PROVIDENCE, R.I. -- Lazar Hayward scored 28 points and grabbed nine rebounds to lead Marquette to an 82-79 comeback win over Providence on Saturday.
Jimmy Butler finished with 19 points and seven rebounds for the Golden Eagles (15-8, 6-5 Big East), who found themselves playing from behind against a team they beat by 30 points at home Jan. 17.
But Marquette took control of the game in the second half with solid defense, hitting seven second-half 3-point shots.
Trailing by as much as eight, the Friars (12-11, 4-7) made a late charge, cutting Marquette's lead to one with less than a minute to play.
But Hayward put the game away, snagging an offensive rebound with 15 seconds left and nailing two free throws to give his team a three-point cushion.