Sam Hauser scored 14 in the second half to help MU fend off the Blue Demons (photo: BIG EAST Conference).
March 7, 2018
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NEW YORK - Max Strus missed an open 3-pointer with one second remaining and Marquette held on for a 72-69 victory over DePaul at Madison Square Garden in the first round of the 2018 BIG EAST Conference Men's Basketball Championship, presented by Jeep.
Sam Hauser, who scored 14 points in the second half, hit a pair of free throws with 32 seconds left to put Marquette (19-12, 9-9 BIG EAST) up four before Strus hit a triple from the right wing to pull the Blue Demons within one, 70-69.
Rowsey then turned the ball over at midcourt after the inbounds and the Strus miss was grabbed by Rowsey who sunk another two free throws with tenths of a second remaining.
Rowsey scored a game-high 25 points, while Hauser posted 16 and Sacar Anim scored 14 for the Golden Eagles, who will face second-seeded and reigning tournament champion Villanova in Thursday's quarterfinals.
Marquette has advanced to the BIG EAST quarterfinals in every season since it became a league member in 2005-06 and will face the Wildcats at 6 p.m. Central time on FS1.