PISCATAWAY — Jamil Wilson scored all 10 of his points in the second half, including the late 3-pointer that put No. 15 Marquette ahead for good, and the Golden Eagles rallied for a 60-54 victory over Rutgers on Tuesday night.
Vander Blue had 22 points and made two game-sealing free throws with 13.9 seconds left for Marquette (22-7, 13-4 Big East), which kept pace with Georgetown and Louisville for the regular season title with one game remaining. Junior Cadougan added points 10 for Marquette.
Myles Mack scored 11 points and Jerome Seagears added 10 for Rutgers (13-15, 4-13), which has lost five straight and 11 of 12.
The Scarlet Knights held their biggest lead at 35-23 early in the second half. Each time Marquette got close Rutgers answered but, with the Knights leading 50-43, the Golden Eagles went on a 12-2 run to take their first lead since 2-0. Wilson hit a 3-pointer with 3:05 remaining to make it 55-52.
Seagears answered for Rutgers to make it 55-54 and Cadougan made just one of three free throws. But Dane Miller of the Knights missed two free throws with 1:08 left. After a Marquette miss Rutgers had possession with 32.8 seconds left but Seagears dribbled off his foot.
Blue grabbed the ball out of a scramble, got fouled and hit both shots to put Marquette up 58-54 with 13.9 seconds left. Rutgers did not score over the final 2:38 and had just one field goal in the last 7:45.
The Knights shot 46 percent (23 for 50) after hitting 58.3 percent (14 for 24) in the first half. Marquette shot 60 percent (12 for 20) in the second half to finish 45.8 percent (22 for 48) overall.
After a putback by Trent Lockett opened the game, Seagears hit a 3-pointer and Rutgers would lead for the next 36 minutes. An 11-4 run put Rutgers up 29-19 and the Knights led 31-21 at halftime.