Marquette Shuts Down Xavier 66-55
Cleveland, OH (Sports Network) – Darius Johnson-Odom drained four three- pointers and scored 19 points, as the Marquette Golden Eagles shut down the veteran Xavier Musketeers, 66-55, in the second round of the NCAA Tournament.
Marquette (21-14) shot 53 percent from the floor and held Atlantic-10 Conference Player of the Year Tu Holloway to five points to advance in the East Region. It will next play the winner of the Syracuse-Indiana State contest.
Jimmy Butler posted 15 points, five rebounds, four assists and three steals for the 11th-seeded Golden Eagles, who got 10 points from Jae Crowder in a lopsided win.
Andrew Taylor was a spark off Xavier’s bench with 16 points, but the sixth-seeded Musketeers (24-8) didn’t get much production from their starters to end a streak of three consecutive Sweet 16 appearances.