Crowder leads Marquette past Murray State, 62-53

Crowder scored six points during a decisive 14-2 run late in the second half, and No. 3 seed Marquette held on for a 62-53 victory that sends the Golden Eagles to the West Regional semifinals Thursday in Phoenix.

LOUISVILLE, KY - MARCH 17: Jae Crowder #32 of the Marquette Golden Eagles and Ivan Aska #42 of the Murray State Racers battle for a rebound in the first half during the third round of the 2012 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at KFC YUM! Center on March 15, 2012 in Louisville, Kentucky. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
NCAA Basketball Tournament - Murray State v Marquette
LOUISVILLE, KY - MARCH 17: Jae Crowder #32 of the Marquette Golden Eagles and Ivan Aska #42 of the Murray State Racers battle for a rebound in the first half during the third round of the 2012 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at KFC YUM! Center on March 15, 2012 in Louisville, Kentucky. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
LOUISVILLE, KY - MARCH 17: Ivan Aska #42 of the Murray State Racers shoots over Jae Crowder #32 and Jamil Wilson #0 of the Marquette Golden Eagles in the first half during the third round of the 2012 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at KFC YUM! Center on March 15, 2012 in Louisville, Kentucky. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
NCAA Basketball Tournament - Murray State v Marquette
LOUISVILLE, KY - MARCH 17: Ivan Aska #42 of the Murray State Racers shoots over Jae Crowder #32 and Jamil Wilson #0 of the Marquette Golden Eagles in the first half during the third round of the 2012 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at KFC YUM! Center on March 15, 2012 in Louisville, Kentucky. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
LOUISVILLE, KY - MARCH 17: Jewuan Long #33 of the Murray State Racers drives on Darius Johnson-Odom #1 of the Marquette Golden Eagles in the first half during the third round of the 2012 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at KFC YUM! Center on March 15, 2012 in Louisville, Kentucky. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
NCAA Basketball Tournament - Murray State v Marquette
LOUISVILLE, KY - MARCH 17: Jewuan Long #33 of the Murray State Racers drives on Darius Johnson-Odom #1 of the Marquette Golden Eagles in the first half during the third round of the 2012 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at KFC YUM! Center on March 15, 2012 in Louisville, Kentucky. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
LOUISVILLE, KY - MARCH 17: Darius Johnson-Odom #1 of the Marquette Golden Eagles goes up for a rebound over Latreze Mushatt #4 of the Murray State Racers in the first half during the third round of the 2012 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at KFC YUM! Center on March 15, 2012 in Louisville, Kentucky. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
NCAA Basketball Tournament - Murray State v Marquette
LOUISVILLE, KY - MARCH 17: Darius Johnson-Odom #1 of the Marquette Golden Eagles goes up for a rebound over Latreze Mushatt #4 of the Murray State Racers in the first half during the third round of the 2012 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at KFC YUM! Center on March 15, 2012 in Louisville, Kentucky. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
LOUISVILLE, KY - MARCH 17: Zay Jackson #10 of the Murray State Racers goes up for a shot in front of Jae Crowder #32 of the Marquette Golden Eagles in the first half during the third round of the 2012 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at KFC YUM! Center on March 15, 2012 in Louisville, Kentucky. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
NCAA Basketball Tournament - Murray State v Marquette
LOUISVILLE, KY - MARCH 17: Zay Jackson #10 of the Murray State Racers goes up for a shot in front of Jae Crowder #32 of the Marquette Golden Eagles in the first half during the third round of the 2012 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at KFC YUM! Center on March 15, 2012 in Louisville, Kentucky. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
LOUISVILLE, KY - MARCH 17: Jewuan Long #33 of the Murray State Racers shoots over Jae Crowder #32 of the Marquette Golden Eagles in the first half during the third round of the 2012 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at KFC YUM! Center on March 15, 2012 in Louisville, Kentucky. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
NCAA Basketball Tournament - Murray State v Marquette
LOUISVILLE, KY - MARCH 17: Jewuan Long #33 of the Murray State Racers shoots over Jae Crowder #32 of the Marquette Golden Eagles in the first half during the third round of the 2012 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at KFC YUM! Center on March 15, 2012 in Louisville, Kentucky. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
LOUISVILLE, KY - MARCH 17: Jamil Wilson #0 of the Marquette Golden Eagles leaps over Jewuan Long #33 of the Murray State Racers as the ball goes out of bounds in the first half during the third round of the 2012 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at KFC YUM! Center on March 15, 2012 in Louisville, Kentucky. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
NCAA Basketball Tournament - Murray State v Marquette
LOUISVILLE, KY - MARCH 17: Jamil Wilson #0 of the Marquette Golden Eagles leaps over Jewuan Long #33 of the Murray State Racers as the ball goes out of bounds in the first half during the third round of the 2012 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at KFC YUM! Center on March 15, 2012 in Louisville, Kentucky. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
