Blue lifts Marquette over Davidson with winning layup
Lexington, KY (Sports Network) - Vander Blue made the game-winning layup with one second left in regulation and Marquette edged out Davidson, 59-58, in an NCAA Tournament East Region second round matchup.
Blue had 16 points, but none more important than the final shot. Jamil Wilson had 14 points and Chris Otule registered a double-double with 11 points and 11 rebounds for the third-seeded Golden Eagles (24-8), who will face Butler in the third round on Saturday.
Jake Cohen had a game-high 20 points for the 14th-seeded Wildcats (26-8), who were making their second straight NCAA Tournament appearance. Nik Cochran and De'Mon Brooks scored 11 points apiece in defeat.
Down 54-48 with a minute left in regulation, Wilson drilled a 3-pointer to bring Marquette within three, 54-51.
Brooks then made a layup for Davidson, but Blue's triple cut the deficit to 56-54 with 27 seconds to go.
Cochran then made a pair of free throws, but Wilson drilled his other 3- pointer of the game, and the Golden Eagles were only down by one, 58-57, with 10 seconds to go.
Brooks then turned the ball over with seven seconds left, allowing Blue to make the layup.
Davidson took a timeout, but it wouldn't help. Blue stole the ball off Cohen, and Marquette got the win.
The Wildcats started strong, as they went on a 12-2 run in the first 6 1/2 minutes of the contest. However, the Golden Eagles went on a 11-3 spurt to cut the gap to 15-13 with 10:52 left in the first half.
Marquette took the lead, 20-19, after Wilson sank a pair of free throws with 5:08 remaining.
However, after a jumper by Junior Cadougan, the Golden Eagles scored just one more point in the half. Meanwhile, Brooks scored six points to give Davidson a 25-23 edge at halftime.
Marquette's bench outscored Davidson's, 23-7 ... The Golden Eagles were 0-for-4 from behind the arc in the first half ... Marquette and Davidson had faced each other just twice, with Marquette winning the last matchup, 66-65, on Feb. 11, 1967.
03/21 18:31:59 ET