12:30 PM ET, March 20, 2009
Taco Bell Arena, Boise, Idaho
BOISE, Idaho -- Lazar Hayward scored Marquette's first and last points.He had plenty of big plays in between, too, scoring 26 to lead the Golden Eagles to a 58-57 win over Utah State in the first round of the West Regional.
• Marquette advanced to the second round for the second straight season, holding off Utah State after owning a 14-point lead.
• Utah State was held to 18 points in the first half before scoring on its first five possessions of the second half.
• Lazar Hayward scored the first 10 points for Marquette, and the Golden Eagles led by eight at the half. Hayward's 26 points are his most since December 19.
• The Aggies have now suffered four straight first round exits. Jared Quayle, Gary Wilkinson and Tai Wesley scored the first 48 of 51 points for Utah State in the loss.
-- ESPN research
Many experts had written Marquette off, but a gutty win over Utah State shows that Missouri shouldn't be comfortable. Story
NCAA Mens Tournament
Team Stat Comparison
|FG Made-Attempted||22-53 (.415)||17-47 (.362)|
|3P Made-Attempted||7-23 (.304)||5-19 (.263)|
|FT Made-Attempted||6-8 (.750)||19-23 (.826)|
|Fouls (Tech/Flagrant)||21 (0/0)||14 (0/0)|
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