No. 6 Marquette routs Xavier 65-51 to win 1st Big East title

NEW YORK (AP) — Tyler Kolek and No. 6 Marquette raced out to a hefty lead and never looked back, beating No. 15 Xavier 65-51 to win the Big East Tournament for the first time. Kolek, the Big East player of the year, scored 20 points as the top-seeded Golden Eagles dominated a Big East final that brought a Midwestern flavor to Madison Square Garden. Coach Shaka Smart’s surprising team will head into the NCAA Tournament with a nine-game winning streak after their first appearance in the Big East championship game resulted in one of their best performances of a scintillating season.