Marquette 69, Valparaiso 54

MILWAUKEE, Wis. (AP) -- Jerel McNeal and Dominic James each
scored 12 points as Marquette won for the fifth time in six games,
beating Valparaiso 69-54 Wednesday night.

Marquette (6-2), coming off a 35-point win Saturday against
South Dakota State, had five players score at least eight points,
while holding the Crusaders to 35 percent shooting, including
6-of-23 from 3-point range (26 percent).

Despite Marquette's offensive and defensive play, it took the
Golden Eagles time to grab control of the game.

Valparaiso (3-2) opened with a 12-3 lead, but Marquette answered
with 10 straight points to grab a 13-12 lead. From there, the lead
changed hands three times before Marquette went on a 12-2 run to
grab a 29-19 lead.

The Golden Eagles' lead never dropped below five points the rest
of the game, and they led 42-29 at halftime. In the first half,
Marquette made 13-of-28 shots (46 percent) and 11-of-12 free

Mohamed Kone and Ron Howard each scored 15 points to lead