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MILWAUKEE (AP) _ Dwyane Wade scored 16 points and No. 9 Marquette kept its Conference USA title hopes alive with a 72-53 victory over DePaul on Friday night.
Marquette (24-5, 13-3) would become the American Division co-champion if Memphis, the National Division champion, were to win Sunday at No. 4 Cincinnati.
Cordell Henry added 10 points for Marquette, which had lost its last two games but opened the second half with a 12-4 run to take a 53-38 lead. The Blue Demons didn’t get closer than 10 the rest of the way.
Lance Williams scored 12 points and Andre Brown 10 for the Blue Demons (9-19, 2-14).
It was 57-47 when David Diggs went inside for a three-point play and followed with a 3-pointer to end any comeback hopes for DePaul.
DePaul got Marquette’s attention early, hitting five 3-pointers _ three by LeVar Seals, who had only four in 27 previous games, and two by Quemont Greer _ in the first 9 minutes.
The Blue Demons were up by eight when the Golden Eagles used a 16-0 run in the span of 5:02 to take a 31-23 lead.
DePaul came back with a 7-0 run to close within one before the first half ended with Marquette leading 41-34.
The sellout crowd of 18,788 at the Bradley Center set a record as the largest to watch a college basketball game in Wisconsin. The previous record of 18,753 fans watched the Golden Eagles beat Louisville on Feb. 16.