Marquette drops the Big East basketball game to Xavier, who takes first place

Marquette guard Tyler Kulick leads the basket against Xavier forward Jack Nung in the first half on Sunday.  Kulick scored a game-high 25 points in the Golden Eagles' 80-76 loss to the Knights.

CINCINNATI – Xavier and Marquette boast two of the most effective offenses in men’s college basketball.

So, with a battle at the Centas Center on Sunday, and the Golden Eagles getting a chance to tie for the top of the Big East standings, teams were expected to put up points early and often.

This was the case in the first half.

But when the game slowed down, the #12 Knights managed to strike a knockout to score an 80-76 decision in the heavyweight fight with 25yRanked golden eagles.

Xavier (15-3, 7-0 Big East) has won an 11-game winning streak, while seeing MU (14-5, 6-2) snap its five-game winning streak.

“It’s always hard coming here,” said MU coach Shaka Smart. Because you know it’s going to be a lone crowd.

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