Marquette stuns No. 6 Baylor with 26-point upset

Marquette Golden Eagles forward Olivier-Maxence Prosper
Olivier-Maxence Prosper and Marquette stunned Baylor on Tuesday night in Milwaukee. (Jeff Hanisch/USA Today)

No. 6 Baylor got rocked in Milwaukee on Tuesday night.

It’s as if the Bears didn’t show up until midway through the second half, and by then it was far too late.

Unranked Marquette completely rolled over the Bears, taking the dominant 96-70 win at Fiserv Forum to kick off the Big East-Big 12 Battle. It marked Baylor's worst loss since 2007, and Marquette's biggest against a top-10 team in 51 years.

"When you go into a game, and the game is bigger in the minds of your players than anything else, to me that's the best recipe for winning," Marquette head coach Shaka Smart said. "It should be that way all the time, but human nature sometimes messes with that. I thought we had that going for us tonight."

Marquette took full advantage of a slow start from Baylor, who struggled to do much of anything in the first half and quickly found itself on the wrong side of a 25-9 run out of the gate.

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The Golden Eagles ended the period on a 10-2 run that spanned more than five minutes, giving them a 51-25 lead at the break. They forced 16 turnovers in the first 20 minutes and limited Baylor to just 10 field goals.

The second half opened much better for the Bears, who traded buckets with Marquette through the opening minutes. By then, Marquette’s lead was too big. The Golden Eagles rolled to their 26-point win

Olivier-Maxence Prosper led Marquette with 24 points while shooting 9-of-12 from the field. Kam Jones finished with 20 points with four 3-pointers, and David Joplin added 19 points off the bench. The Golden Eagles shot nearly 60% from the field as a team, too, and went 12-of-25 from behind the arc.

LJ Cryer led Baylor with 19 points, and Adam Flagler added 16 points and six rebounds. Keyonte George was the only other player to finish in double figures with 12 points. Baylor had 20 turnovers on the night, which led to 26 Marquette points.

Marquette isn’t a bad team. The Golden Eagles’ only losses this season came at the hands of No. 5 Purdue and Mississippi State, and they fell by a combined eight points. They weren’t the favorite to win the Big East by any means — that honor goes to No. 9 Creighton — but Tuesday proved that Marquette can run with anyone.

Baylor, on the other hand, has a lot of work to do. The Bears have a matchup with No. 14 Gonzaga on Friday, so they’ll have to figure things out quick.

"Watching them play against the team's they've played up until this point, this was an uncharacteristic game for them," Smart said of Baylor. "Over the course of the season, everybody goes through a game like that. All I can really focus on is the job our guys did ... They've got as good of a backcourt as anyone."