MILWAUKEE — Dominic James scored 17 points and Jerel McNeal added 13 as No. 16 Marquette escaped with a 59-56 overtime victory over Idaho State in a first-round game of the CBE Classic on Monday night.
Marquette (2-0) plays Detroit, which beat Maine 57-50, in a second-round game on Tuesday.
The Golden Eagles struggled with their shooting throughout the game, going 19-of-64 from the field and 16-of-31 from the free throw line.
The Bengals (0-1) outscored Marquette 12-4 to take a 40-32 lead with 14:03 left in the second half.
David Schroeder was key in the Bengals' run, scoring eight points, including two 3-pointers.
After a timeout, the Golden Eagles responded with an 8-0 run to tied the game. Idaho State ended its drought with five straight points.
Marquette tied the game at 53 with 3 seconds remaining in regulation on a free throw from Dan Fitzgerald. Idaho State's Logan Kinghorn then missed a runner from about 18 feet at the buzzer.
James hit a 3-pointer to give Marquette a 56-53 lead, but the Golden Eagles missed their next 10 shots. Abdul-Ahad hit a 3-pointer to tie the game at 56 with less than a minute left.
Ousmane Barro of Marquette then hit two free throws with 29 seconds left. Schroeder was fouled with 6.4 seconds left, but he missed the front end of the 1-and-1. James added a final free throw, and Idaho State's shot from beyond midcourt was deflected by McNeal as time expired.
The Bengals were bidding for their first win against a ranked team since March 17, 1977, when they beat UCLA 76-75 in the NCAA tournament, ending the Bruins' run of 10 consecutive Final Four appearances.