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Marquette deals USF first conference loss

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© St. Petersburg Times, published January 18, 2001


MILWAUKEE -- No matter how closely he guarded him, Brian Wardle couldn't stop Altron Jackson.

So, he decided to put on his own offensive display.

"I was so frustrated on defense I wanted to take it out on them," Wardle said after scoring 28 points in Marquette's 72-68 victory over South Florida on Wednesday night.

Marquette withstood a career-high 35 points from Jackson to remain unbeaten in Conference USA. USF lost for the second time in 11 games and the first time in the conference.

Despite a slow start, the Bulls' junior forward scored half the team's 28 baskets, went 5-for-5 from the line while his teammates went 3-for-11 and made 2 of 3 three-pointers while the rest of team went 3-for-16.

"Luckily my shots were falling," Jackson said. "But we came out flat."

Wardle clinched the win with two free throws with 4.3 seconds left after Jackson's final basket, a tough turnaround jumper that cut the deficit to 70-68.

Wardle scored 19 in the second half.

"At one point we couldn't stop him," Bulls coach Seth Greenberg said. "This was a story of two teams who found it very difficult to stop the other team's go-to player. For two coaches who prioritize defense, there were a lot of shots made tonight."

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