Marquette beats Cincinnati 79-76 in OT

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CINCINNATI (AP)—Lazar Hayward emerged from a shooting slump at the end, hitting a 3-pointer that sent the game to overtime and adding five more points Sunday while rallying Marquette to a 79-76 victory over Cincinnati.

It was a significant game for two teams jostling to make the NCAA tournament. Marquette (17-9, 8-6 Big East) entered seventh in the conference standings, and Cincinnati (15-11, 6-8) was eighth. Marquette is one of the league’s hottest teams, winning six of seven.

Hayward, fifth on Marquette’s career scoring list, had a second straight subpar game, missing nine of 10 shots before hitting the tying 3 with 27.5 seconds left in regulation. Cincinnati’s Rashad Bishop then missed a long jumper. Another 3 by Hayward put Marquette ahead to stay in overtime.

Darius Johnson-Odom and Jimmy Butler led Marquette with 20 points apiece. Bishop had 17 for Cincinnati.

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 Top Performers
 Marquette
Jimmy Butler Jimmy Butler
5-9,  20 Pts
7 Rebs, 3 Assists
 Cincinnati
Rashad Bishop Rashad Bishop
7-12,  17 Pts
5 Rebs, 1 Assists

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