Murray State falls to Marquette in NCAA third round

Murray State falls to Marquette in NCAA third round

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LOUISVILLE, KY - MARCH 17: Ivan Aska #42 of the Murray State Racers goes up for a shot against Jae Crowder #32 of the Marquette Goldenn Eagles the second half during the third round of the 2012 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at KFC YUM! Center on March 15, 2012 in Louisville, Kentucky. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)

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Posted on March 17, 2012 at 7:45 PM

Updated Saturday, Mar 17 at 8:26 PM

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) -- Jae Crowder scored 12 of his 17 points in the second half, and Marquette used a late run to overcome Murray State 62-53 Saturday, sending the Golden Eagles to the West Regional semifinals.

Trailing 46-41 with 7:43 to play, Marquette went on a 14-2 run. While Crowder and Davante Gardner took care of the offense, scoring all but two points during the spurt, the Golden Eagles used their size and strength to wear down the pesky Racers.

Isaiah Canaan scored 16 for Murray State, (31-2) which is still looking to get out of the first weekend of the NCAA tournament. It's the second time in three years Murray State has fallen short of the regional semifinals.

Marquette (27-7) plays the winner of Norfolk State-Florida next Thursday in Phoenix.

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