No. 11 Seed Marquette Tops 3rd-Seeded Syracuse
CLEVELAND (AP) – Darius Johnson-Odom’s 3-pointer with 27 seconds left snapped a tie and gave Marquette a 66-62 win over Syracuse on Sunday night that put the Golden Eagles into the NCAA tournament’s round of 16 for the first time in eight years.
The 11th-seeded Golden Eagles (22-14) had the winning basket set up by one of Syracuse’s 18 turnovers. Dion Waiters’ pass went long and Scoop Jardine’s jump to grab it resulted in an over-and-back.
Johnson-Odom delivered for a 62-59 lead and Marquette is moving on at the expense of its Big East rival. Marquette will play No. 2 seed North Carolina (28-7) in the East regional semifinals Friday in Newark, N.J.
The Golden Eagles are in the round of 16 for the first time since Dwyane Wade led them to the Final Four in 2003.
This was the second straight early exit for third-seeded Syracuse (27-8).
The Orange were a No. 1 seed last year and lost in the round of 16 to Butler.
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