Rapid reaction: Marquette 66, Syracuse 62

March, 20, 2011
3/20/11
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CLEVELAND -- A Big East team got through Cleveland to the Sweet 16, just not the one most people expected.

No. 11 seed Marquette took advantage of No. 3 seed Syracuse's mistakes and its knowledge of the Orange's 2-3 zone to score a 66-62 victory. The game was tight throughout, and the Golden Eagles took the lead for good on Darius Johnson-Odom's 3-pointer with 25.1 seconds left. Marquette's ball pressure, transition game and rebounding proved too much for the Orange to handle as they beat Syracuse for the second time this year.

Turning point: With the score tied at 59, Syracuse called timeout to set up a shot with 51.6 seconds left. But the inbounds pass resulted in a turnover as Scoop Jardine strayed over the midcourt line to retrieve it. That typified Syracuse's night, as Johnson-Odom hit his go-ahead shot on the next possession.

Key stat: Syracuse committed 18 turnovers, which Marquette turned into 23 points. That helped neutralize the fact that the Orange shot 55.3 percent to just 41.2 percent for the Golden Eagles.

Star player: Hard not to vote for Johnson-Odom, who had 17 points and the game's biggest shot. But don't overlook Jae Crowder. The forward slithered his way inot the gaps of the Syracuse zone for 16 points, added seven rebounds and played excellent defense on Syracuse big man Rick Jackson, who had only seven points.

Miscellany: Syracuse guard Brandon Triche suffered a bruised tailbone early in the second half when he took a hard fall on a charge. He did not return to the game.

What's next: Marquette advances to the Sweet 16 in Newark, N.J., where they will take on No. 2 seed North Carolina on Friday.

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