Boxscore
Florida 68, Marquette 58
Thursday, March 22, 2012 10:17 PM
Location - US Airways Center, Phoenix, Arizona
Officials - Michael Reed, Randy McCall, Ted Valentine
Attendance - 15833

Final Scoring Summary

Final 1 2 T
Florida 36 32 68
Marquette 30 28 58

Recap


Florida 68, Marquette 58:
Freshman Bradley Beal scored 21 points, and the Gators turned in a superb defensive effort against the Golden Eagles to advance to the West Regional final.

Florida (26-10), which led by as many as 14 points in the second half, will attempt to become the first No. 7 seed ever to advance to the Final Four in a matchup against fourth-seeded Louisville on Saturday.

Third-seeded Marquette (27-8) shot just 31 percent in the loss.

Florida closed the first half on 9-0 run to take a 36-30 lead into the break, and then the Gators opened up a 48-34 advantage on Erik Murphy’s driving layup with 13:24 to go.

The Golden Eagles, who overcame numerous second-half deficits during the regular season, tried to claw their way back but could never hit a clutch shot at the right moment.

Leading scorers Darius Johnson-Odom and Jae Crowder combined for 29 points but shot just 10 for 30 from the field. Marquette cut the lead to 58-52 on Todd Mayo’s 3-pointer with 3:20 left, but Florida's Erving Walker responded with another 3 that made it 61-52.

The Golden Eagles missed eight straight 3-pointers at one point in the second half and finished 6-of-21 from long range.

GAME NOTEBOOK: Florida moved to 32-12 all-time in the NCAA tournament, including a 28-9 mark under coach Billy Donovan.… The Gators’ three tournament victories have come by a total of 70 points … Walker and Kenny Boynton added 11 points apiece for Florida.

Florida Gators

  REBOUNDS  
PLAYER MIN FGM-A 3GM-A FTM-A OFF DEF TOT A PF STL TO BLK PTS
Bradley Beal 33:00 8-10 3-5 2-2 2 4 6 4 1 2 2 2 21
Kenny Boynton 33:00 2-10 1-5 6-7 0 4 4 5 0 1 1 0 11
Erik Murphy 30:00 3-13 1-8 0-0 1 9 10 0 3 0 0 3 7
Erving Walker 29:00 3-9 1-4 4-4 0 3 3 3 2 1 4 0 11
Patric Young 31:00 3-6 0-0 1-2 5 4 9 1 4 0 1 1 7
Casey Prather 16:00 2-5 0-2 0-0 0 3 3 0 3 1 0 1 4
Mike Rosario 11:00 2-4 0-2 0-0 0 1 1 0 0 0 2 2 4
Scottie Wilbekin 17:00 1-2 1-1 0-0 0 3 3 2 2 0 1 0 3
TOTAL 200 24-59 7-27 13-15 8 31 39 15 15 5 11 9 68
  40.7% 25.9% 86.7% Team Rebs: 3   Total TO: 11

Marquette Golden Eagles

  REBOUNDS  
PLAYER MIN FGM-A 3GM-A FTM-A OFF DEF TOT A PF STL TO BLK PTS
Jae Crowder 32:00 5-15 1-7 4-5 2 5 7 1 3 3 0 0 15
Vander Blue 26:00 1-8 0-0 2-2 1 7 8 1 1 1 0 0 4
Junior Cadougan 21:00 0-5 0-2 0-2 1 1 2 5 4 0 3 0 0
Darius Johnson-Odom 38:00 5-15 2-7 2-3 0 4 4 2 4 0 2 0 14
Jamil Wilson 34:00 3-7 1-1 0-0 2 3 5 1 2 1 2 3 7
Todd Mayo 31:00 4-8 2-4 1-2 0 4 4 1 0 2 2 0 11
Davante Gardner 16:00 2-7 0-0 3-4 4 0 4 0 3 1 0 0 7
Derrick Wilson 2:00 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
TOTAL 200 20-65 6-21 12-18 10 24 34 11 17 8 9 3 58
  30.8% 28.6% 66.7% Team Rebs: 7   Total TO: 9
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