Thursday, March 18, 2010

Marquette makes key mental mistakes at end; Pondexter scores in final seconds to lift Washington

Marquette became the next upset victim as Washington's Quincy Pondexter scored in the final seconds to move onto the next round. Both teams shot the ball extremely well, including over 50 percent from the field and over 60 percent from the 3-point line.

The game was back and forth, with Marquette leading by ten points late in the second half, but the end of the game played in Washington’s favor. Although the stat lines are even, Marquette made a huge turnover with 1:02 remaining, and then they allowed Washington to get an offensive rebound after a miss.

The game was won on a play set up by a defensive play, which was hidden by the great offense. Washington’s Isaiah Thomas made a key deflection to force the game changing turnover. Marquette has to be disappointed with the way the game ended. They made key mental errors and allowed Washington to get back in the game and, later, to win it. A winning team cannot give so many opportunities to their opponent.

Washington wins 78-76 over the Golden Eagles in another NCAA tournament game going to the last shot. It has been an amazing day for upsets and game winning shots.

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