The Marquette Golden Eagles missed an opportunity to further convince the college basketball world that they are deserving of a spot in the NCAA Tournament field. The Golden Eagles struggled through one of their poorest performances of the season and fell to 19th ranked Pittsburgh 58-51 at the Bradley Center.
The Golden Eagles (16-9, 7-6 Big East) saw their 5-game win streak come to an end and forward Lazar Hayward said they got away from a team approach and tried to work too much one on one.
Hayward moved into 5th place on the schools all-time scoring list, but was held to just 11 points on 4 of 17 shooting.
Coach Buzz Williams said Pittsburgh dominated the Golden Eagles inside.
Jimmy Butler had 14 points to lead the Golden Eagles. Gary McGhee scored 10 points and blocked 6 shots for the Panthers (20-6, 9-4 Big East).