5:15 PM ET, March 17, 2012
KFC Yum! Center, Louisville, Kentucky
LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- Marquette has perfected the art of the comeback.Down late yet again, Jae Crowder scored six points during a decisive 14-2 run, and the third-seeded Golden Eagles pulled away from Murray State for a 62-53 victory Saturday that sends Marquette into next weekend's West Regional semifinals.
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Team Stat Comparison
|FG Made-Attempted||20-64 (.313)||21-55 (.382)|
|3P Made-Attempted||4-21 (.190)||4-15 (.267)|
|FT Made-Attempted||9-10 (.900)||16-21 (.762)|
|Fouls (Tech/Flagrant)||18 (0/0)||11 (0/0)|
|» Mar 17, 2012||@MARQ 62, MURR 53||Recap|
Marquette held Murray State to 31.3 percent shooting from the field in its win on Saturday. That's the lowest shooting percentage by a Marquette opponent in a Men's Basketball Championship game since Arkansas shot 31.2 percent to beat Marquette in the 2nd round of the 1995-96 tournament. Those are the 2 best games for which we have documented box scores for Marquette (covering all but their NCAA appearance in 1954-55) for Marquette in terms of opponents field goal percentage. The 1995-96 game rates a hair better-- 31.16% to 31.25%.
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