Golden Eagles snap out of shooting slum to push back Davidson's upset bid
Marquette busted out of a three-pointer slump just in time against Davidson, but the Golden Eagles didn’t dash the Wildcats’ upset hopes until a layup in the final seconds.
Marquette’s Vander Blue picked up the first bona fide game-winning shot of this year's Tournament on a drive to the basket in the final second of play for a layup to give the Golden Eagles a 59-58 win.
Davidson led by as much as nine in the second half, but went cold from long range and the free-throw line. The Wildcats missed two three-pointers and the front end of two one-and-ones to allow Marquette to narrow the gap.
Marquette, a 30.1 percent three-point shooting team during the regular season, missed 11 of its first 12 shots beyond the arc but quickly hit a hot streak late with three three-point shots in a row, including one from Blue to narrow the lead to two.
Before Blue’s game-winner, Davidson attempted to save a loose ball rolling out of bounds but failed, setting up Marquette for the go-ahead possession.
The win helped Marquette pick up a round of 64 win in four of five seasons under Buzz Williams.