But the Golden Eagles fended off BYU’s second-half comeback effort then pulled away to claim an 88-68 victory. Marquette will face Murray State in Louisville on Saturday.
Senior forward Jae Crowder paced the Golden Eagles with physical play in the paint and outside shooting, posting 25 points and 16 rebounds. Darius Johnson-Odom added 20 for Marquette which shot 45 percent from the floor and hammered BYU on the boards, 48-32.
The Cougars had less than 48 hours to recover from their tournament-record comeback against Iona and fatigue might have been a factor early as Marquette jumped out to an 18-5 lead in the opening six minutes. BYU trailed 49-34 at the half but slowed clawed its way back into the contest. Craig Cusick’s three-pointer four minutes into the second half cut the deficit to seven, but that was as close as the Cougars would get.
Brandon Davies led BYU with 19 points and 11 rebounds and Noah Hartsock added 15 points for the Cougars.
Box score: Marquette 88, BYU 68
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