Marquette defeats Providence 81-71Marquette's head coach Buzz Williams, left, runs out to celebrate Davante Gardner's' blocked the shot of Providence's Sidiki Johnson during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game Saturday, Jan. 26, 2013, in Milwaukee. (AP Photo/Tom Lynn)
MILWAUKEE (AP) -- Vander Blue scored 13 points and played suffocating defense on the Big East's leading scorer to lead Marquette to an 81-71 victory over Providence Saturday in a game delayed several times because of a dive-bombing bat.
Junior Cadougan led Marquette (14-4, 5-1 Big East) with 15 points, and Trent Lockett and Davante Gardner added 13 each as part of a balanced Marquette attack.
Bryce Cotton, who came in averaging 21.9 points per game, led Providence (10-10, 2-6) with 19 hard-earned points. He attempted just nine shots and made five.
The game included several delays in the second half due to a bat circling the arena - and occasionally swooping to the floor, sending coaches, players and referees scrambling.
Marquette was coming off a 63-61 overtime loss to Cincinnati last Saturday, and four of its first five conference games went to overtime or came down to the last possession.