Marquette 74, Butler 72

Saturday, March 23, 2013 7:45 PM
Location - Rupp Arena, Lexington, Kentucky
Officials - Jeff Anderson, Lamont Simpson, Mike Stuart
Attendance - N/A

Final Scoring Summary

Final 1 2 T
Butler 35 37 72
Marquette 27 47 74

Recap

Marquette 74, Butler 72: Vander Blue scored 29 points as the third-seeded Golden Eagles came back to beat the sixth-seeded Bulldogs in an NCAA Tournament East Regional third-round game at Lexington, Ky.

Blue’s 3-pointer with 1:28 left tied the game at 69 before Jamil Wilson made two go-ahead free throws 40 seconds later for Marquette (25-8), which will play second-seeded Miami or seventh-seeded Illinois in its third consecutive Sweet 16. Wilson and Trent Lockett added 13 points each as the Golden Eagles shot 23-for-27 at the foul line.

Rotnei Clarke led Butler (27-9) with 24 points, but airballed a 3-pointer with five seconds remaining and the Bulldogs trailing 72-70. Andrew Smith, who finished with 17 points, scored on a full-court pass with three seconds to go to pull the Golden Eagles within 74-72, but after Blue threw away the ensuing inbounds pass, Smith stumbled and missed an awkward 3-pointer at the buzzer.

After a Blue layup gave Marquette a 17-16 lead 8:49 into the game, Clarke made a jumper 14 seconds later to give Butler a lead it would hold until late in the second half. The Bulldogs pushed their lead to 35-27 at halftime before the Golden Eagles finally pulled back ahead 60-58 on a Blue dunk with 7:14 to go.

Smith scored four points in a 7-0 spurt as Butler took a 69-66 lead before Blue tied it with a corner 3 and Davante Gardner split at the line with 22 seconds left to make it 72-69 Marquette. Roosevelt Jones split at the foul line with 15 seconds left and Clarke’s misaligned deep ball came off that offensive rebound.

GAME NOTEBOOK: Blue, who was 8-for-8 from the foul line, made game-winning baskets in Marquette’s 59-58 opening-round win over No. 14 Davidson and the Golden Eagles’ regular-season finale against St. John’s, which clinched a share of the Big East regular-season title. … Butler beat Marquette 72-71 on a Clarke 3-pointer on Nov. 19 at the Maui Invitational earlier this season. … A Jones jumper with 3:31 left was waved off for offensive interference when Smith touched the rim. Jones, who was fouled on the play, split at the stripe.
 

Butler Bulldogs

  REBOUNDS  
PLAYER MIN FGM-A 3GM-A FTM-A OFF DEF TOT A PF STL TO BLK PTS
Alex Barlow 16:00 1-2 1-2 1-2 2 0 2 1 3 0 2 3 4
Rotnei Clarke 36:00 8-17 5-12 3-3 0 2 2 3 3 1 4 0 24
Roosevelt Jones 38:00 3-11 0-0 2-4 2 1 3 3 3 1 5 0 8
Andrew Smith 35:00 5-8 1-2 6-8 1 7 8 1 3 2 1 1 17
Kameron Woods 20:00 1-4 0-0 0-0 1 5 6 2 3 1 1 2 2
Erik Fromm 11:00 2-5 2-4 0-0 0 1 1 0 1 1 0 2 6
Kellen Dunham 25:00 1-4 1-2 1-2 1 2 3 1 1 1 1 0 4
Khyle Marshall 14:00 2-3 0-0 0-0 1 1 2 0 3 0 0 0 4
Chase Stigall 5:00 1-2 1-2 0-0 1 0 1 1 0 0 1 0 3
Emerson Kampen 0:00 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
TOTAL 200 24-56 11-24 13-19 9 19 28 13 20 7 15 8 72
  42.9% 45.8% 68.4% Team Rebs: 5   Total TO: 15

Marquette Golden Eagles

  REBOUNDS  
PLAYER MIN FGM-A 3GM-A FTM-A OFF DEF TOT A PF STL TO BLK PTS
Junior Cadougan 24:00 4-8 0-2 1-2 0 1 1 2 1 0 3 0 9
Vander Blue 34:00 9-15 3-4 8-8 0 2 2 0 2 4 4 0 29
Chris Otule 20:00 1-4 0-0 0-1 0 2 2 0 0 0 0 1 2
Trent Lockett 36:00 4-7 1-1 4-4 2 4 6 2 3 1 1 2 13
Jamil Wilson 30:00 4-10 1-4 4-4 2 3 5 2 3 2 4 1 13
Juan Anderson 8:00 0-2 0-0 0-0 0 2 2 2 2 1 0 0 0
Davante Gardner 19:00 1-4 0-0 6-8 4 0 4 1 2 0 3 0 8
Todd Mayo 6:00 0-2 0-1 0-0 2 0 2 0 1 0 0 0 0
Derrick Wilson 16:00 0-1 0-0 0-0 0 1 1 0 3 1 0 0 0
Steve Taylor, Jr. 4:00 0-1 0-0 0-0 0 3 3 0 0 0 0 0 0
Jake Thomas 3:00 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
TOTAL 200 23-54 5-12 23-27 10 18 28 9 17 9 15 4 74
  42.6% 41.7% 85.2% Team Rebs: 7   Total TO: 15