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December 6, 2011 - Washington vs. Marquette

Washington 77 (11) Marquette 79

Crowder's Clutch Three Keeps Marquette Unbeaten

Jae Crowder drilled a three-point basket with 6.3 seconds left to give Marquette a 79-77 victory over Washington in the Jimmy V. Classic on Tuesday night at Madison Square Garden.

Marquette (8-0), ranked 11th, remained undefeated while Washington fell to 4-3.

The Golden Eagles lost starting center Chris Otule less than 2 minutes into the game when he suffered a sprained left knee. He was helped off the court and did not return. The severity of the injury was not known.

Darius Johnson-Odom hit a three to put Marquette ahead, 57-56, with 10:26 remaining but the game was tied again at 60. Washington later scored six straight to take a 66-63 lead, but Marquette came back and held a 67-66 lead after a fast-break dunk by Crowder.

After several lead changes, a steal by Junior Cadougan led to a three-point play by Johnson-Odom that gave Marquette a 75-73 lead, but Washington scored on a tip-in to tie it with 1:26 left.

Johnson-Odom made one of two foul shots to give Marquette a 76-75 lead with 31 seconds left, and after Washington scored, Crowder hit his game-winner.


Johnson-Odom finished 23 points for the Golden Eagles and Crowder added 18.

Speed was the theme of game, as both teams have explosive offensive attacks and are capable of getting up and down the floor and putting points on the board. In games through Sunday, Marquette ranked 11th in the nation in scoring (84.1) and Washington 24th (81.0).

The Golden Eagles' transition game has been potent, but Marquette coach Buzz Williams had warned going into the game that Washington could play at an even faster pace.

“They're really good,” said Williams. “Really, really, really, really good. They're the 10th-fastest team in the country. They have six guys that average nine points or more. They have four future NBA draft picks.”

Williams added, though, that there was another element to the game that was just as important as pace.

Box Score


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