- The Washington Times - Sunday, February 1, 2009

MILWAUKEE (AP) Wesley Matthews scored 19 of his 23 points in the second half, helping No. 8 Marquette remain undefeated in the Big East with a 94-82 victory over No. 25 Georgetown on Saturday, the Hoyas’ fifth straight loss.

Jerel McNeal scored 26 points and Lazar Hayward added 23 for the Golden Eagles (19-2, 8-0), who have won 11 straight games and remain in a first-place tie with No. 7 Louisville atop the conference. It was the third straight road loss for reeling Georgetown (12-8, 3-6).

DaJuan Summers, the Hoyas’ leading scorer, played despite injuring his foot earlier in the week and he finished with 22 points.

Marquette took control with a 12-2 run midway through the second half, capped by a three-point play by backup guard Jimmy Butler to give Marquette a 10-point lead with 11:03 remaining.

With the game tied at 52 after a fastbreak dunk by Georgetown’s Jason Clark, Hayward answered with a jumper to kick off the decisive run.

McNeal followed with a 3-pointer, and Matthews came up with a steal and a fast break dunk to extend the run to 7-0.

Greg Monroe scored inside for Georgetown, but McNeal answered with a driving layup. After a Georgetown miss, Butler scored on a putback and hit the free throw to give the Golden Eagles a 64-54 lead.

Marquette later extended its lead to 13 on another putback by Butler and a 3-pointer by Matthews on consecutive possessions to put the Golden Eagles ahead 71-58 with 8:08 remaining.

Georgetown tried to put together a late rally, as Jessie Sapp hit a 3-pointer and Summers scored inside to cut the lead to eight with 1:03 left. But Marquette went 6-for-8 from the free throw line in the final minute.

Marquette made 30 of 38 free throws for the game, while Georgetown was 8-for-13.

Summers injured his foot in a loss at Cincinnati on Wednesday.

He scored the Hoyas’ first eight points of the game, including two 3-pointers. Summers took a hard fall to the floor on a loose-ball foul by Matthews with 8:50 left in the first half, but remained in the game and scored a team-high 13 points in the first half.

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