Dean, who was honored during senior night prior to the game, struggled from the floor throughout the contest, but came up big when needed, scoring, including seven points in the overtime period.
"It's the best feeling, but at the same time it's the worst feeling," said Dean of his final home game. "You know that you want to go out there and have a great show, but everything is kind of out of whack. I was definitely out of whack for a lot of this game, but at the same time I will remember it forever."
On the strength of three-pointers from Brandon Jenkins, Juan Palacios and Andre McGee, Louisville built it's largest lead of the game early, when it built an 18-6 advantage during the game's first five minutes. After watching it's early lead shrink to just 21-19 midway through the opening frame, the Cardinals once again turned to the three ball – this time from Dean and McGee to increase it's margin back to ten at 31-21with 3:30 remaining in the first half.
The Cardinals, which led 31-26 at the break, held visiting Marquette to just 33% shooting during the opening frame. The usually deep ball threat Golden Eagles connected on just 2 of 10 from beyond the arc, while Louisville converted 7 3-pointers in the first 20 minutes.
"It was a great game with two teams playing their hearts out," said U of L head coach Rick Pitino following the win. "We had to play great defense because we made our shots early and we didn't make them late. But we played defense and we rebounded."
Terrence Williams and Juan Palacios grabbed 13 and 10 rebounds respectively, helping the Cardinals win the battle on the boards and collect a season-high 52 caroms.
The game continued to be a game of runs, with the Cardinals building another 10 point lead at 40-30 early in the second half. However a 17-6 run by Marquette gave the visitors their only second half lead at 47-46 with 10:52 remaining in the game.
"Both teams are cut from same cloth in terms of preparation," said Pitino. "We know every move each other is going to make. Marquette-Louisville's always been that way. Always played each other tough it was a great battle."
Leading by seven with just over six minutes left, the Cardinals struggled to close the game, missing six consecutive free throw attempts and allowed the Golden Eagles to slowly close the gap.
With five seconds left in regulation, Marquette's Steve Novak, who scored 20 points in the loss, grabbed a Chad Millard missed free throw, which led to a three-pointer at the buzzer by Dominic James which knotted the score at 58 and forced an overtime period.
"Taquan pulled us together and told us that we were about to win the game and to not worry about what happened in regulation," said junior guard Brandon Jenkins about the team's discussion in the huddle prior to the overtime session.
Shortly after the win, the team learned that it had gained a berth into the upcoming Big East Conference tournament in New York City.
"When you have confidence it leads to other players believing," said Dean of fulfilling his goal of reaching the Big East tournament. "I kept my confidence and now our guys believe."
Louisville will close out it's regular season on Saturday when it visits 2nd-ranked Connecticut.