The Marquette Golden Eagles came from six points down with 70 seconds left to play to beat the Davidson Wildcats 59-58 in their NCAA men’s basketball tournament opener in Lexington, Kentucky.
Davidson led by one in the final seconds and turned the ball over. Marquette inbounded with 6.7 seconds left, got the ball to Vander Blue, who drove and scored the game winning basket with 1 second left to play and sent the Golden Eagles on to victory.
Marquette (24-8) moves on to face sixth-seeded Butler on Saturday in a rematch that saw them lose to the Bulldogs back in November in Maui.
Marquette struggled from beyond the arc, 1 for its first 12. Then, when the Golden Eagles needed it most, Jamil Wilson made a three-point shot with a minute to play. Vander Blue hit another with 27.8 seconds left and Wilson made yet another, with 10.9 seconds left to play.