ND outlasts MU, 63-60 in overtime

Marquette loses in overtime on Senior Day for the second straight season

Milwaukee—A Carleton Scott three-pointer with less than a second remaining in regulation brought Notre Dame to a tie with Marquette at 51. In overtime, the Irish jumped out to a five-point lead and held on for a 63-60 victory at the Bradley Center.

"We're 0-2 on senior day since I've been here, that's not very good," said Marquette head coach Buzz Williams. "I didn't think we were very good on either end of the floor. I thought we took surprise shots. I thought our rotations were sluggish.

"I didn't think we played with the edge we have to play with or followed the recipe that we have to follow every single possession. Notre Dame has played outstanding, and they did again today."

Marquette (21-10, 11-7) held a seven-point lead with 1:19 remaining after senior guard Maurice Acker hit a pair of free throws. Notre Dame (21-10, 10-8) forward Tyrone Nash hit a pair of free throws and MU forward Lazar Hayward answered with a free throw of his own. Tim Abromaitis hit his only three of the game (in eight attempts) with 51 seconds left.

With the ball and a three-point lead, the Golden Eagles looked to the senior Hayward to stick a dagger to the Irish. It wasn't meant to be however, as Hayward's three-point attempt with 16 seconds remaining was off the mark.

Scott corralled the rebound and Tory Jackson drove the ball down the floor. Abromaitis got the ball in the corner and put up a contested shot. It fell well short of the hoop but Scott picked up the loose ball and fired the dagger three-pointer with .03 remaining.

"We played everything the right way, that's just the way it went," said Williams. "[It was a] scrum for a loose ball and somehow it falls to him. That was a good shot. But I wasn't upset with our kids on how we defended. We forced up a bad shot but we didn't get the rebound."

In overtime, the Irish went to Nash who scored quickly. Lazar Hayward then picked up his fifth foul going for a rebound less than a minute into the extra period. Two more free throws and the Irish had a four-point lead. Marquette wasn't able to score their first basket in overtime until less than a minute remained.

Notre Dame was able to hit enough shots at the charity stripe to hold off Marquette, who got as close as three before missing a half court desperation attempt at the buzzer.

Hayward led MU with 18 points in 32 minutes of action. He moved passed George Thompson into second place on the all-time Marquette scoring list, trailing only former teammate Jerel McNeal. Jimmy Butler added 16 points and 8 rebounds and Darius Johnson-Odom scored 12.

Marquette and Notre Dame, the top two three-point shooting teams in the BIG EAST, shot just 4-of-23 and 3-of-21, respectively.

Abromaitis led Notre Dame in scoring with 18 points. A candidate for the most improved player in the BIG EAST, Abromaitis added nine rebounds and some clutch free throws in overtime. Scott and Nash also scored in double figures with 14 and 13 points apiece.

The turning point for the Irish in the second half and overtime seemed to be on the glass. After being out-rebounded 16-10 in the first half, the Irish finished the game with a 38-26 advantage. ND was able to capitalize on additional offensive rebounds, scoring 18 second chance points to Marquette's four.

"I thought they got every 50-50 ball in the second half," said Williams. "In that run I think we went up 41-33, I thought we were getting them during that stretch but the rest of the time I thought they got all of them. "

Marquette will return to action on Wednesday afternoon when they take on the winner of the 12 vs. 13 game in the BIG EAST tournament.

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