Thursday, March 18, 2010
Final: Washington 80, Marquette 78
By Diamond Leung
SAN JOSE, Calif. -- Quincy Pondexter simply refused to let his career end tonight.
Pondexter used an up-and-under move to lay the ball up and in with 1.7 seconds left, lifting Washington to an 80-78 first-round victory against No. 6-seeded Marquette.
Lazar Hayward's desperation half-court heave hit off the glass, but was wide left, completing the No. 11-seeded Huskies' comeback from 15 points down.
Pondexter's up-and-under move was the difference, but it wouldn't have happened without his rebounding extending the final possession. He saved a rebound near the sideline after a missed 3-pointer from Isaiah Thomas, who finished with 19 points.
Pondexter had 18 points and 11 rebounds, and Elston Turner came off the bench to provide the Huskies with 14 points one of his four 3-pointers to give them a 72-71 lead.
Hayward finished with 20 points, and Darius Johnson-Odom had 19, but the Golden Eagles succumbed to the defensive pressure put on by Washington.
And by the end of the night, a Pac-10 team had beaten one from the Big East.