No. 12 Marquette Falls On A 3-Pointer At The Buzzer At Louisville, 61-59

Feb. 17, 2007

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MILWAUKEE (AP) -Jerry Smith hit a 3-pointer as time expired to give Louisville a 61-59 comeback victory over No. 12 Marquette on Saturday night.

Smith, a freshman, scored all nine of his points on 3-pointers in the final 3:04 as Louisville (19-8, 9-4) took sole possession of third place in the Big East.

With Marquette (21-7, 8-5) leading 59-58, Edgar Sosa took the inbounds pass up the court and found Smith open for the winning shot.

After reviewing television replays for nearly two minutes, the referees ruled that Smith got the shot off on time.

It was the second victory over a ranked team for Louisville this week. The Cardinals won 66-53 at No. 7 Pittsburgh on Monday night.

Sosa scored 15 points and freshman Derrick Caracter had 14 points to lead Louisville. Terrence Williams, the Cardinals' leading scorer at 12 points a game, missed all six of his shots and was held scoreless with six turnovers.

Jerel McNeal scored 18 points to lead Marquette, which has lost three consecutive games for the first time this year.

Wesley Matthews made one of two free throws with 20 seconds left to give Marquette a 58-56 lead, but Sosa went around Dan Fitzgerald to tie it on a layup with 11.5 seconds to go.

Dominic James was fouled with 5.5 seconds left, but made only one of two free throws for a 59-58 lead.

James hit a 15-foot jumper to give Marquette a 57-50 lead with 3:33 left, but it was the last field goal of the game for the Golden Eagles.

Smith, who played in high school for the suburban Milwaukee high school Wauwatosa East, made a pair of 3-pointers to pull Louisville within 57-56 with 20 seconds left.

James, who was in an 11-for-55 shooting slump the past four games, scored nine points on 3-of-6 shooting.



Louisville starting center David Padgett averages 25 minutes per game, but played only seven minutes and scored six points due to foul trouble. He fouled out with 5:27 left.

The Golden Eagles used an 8-2 run to take a 44-41 lead on McNeal's 3-pointer with 8:37 left. Marquette held the lead until Smith's jumper at the buzzer.

Marquette took its first lead since early in the first half on Lazar Hayward's driving basket to make it 32-31 with 18:11 left, but Padgett scored on Louisville's next possession and the Cardinals held the lead for the next eight minutes.

Despite scoring only two points in the final 5 1/2 minutes of the first half, Louisville led 29-28 at halftime behind Caracter's 10 points.

Caracter, a 6-foot-8 freshman, played 14 minutes in the first half after Padgett picked up three fouls in the first two minutes.

Marquette won the first meeting of the teams, 74-65, at Louisville on Jan. 15.


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