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article imageMarquette shows its experience over Brigham Young in first round

By John Santilly     Mar 15, 2012 in Sports
There will be no Cinderella Story for Brigham Young University this March, as the Cougars fell to the Marquette Golden Eagles (No. 3 West) in first round NCAA Tournament play this afternoon.
The game was decided early on, as Marquette came out running, with strong, well-executed play against a BYU (No. 14 West) team that had secured its spot in the tournament less than two days before tip-off.
Marquette seniors Jae Crowder and Darius Johnson-Odom were the leading scorers with 25 and 20 points respectively, but it was the Big East Player of the Year Crowder’s tough play on the glass and on the defensive end that separated his team today. He had nine points in the first five minutes, and for the game had a career-high 16 rebounds and three steals.
It was an uphill battle early on for Brigham-Young, as Noah Hartsock was forced to sit after picking up his third foul with nine minutes left in the first half. The Cougars’ Brandon Davies finished with 19 points in 33 minutes, while Harstock finished with 15 points in only 23 minutes.
BYU was able to pour in eight unanswered points with only a couple minutes left before half-time, and Marquette turned the ball over five times in the first five minutes of the second half.
This helped cut Marquette’s lead from 15 points to seven, but that was as close as they would get.
Marquette advances to the second round to to face Murray State (No. 6 West), who paced themselves for a first round victory over Colorado State (No. 11 West) earlier this afternoon.
Marquette and Murray State are set to match up in Louisville on Saturday.
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