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Updated: Monday, December 22, 2003 10:13 PM EST
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(24) Marquette 83, Florida A&M 63

MILWAUKEE (Ticker) -- After a tough weekend loss to an intrastate rival, 24th-ranked Marquette bounced back in a big way against Florida A&M.

Steve Novak scored 19 points as the Golden Eagles cruised to an 83-63 rout and remained unbeaten at home.

All five of Novak's baskets came from 3-point range, one short of the career high he set earlier this season against Arizona.

"I guess when they are falling, things feel a lot better," Novak said. "I just had some open looks and they were sagging off on defense and I was able to hit some shots."

Marquette (8-2) was coming off Saturday's 63-59 loss at then-No. 18 Wisconsin but got back into the swing of things by posting its highest point total of the season.

"We could see the focus all day yesterday, the way we practiced and the way we watched film, and they carried it out in the game," Marquette coach Tom Crean said. "We got a lot of good play from a lot of people today."

Travis Diener added 14 points for the Golden Eagles, who raced to a 30-10 lead and improved to 7-0 at home.

Diener also had nine assists and committed just one turnover. In his last five games, the junior guard has a 6.3 assist-to-turnover ratio.

Terrence Woods led Florida A&M (1-7) with 20 points, but Marquette won for the 37th time in its last 38 games at the Bradley Center.

Florida A&M avoided a more humiliating fate by shooting 50 percent (14-of-28) from the field in the second half and outscoring Marquette, 39-36, after intermission.

"In the second half, we gave them too many open looks," Diener said. "I'm happy with how we played. Guys made some shots and got some confidence going."

The Golden Eagles improved to 12-0 all-time against schools from the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference, including a pair of wins over the Rattlers.


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