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Marquette prevails

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Associated Press
December 7, 2011
— Marquette coach Buzz Williams didn’t mix any words when he was asked about senior forward Jae Crowder.

“That’s my guy. I’ll row with that cat no matter where he goes when his career is over,” Williams said. “We don’t win that game without the character of our group, and Jae and D.J. (Darius Johnson-Odom) have done a great job leading our guys on a daily basis.”


Crowder hit a 3-pointer from the corner with 6.3 seconds to play and the 11th-ranked Golden Eagles beat Washington 79-77 in the Jimmy V Classic at Madison Square Garden on Tuesday night.


“We knew the play we were running from the previous timeout and came up with the situation that when they do score, get it out as quick as possible,” Crowder said. “I did that and had a good look. It felt real good.”


Crowder, who finished with 18 points, hit his only 3-pointer in four attempts 9 seconds after Terrence Ross had given the Huskies (4-3) a 77-76 lead with a nice move in the lane when he was closely guarded.


by two Marquette players.


“They’re real physical, that’s the way they play and you have to be ready for it,” Ross said.


Washington had a chance at one more lead change but Abdul Gaddy’s long jumper at the buzzer was well off the mark.


Ross had 19 points to lead the Huskies, who have lost three of four and will remain in New York to face No. 7 Duke on Saturday, also in Madison Square Garden.


Huskies coach Lorenzo Romar wouldn’t say the Duke game is now a must-win.


“The pressure is there every game — can we play at our best?” Romar said. “Tonight we didn’t finish but I thought we played a pretty good game and if we do that we’ll win our share. When we go out and play we have to concentrate on being at our best and we don’t tack on, ‘By the way, we have to win this because of what’s at stake.’”


Taking advantage of some porous defense, both teams scored time and again in the second half on drives and moves down low. That suddenly changed with about 5 minutes to go when both teams started playing defense, forcing each other to use up most of the 35-second shot clock.


(11) MARQUETTE 79, WASHINGTON 77

Washington (77)—Gant 6-9 0-0 14, N’Diaye 2-4 0-1 4, Gaddy 2-11 0-0 4, Wilcox 6-16 0-0 15, Ross 9-14 0-0 19, Breunig 0-0 0-0 0, Wroten 5-9 3-7 13, Simmons 3-5 2-2 8, Kemp Jr. 0-0 0-0 0. Totals: 33-68 5-10 77.


Marquette (79)—Crowder 8-15 1-3 18, Otule 0-0 0-0 0, Johnson-Odom 6-17 9-11 23, Blue 5-9 1-1 11, Cadougan 1-3 2-2 4, J. Wilson 2-5 1-2 6, Mayo 3-7 3-4 11, Anderson 0-0 0-0 0, Jones 0-1 0-0 0, D. Wilson 0-1 0-0 0, Gardner 2-4 2-4 6. Totals: 27-62 19-27 79.


Washington 34 43—77


Marquette 37 42—79


Three-point goals—Washington 6-20 (Wilcox 3-9, Gant 2-3, Ross 1-4, Simmons 0-1, Gaddy 0-3), Marquette 6-17 (Mayo 2-3, Johnson-Odom 2-7, J. Wilson 1-2, Crowder 1-4, Jones 0-1). Fouled Out—None. Rebounds—Washington 46 (N’Diaye 13), Marquette 32 (Crowder 6).


Assists—Washington 13 (Gant 4), Marquette 20 (Cadougan 6). Total Fouls—Washington 24, Marquette 14.


Attendance—8,231.



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