BYU basketball: No comeback this time as Marquette downs BYU, 88-68

Published: Thursday, March 15 2012 6:51 p.m. MDT

"They outplayed us. They're a great team," Davies said. "It came down to our effort once again. We gave up too many offensive rebounds. We made a few bad decisions that cost us a couple of possessions we wish we had back."

Crowder helped thwart several BYU's comeback attempts. He had six offensive rebounds and knocked down three 3-pointers.

"He's a very versatile player, very skilled," Hartsock said. "He can shoot the ball. He can get in there and rebound. Just a very aggressive, strong player."

Other Golden Eagles plagued the Cougars as well. Guard Darius Johnson-Odom, who finished with 20 points, hit a big 3-pointer after two offensive rebounds kept a possession alive with 11:30 remaining to give Marquette a 14-point lead.

Later, Todd Mayo buried a 3-pointer after BYU's Matt Carlino missed a jumper, stretching the lead back to 13 as opportunities continued to slip away for the Cougars.

Then there was forward Davante Gardner, who had 15 points off the bench.

"We cut it down below 10 a few times," said Cusick. "Unfortunately, Marquette did a good job of holding that lead that they had because they're a good team and well-coached. But just proud of the way everyone played tonight and how hard everyone fought."

The Cougars were outrebounded by Marquette, 48-34, and the Golden Eagles had 16 offensive rebounds. They outscored BYU 18-5 in second-chance points and 36-22 in the paint.

"We knew they were a really aggressive offensive rebounding team, but so was Iona, but a little different," Rose said. "These guys were a lot more physical. I think they had nine offensive rebounds in the first 10-11 minutes and then we kind of righted the ship. The last 10 minutes, we did a pretty good job of keeping them off the glass."

Meanwhile, the Cougars shot poorly, hitting just 23-of-61 field goal attempts.

"We shot 38 percent from the field tonight. It's difficult to win an NCAA tournament game at 38 percent," Rose said. "And a lot of that has to do with Marquette's game plan and their defensive presence. But we had a lot of open looks that I think our guys will spend a lot of time this summer working on so that we can become a better shooting team next year."

BYU finished the season with a 26-9 record. Marquette will face No. 6 seed Murray State on Saturday in the Round of 32.

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