LOUISVILLE, KY - MARCH 17: Darius Johnson-Odom #1 of the Marquette Golden Eagles goes up for a shot against Latreze Mushatt #4 of the Murray State Racers in the first half during the third round of the 2012 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at KFC YUM! Center on March 15, 2012 in Louisville, Kentucky. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
NCAA Basketball Tournament - Murray State v Marquette
LOUISVILLE, KY - MARCH 17: Darius Johnson-Odom #1 of the Marquette Golden Eagles goes up for a shot against Latreze Mushatt #4 of the Murray State Racers in the first half during the third round of the 2012 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at KFC YUM! Center on March 15, 2012 in Louisville, Kentucky. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
LOUISVILLE, KY - MARCH 17: Vander Blue #2 of the Marquette Golden Eagles reacts as he goes up for a shot against Isaiah Canaan #3 of the Murray State Racers in the first half during the third round of the 2012 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at KFC YUM! Center on March 15, 2012 in Louisville, Kentucky. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
NCAA Basketball Tournament - Murray State v Marquette
LOUISVILLE, KY - MARCH 17: Vander Blue #2 of the Marquette Golden Eagles reacts as he goes up for a shot against Isaiah Canaan #3 of the Murray State Racers in the first half during the third round of the 2012 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at KFC YUM! Center on March 15, 2012 in Louisville, Kentucky. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
LOUISVILLE, KY - MARCH 17: Zay Jackson #10 of the Murray State Racers shoots over Jae Crowder #32 of the Marquette Golden Eagles in the first half during the third round of the 2012 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at KFC YUM! Center on March 15, 2012 in Louisville, Kentucky. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
NCAA Basketball Tournament - Murray State v Marquette
LOUISVILLE, KY - MARCH 17: Zay Jackson #10 of the Murray State Racers shoots over Jae Crowder #32 of the Marquette Golden Eagles in the first half during the third round of the 2012 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at KFC YUM! Center on March 15, 2012 in Louisville, Kentucky. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
LOUISVILLE, KY - MARCH 17: Darius Johnson-Odom #1 of the Marquette Golden Eagles goes up for a shot against Jewuan Long #33 of the Murray State Racers in the first half during the third round of the 2012 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at KFC YUM! Center on March 15, 2012 in Louisville, Kentucky. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
NCAA Basketball Tournament - Murray State v Marquette
LOUISVILLE, KY - MARCH 17: Darius Johnson-Odom #1 of the Marquette Golden Eagles goes up for a shot against Jewuan Long #33 of the Murray State Racers in the first half during the third round of the 2012 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at KFC YUM! Center on March 15, 2012 in Louisville, Kentucky. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
LOUISVILLE, KY - MARCH 17: Vander Blue #2 of the Marquette Golden Eagles goes up for a shot against Edward Daniel #2 of the Murray State Racers in the first half during the third round of the 2012 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at KFC YUM! Center on March 15, 2012 in Louisville, Kentucky. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
NCAA Basketball Tournament - Murray State v Marquette
LOUISVILLE, KY - MARCH 17: Vander Blue #2 of the Marquette Golden Eagles goes up for a shot against Edward Daniel #2 of the Murray State Racers in the first half during the third round of the 2012 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at KFC YUM! Center on March 15, 2012 in Louisville, Kentucky. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
LOUISVILLE, KY - MARCH 17: Darius Johnson-Odom #1 of the Marquette Golden Eagles is fouled by Isaiah Canaan #3 of the Murray State Racers in the second half during the third round of the 2012 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at KFC YUM! Center on March 15, 2012 in Louisville, Kentucky. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
NCAA Basketball Tournament - Murray State v Marquette
LOUISVILLE, KY - MARCH 17: Darius Johnson-Odom #1 of the Marquette Golden Eagles is fouled by Isaiah Canaan #3 of the Murray State Racers in the second half during the third round of the 2012 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at KFC YUM! Center on March 15, 2012 in Louisville, Kentucky. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
LOUISVILLE, KY - MARCH 17: Edward Daniel #2 of the Murray State Racers with the ball in the post against Jae Crowder #32 of the Marquette Golden Eagles in the second half during the third round of the 2012 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at KFC YUM! Center on March 15, 2012 in Louisville, Kentucky. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
NCAA Basketball Tournament - Murray State v Marquette
LOUISVILLE, KY - MARCH 17: Edward Daniel #2 of the Murray State Racers with the ball in the post against Jae Crowder #32 of the Marquette Golden Eagles in the second half during the third round of the 2012 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at KFC YUM! Center on March 15, 2012 in Louisville, Kentucky. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
Marquette forward Jae Crowder, front, battles Murray State forward Ivan Aska (42) for a rebound in the first half of their NCAA third-round tournament college basketball game in Louisville, Ky., Saturday, March 17, 2012. (AP Photo/Dave Martin)
Crowder leads Marquette past Murray State, 62-53
Marquette forward Jae Crowder, front, battles Murray State forward Ivan Aska (42) for a rebound in the first half of their NCAA third-round tournament college basketball game in Louisville, Ky., Saturday, March 17, 2012. (AP Photo/Dave Martin)
