MARQUETTE GOLDEN EAGLES
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ROSEMONT, Illinois (Ticker) -- While Dwyane Wade was held in check, freshman Steve Novak kept Marquette rolling.

Wade and Novak each scored 17 points and combined for 27 in the second half as the 11th-ranked Golden Eagles extended their winning streak to 10 games with a 73-60 victory over DePaul in a Conference USA matchup.

Wade, a Chicago native, made 6-of-12 shots but was held nearly five points below his season average against the defensive-minded Blue Demons. He struggled until the final minutes after Novak's shooting display helped Marquette seize control.

Marquette was clinging to a 42-39 lead midway through the second half before scoring 15 of the next 23 points. Novak sank three 3-pointers during the spurt, which gave the Golden Eagles a 57-47 cushion with 6:05 remaining.

The Blue Demons made just 9-of-25 shots, missed all six of their 3-pointers and committed nine turnovers after halftime.

"We got good looks but we weren't prepared or aggressive enough to knock our shots down as is necessary over 40 minutes to beat a good team," DePaul coach Dave Leitao.

Wade had a tip-in and five free throws in the final 96 seconds as Marquette (18-3, 9-1 C-USA American) posted its sixth straight victory over DePaul (12-8, 4-5).

"Give (the Blue Demons) credit, they played hard and played well and made it tough for us at times," Marquette coach Tom Crean said. "But our guys have a lot of pride."

Novak made 6-of-8 shots from the floor, including 5-of-6 3-pointers, and eclipsed his previous career high by two points.

"Steve is a big-time shooter always for us in practice," said Wade, who collected eight assists, seven rebounds and three steals. "He finally did it in a game. He's shooting with confidence."

Robert Jackson collected 15 points and 10 rebounds and Todd Townsend scored 14 points for the Golden Eagles, who shot 47 percent (27-of-58) from the floor and made 7-of-16 3-pointers to overcome making just 12-of-21 free throws.

Marquette moved one-half game ahead of Louisville (8-1) in Conference USA's American Division. The Cardinals lost to Saint Louis on Wednesday and will visit the Golden Eagles on Saturday.

"There was some extra energy after we heard that Louisville score," Crean said. "I felt our guys did a really good job of building their focus during the game."

Sam Hoskin had 16 points and 12 rebounds and Andre Brown added 13 points for the Blue Demons, who lost for the fourth time in six games.

DePaul was held to 35 percent (19-of-55) shooting, including just 2-of-15 from 3-point range.


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