Alabama 90 Marquette 85

The afternoon's co-most entertaining game (with the UOP-B.C. contest) took place in San Diego, where Alabama and Marquette got under way after a 1 ½-hour delay because of a bomb scare just outside of Cox Arena.

Once the teams did get underway, though, it proved to be a much more wide-open, offensive affair than had been anticipated with the team from the SEC rolling to a 44-30 advantage at intermission, thanks in large part to five 3-pointers by Jean Felix.

The Golden Eagles (the Big East part of the SEC-Big East showdown) fought back to go in front but never ever had a good answer for the play of Felix (who added three more shots behind the arc and finished with 31 points off the bench) and sophomore point guard Ronald Steele.

Steele (23 points, eight rebounds, five assists and 4-6 on 3's) should provide a load for UCLA point guards Jordan Farmar and Darren Collison (whose team, as expected, cruised past Belmont, 78-44, in the second game played at San Diego) to deal with in a second-round game Saturday afternoon.

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