The Marquette Golden Eagles built an early double-digit lead and never looked back as they topped Miami 71-61 in the East Regional Semifinals of the NCAA Men’s Basketball tournament Thursday night in Washington D.C.  After leading 29-16 at the half, the closest the game ever got was ten, the final margin.

Jamil Wilson had 16-points to lead the Golden Eagles.  Vander Blue and Davante Gardener added 14-each while Trent Lockett chipped in with 8-points and 11-boards.  After the game, Head Coach Buzz Williams was proud of his team’s effort…

AUDIO: Buzz Williams was proud :16

In the regular season, Marquette was able to capture their first ever Big East Championship.  They finished in a tie with Louisville and Georgetown thus earning the 3-seed in the conference tournament based on tie-breakers.  However, the Golden Eagles lost to Notre Dame in their only game and some wrote them off.  Williams points to that as being a turning point…

AUDIO: Buzz Williams believes the loss in the Big East tournament refocused them :21

Next up for the Golden Eagles is a match-up with Big East rival Syracuse.  The Orange upset Indiana Thursday 61-50 preventing a Tom Cream-Marquette contest.  The Golden Eagles and Orange played only once in the regular season, a 74-71 Marquette win at the BMO Harris Bradley Center.  Saturday’s tip from Washington D.C is scheduled for 3:30.

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