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Davidson falls 59-58 to No. 3 Marquette

By Jonathan Jones
jjones@charlotteobserver.com

LEXINGTON, Ky.—Despite leading by as many as seven points with less than two minutes remaining, the Davidson Wildcats couldn’t hold on for the upset over No. 3 Marquette.

Golden Eagles guard Vander Blue drove into the lane and made a layup over Davidson forward Jake Cohen with one second left to make the game-winning bucket and give Marquette the 59-58 win in the second round of the NCAA tournament. No. 14 Davidson led 53-46 with 1:49 remaining in the game. But Marquette, ranked 312th in the nation in 3-point percentage, hit three 3s in the final 1:03 to bring its deficit to 58-57 with 6.7 seconds left.

After Blue’s layup, Cohen’s in-bounds pass was intercepted by Marquette as the Golden Eagles ran down the clock. The loss ends Davidson’s season at 26-8, as well as the nation’s longest winning streak at 17.

The Wildcats jumped to a 12-2 lead to start the game, but suffered a nearly seven-minute drought toward the end of the half. Still, Davidson held a 25-23 lead at the break.

Davidson got up by nine midway through the second half, thanks mainly to Cohen. The senior forward finished with 20 points, including 12 in the second half.

Junior forward De’Mon Brooks finished with 11 points, but made a costly error on Davidson’s next-to-last in-bounds play. In a need-to-foul situation, Marquette went after Brooks, who was 5-for-11 from the line Thursday.

Brooks looked down court for Nik Cochran, the nation’s leading free-throw shooter at 90 percent, but the pass was too far and went out of bounds to allow the Golden Eagles one more chance.

Marquette goes on to play Butler at Rupp Arena on Saturday, with the game time to be determined.

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