Vander Blue scored a career-high 30 points to lead No. 25 Marquette to a 63-50 victory over South Florida on Monday night as the Golden Eagles moved into a first-place tie with Syracuse in the Big East.
Blue, who came into the game as the Golden Eagles' leading scorer at 13.9 points per game, made 13 of 20 shots from the field and scored 11 points during the big run that spanned both halves. The junior guard repeatedly sliced through the South Florida defense, driving to the basket and scoring on layups.
The Golden Eagles (15-4, 6-1 Big East), who have won eight of nine games, returned to the Top 25 on Monday after being out of the rankings last week.
South Florida (10-10, 1-7) opened the season 9-3 but has faltered since conference play began.