MILWAUKEE (Ticker) -- It did not come easily, but Travis Diener and No. 23 Marquette bounced back from their first loss of the season.
Diener scored 14 points despite missing 11 of his 15 shots as the Golden Eagles rallied from an early 15-point deficit to defeat Canisius, 68-65.
Marquette (7-1), which blew a 15-point second-half lead in an 85-75 loss at Arizona on Saturday, gave up the first seven points in this contest and trailed, 21-6, after eight minutes.
But the Golden Eagles rallied to take a 35-33 edge at the half, then built a 62-53 advantage with just under six minutes remaining before holding on.
"I choose to look at this game as a glass half-full instead of a glass half-empty," Marquette coach Tom Crean said. "We came back from being down. We played nine guys 10 minutes or more. I give Canisius a ton of credit - they are a very good team. It wasn't our A game tonight, but we won the game and we will move on."
After Diener missed a shot with 16 seconds left, Canisius' Toby Foster grabbed the rebound and called a timeout. But Dewitt Doss, Richard Jones and Doss again missed 3-point attempts before the buzzer, allowing Marquette to escape with the victory.
"If you are going to upset a good team and a ranked team, you need to make threes," Canisius coach Mike MacDonald said. "We were able to make enough, I thought, to win (9-of-22), except for the last one."
"They got some looks and they just didn't fall," Diener said. "We made enough plays to win and we'll take it."
Kevin Downey had 19 points to pace the Golden Griffins (4-4), who failed to complete a perfect three-game road trip.
Reserve Yaku Moton-Spruill added 10 points for Canisius, which shot 47 percent (25-of-53) and limited Marquette to 36 percent (21-of-58).
Marquette held a 41-34 rebounding advantage and a 22-6 edge in second-chance points.