Murray State Vs Marquette
March 18, 2012 by staff
Murray State Vs Marquette, Jae Crowder notched his second double-double of the 2012 NCAA Tournament with 17 points and 13 rebounds to punch Marquette’s ticket to the Sweet 16 with a 62-53 victory over Murray State in Saturday’s third-round West Region contest.
Darius Johnson-Odom netted 17 points, while Junior Cadougan and Todd Mayo scored eight points apiece for third-seeded Marquette (27-7), which will head to the Sweet 16 for the second time in as many years.
The Golden Eagles will play on Thursday in Phoenix against the survivor of Sunday’s Florida/Norfolk State meeting.
Isaiah Canaan paced the Murray State (31-2) attack with 16 points to go with six rebounds. Jewuan Long added 12 points and Edward Daniel pulled down 14 boards for the sixth-seeded Racers, whose only other loss this season came Feb. 9 against Tennessee State.
“When you’re playing a team like Murray State,” said Johnson-Odom, “they’re going to keep throwing punches and throwing punches, and you have to find a way to slow them down. We did a great job of that today.”
Marquette took a four-point edge early in the second on back-to-back layups from Crowder, but Canaan scored seven of the Racers’ first nine points of the second half, as his three-pointer brought Murray State back within one, 38-37, with just under 12 minutes left in the contest.
Trailing 41-39 just three minutes later, Murray State reeled off seven straight points as Long sandwiched a Donte Poole triple with two layups to give the Racers a 46-41 lead with 7:43 to play.
The Golden Eagles responded with a decisive 14-2 run over the next six-plus minutes to turn a five-point deficit into a seven-point advantage with less than two minutes to play.
Crowder took a charge on the defensive end and tallied six points in the run, while Davante Gardner netted six straight, including the go-ahead two with 5:47 left in the contest.
Murray State pulled within four twice down the stretch, but Marquette went 7-of-8 from the line in the final minute to advance to the Sweet 16.
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