Dawson Garcia’s 20 power Marquette past Providence

Dawson Garcia scored 20 points Tuesday night, leading five Marquette players in double figures as the Golden Eagles topped Providence 79-69 in a Big East Conference game at Milwaukee.Koby McEwen added 17 points, eight rebounds and five assists for the Golden Eagles (7-6, 3-4 Big East) while D.J. Carton chipped in 13 points. Jamal Cain contributed 12 and Justin Lewis came off the bench to tally 11 points and block three shots.Nate Watson scored 16 of his team-high 18 points in the second half for the Friars (7-6, 3-4). David Duke added 17 points and dished out nine assists but made just 5 of 18 shots. A.J. Reeves hit for 12 points and Jimmy Nichols Jr. added 11.Providence pulled within 66-64 with 3:26 left in the game on Greg Gantt’s put-back, but Cain answered with a long 3-pointer on Marquette’s next possession. The trey started a 7-0 burst that Carton finished with two free throws at the 1:40 mark for a 73-64 lead.The Golden Eagles canned 46.6 percent from the field and earned a 39-30 advantage on the boards. The Friars sank only 40.7 percent of their shots and were poor in the transition game, getting outscored 16-3 in fastbreak points.