Printed on: March 24, 2013

Marquette survives once again


Associated Press

LEXINGTON, Ky. -- Vander Blue scored 19 second-half points to rally third-seeded Marquette out of another hole, and the Golden Eagles survived No. 6 Butler 74-72 on Saturday to reach the Round of 16.

Like November's first meeting between the teams at the Maui Invitational, won 72-71 by Butler on Rotnei Clarke's buzzer-beating 3-pointer, this was a back-and-forth, high-intensity affair, that came down to the final shot. Only this time, Butler missed.

Marquette (25-8) will meet the winner of today's game between Illinois and Miami (Fla.) on Thursday in Washington, D.C.

Clarke's 24 points led Butler (28-9).

Blue, the junior whose last-second layup edged Davidson on Thursday, led the Golden Eagles' rally from a 35-27 halftime deficit and tied the game at 69 on 3-pointer with 1:25 remaining. Blue finished with 29 points.

Syracuse 66, California 60: At San Jose, Calif., C.J. Fair scored 18 points, James Southerland added 14 and fourth-seeded Syracuse survived a second-half drought of more than 12 minutes without a field goal to beat No. 12 seed California.

The Orange (28-9) frustrated Cal with their zone defense to overcome a dismal shooting night when they made just 39 percent of their shots and missed 15 of 41 foul shots.

But it proved to be enough to send Syracuse to Washington, D.C., for the East Regional where the Orange will take on the winner of today's game between top-seeded Indiana and Temple on Thursday.

Richard Solomon scored 22 points for the Golden Bears (21-12).