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Rowsey scores 25 for Marquette, Strus misses game winner

AP Sports Writer

NEW YORK (AP) - Andrew Rowsey scored 25 points and seventh-seeded Marquette blew a 14-point lead and came back to outlast 10th-seeded DePaul 72-69 in the opening round of the Big East Tournament on Wednesday night.

Sam Hauser added 16 points and hit two big free throws with 33 seconds to play as the Golden Eagles (19-12) handed the Blue Demons (11-20) their fourth-straight opening-round loss in the tournament.

DePaul had a chance to win the game in the final seconds but Max Strus, who scored 19 of his 22 points in the second half, missed an open 3-pointer with Marquette clinging to a 70-69 lead.

Rowsey got the rebound and was fouled, making two free throws with less than a second to play.

The win was the third straight for Marquette, which advanced to a quarterfinal showdown against second-seeded Villanova on Thursday night.

Marin Maric also scored 22 points for DePaul.

Strus drove the lane and dunked to tie the game at 61 with 5:46 to play.

Rowsey, who had only one second-half field goal at that point, hit a 3-pointer and a jumper to give the Golden Eagles a 66-61 lead.

A basket by Eli Cain and a 3-pointer by Strus, sandwiched around a jumper by Sacar Anim, got DePaul with 68-66.

Hauser's two free throws pushed the lead to four but Strus hit a long 3-pointer in front of his bench to make it 70-69 with 21.3 seconds to play.

Rowsey turned the ball over at midcourt with 11.5 seconds left and DePaul called its final timeout to set up Strus for his wide-open shot.

Rowsey hit three straight 3-pointers in an 18-2 first half spurt that gave Marquette a 25-12 lead midway through the first half and the Golden Eagles expanded the margin to 14 points at 29-15.

It looked like it would be an easy night for the Golden Eagles. It wasn't.


Despite having a second nor'easter hit the New York City metropolitan area in a week, the crowd for the St.-John's-Georgetown game was listed at 16,866. The crowd for the second game dwindled to a couple of thousand people by the middle of the second half.


DePaul: Next season.

Marquette: Face second-seeded Villanova in the quarterfinals on Thursday night. Lost both regular-season games.

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