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Marquette deals DePaul 8th straight loss

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  • DePaul's Edwind McGhee, left, walks toward the bench as Marquette's Vander Blue celebrates a basket during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game Saturday, Feb. 9, 2013, in Milwaukee. (AP Photo/Jim Prisching)

      DePaul's Edwind McGhee, left, walks toward the bench as Marquette's Vander Blue celebrates a basket during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game Saturday, Feb. 9, 2013, in Milwaukee. (AP Photo/Jim Prisching)

 
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MILWAUKEE -- Vander Blue scored 18 points and Junior Cadougan added 17 as No. 24 Marquette held off DePaul 89-78 on Saturday, the Blue Demons' eighth straight loss.

With the win, Marquette (17-5, 8-2 Big East) moved one-half game ahead of No. 9 Syracuse for first place in the Big East. Syracuse plays at home Sunday against St. Johns.

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Davante Gardner added 13 points for Marquette, which won for the 22nd straight time at home, the fifth-longest streak in the nation.

Worrel Clahar led a DePaul comeback midway through the second half as he scored eight points, including two long 3-pointers, to cut Marquette's lead to 77-73 with 4:43 remaining.

Marquette went inside to Gardner, who scored on a short jumper and was fouled. He hit the free throw to give Marquette an 80-73 lead with 4:28 remaining.

Trent Lockett then blocked Jamee Crockett's short jumper and Blue hit two free throws and Jamil Wilson nailed a 3-pointer with 2:31 remaining to give Marquette an 85-73 lead.

Brandon Young had 21 points and six assists for DePaul (10-13, 1-9), while Clahar and Donnavan Kirk added 16 points each.

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