UC played its third game in the past eight days and will play its fourth game in 10 days at Syracuse on Monday inside the Carrier Dome.
Tonight’s attendance was 12,812, UC’s largest crowd at Fifth Third Arena this season. UC is averaging 8,056 fans per game through 12 home games, a 26.7 percent increase from 2011-12, when UC averaged 6,358 fans through 12 home contests.
UC has won 10 of its last 14 games against ranked opponents and is 2-1 against ranked foes this season.
UC is 11-1 this season when holding its opponents under 40 percent shooting. Marquette was 20-of-62 (32.3).
UC snapped a three-game losing streak on the home court at Fifth Third Arena, dating back to the New Mexico game on Dec. 27, 2012. The three losses were by a combined eight points.
It was UC's first overtime game of the season. UC is 51-50 all-time in overtime games, 11-4 at Fifth Third Arena, 8-7 under head coach Mick Cronin and 6-3 inside Fifth Third under Cronin in the extra period.
UC's last overtime contest was a 72-70 double overtime win over Georgetown on March 8, 2012 in the Bearcats opening game of the BIG EAST Conference Tournament at Madison Square Garden.
UC's last overtime game in Fifth Third Arena was a 73-69 loss to Marshall on Nov. 25, 2011 and the Bearcats last overtime win at home before tonight was a 70-67 win over Seton Hall on Feb. 28, 2007.
UC had a 10-0 run over 2:55 to lead 25-9 with 3:50 left in the first half and closed out the opening 20 minutes on a 14-4 run to lead 29-13 at the break.
UC's 16-point halftime lead was the biggest for the team this season against a BIG EAST foe.
UC held Marquette to 13 points in the first half, the fewest allowed by the Bearcats under head coach Mick Cronin. The previous low was 14 against Alabama State (11/13/11).
After going 0-for-9 from behind the arc in the first half, Marquette was 8-for-16 (.500) in the second half.
Marquette's first lead of the night was 66-63 with 4:07 left in overtime. The Golden Eagles had trailed by 16 at the half, outscoring UC 53-34 over 20:53 after halftime to take the lead.
Senior Cashmere Wright did not play, snapping a streak of 24 consecutive starts. Counting the Marquette game, Wright has played in 124 of a possible 126 career games. He did not play against Notre Dame as a redshirt freshman on Jan. 26, 2010, a span of 107 games.
Sean Kilpatrick played 41 minutes and netted a career high 36 points, including seven of UC's eight overtime points. He hit a running layup, the eventual game winner; with five seconds left in overtime to give UC the 71-69 win.
He was 11-of-23 from the field, knocked down five three pointers and finished 9-of-10 from the charity stripe. Kilpatrick now has 1,214 career points, moving him into 28th place on UC's career scoring chart. He passed Rick Roberson (1967-69) who scored 1,196 points and now needs six points to pass LaZelle Durden (1993-95), who sits 27th with 1,219 points.
Kilpatrick has six 20-or more point games this season and 15 for his career.
Titus Rubles finished with 12 points, his sixth career double-figure scoring game. He was 10-for-12 from the free-throw line, setting a career high. His previous best was three free-throws made on five separate occasions. Rubles finished with 10 rebounds, one off his career high of 11. It was his first career double-double.
JaQuon Parker tied a season high with five assists, matching his total from the NC A&T game (11/18/12). He also added seven points and eight rebounds.
David Nyarsuk finished with four blocks, one off his career high of five. It was his fourth career game with three or more stuffs.
The Bearcats play their fourth game in 10 days on Monday, Jan. 21, heading to the Carrier Dome to take on No. 6 Syracuse. Tipoff is scheduled for 3:30 p.m. ET and will be televised by ESPN and broadcast on the radio by 700 WLW AM.