Murray State forward Ivan Aska (42) reacts as Marquette guard Darius Johnson-Odom looks on in the first half of their NCAA third-round tournament college basketball game in Louisville, Ky., Saturday, March 17, 2012. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)
Crowder leads Marquette past Murray State, 62-53
Murray State forward Ivan Aska (42) reacts as Marquette guard Darius Johnson-Odom looks on in the first half of their NCAA third-round tournament college basketball game in Louisville, Ky., Saturday, March 17, 2012. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)
Murray State's Ivan Aska (42) shoots over the defense of Marquette forwards Jae Crowder, left, and forward Jamil Wilson in the first half of their NCAA third-round tournament college basketball game in Louisville, Ky., Saturday, March 17, 2012. (AP Photo/Dave Martin)
Crowder leads Marquette past Murray State, 62-53
Murray State's Ivan Aska (42) shoots over the defense of Marquette forwards Jae Crowder, left, and forward Jamil Wilson in the first half of their NCAA third-round tournament college basketball game in Louisville, Ky., Saturday, March 17, 2012. (AP Photo/Dave Martin)
Marquette guard Darius Johnson-Odom (1) dunks the ball over Murray State forward Stacy Wilson in the first half of their NCAA third-round tournament college basketball game in Louisville, Ky., Saturday, March 17, 2012. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)
Crowder leads Marquette past Murray State, 62-53
Marquette guard Darius Johnson-Odom (1) dunks the ball over Murray State forward Stacy Wilson in the first half of their NCAA third-round tournament college basketball game in Louisville, Ky., Saturday, March 17, 2012. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)
Marquette forward Jae Crowder (32) drives against Murray State forward Edward Daniel (2) in the first half of their NCAA third-round tournament college basketball game in Louisville, Ky., Saturday, March 17, 2012. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)
Crowder leads Marquette past Murray State, 62-53
Marquette forward Jae Crowder (32) drives against Murray State forward Edward Daniel (2) in the first half of their NCAA third-round tournament college basketball game in Louisville, Ky., Saturday, March 17, 2012. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)
Marquette forward Jamil Wilson, left, fights Murray State forward Stacy Wilson in the first half of their NCAA third-round tournament college basketball game in Louisville, Ky., Saturday, March 17, 2012. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)
Crowder leads Marquette past Murray State, 62-53
Marquette forward Jamil Wilson, left, fights Murray State forward Stacy Wilson in the first half of their NCAA third-round tournament college basketball game in Louisville, Ky., Saturday, March 17, 2012. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)
LOUISVILLE, KY - MARCH 17: Jae Crowder #32 of the Marquette Golden Eagles is fouled by Ivan Aska #42 of the Murray State Racers in the second half during the third round of the 2012 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at KFC YUM! Center on March 15, 2012 in Louisville, Kentucky. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
NCAA Basketball Tournament - Murray State v Marquette
LOUISVILLE, KY - MARCH 17: Jae Crowder #32 of the Marquette Golden Eagles is fouled by Ivan Aska #42 of the Murray State Racers in the second half during the third round of the 2012 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at KFC YUM! Center on March 15, 2012 in Louisville, Kentucky. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
LOUISVILLE, KY - MARCH 17: Davante Gardner #54 of the Marquette Golden Eagles goes up for a shot in front of Edward Daniel #2 of the Murray State Racers in the second half during the third round of the 2012 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at KFC YUM! Center on March 15, 2012 in Louisville, Kentucky. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
NCAA Basketball Tournament - Murray State v Marquette
LOUISVILLE, KY - MARCH 17: Davante Gardner #54 of the Marquette Golden Eagles goes up for a shot in front of Edward Daniel #2 of the Murray State Racers in the second half during the third round of the 2012 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at KFC YUM! Center on March 15, 2012 in Louisville, Kentucky. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
LOUISVILLE, KY - MARCH 17: Davante Gardner #54 of the Marquette Golden Eagles lays the ball up against the Murray State Racers in the second half during the third round of the 2012 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at KFC YUM! Center on March 15, 2012 in Louisville, Kentucky. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
NCAA Basketball Tournament - Murray State v Marquette
LOUISVILLE, KY - MARCH 17: Davante Gardner #54 of the Marquette Golden Eagles lays the ball up against the Murray State Racers in the second half during the third round of the 2012 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at KFC YUM! Center on March 15, 2012 in Louisville, Kentucky. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
LOUISVILLE, KY - MARCH 17: Jamil Wilson #0 of the Marquette Golden Eagles goes up for a shot against the Murray State Racers in the second half during the third round of the 2012 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at KFC YUM! Center on March 15, 2012 in Louisville, Kentucky. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
NCAA Basketball Tournament - Murray State v Marquette
LOUISVILLE, KY - MARCH 17: Jamil Wilson #0 of the Marquette Golden Eagles goes up for a shot against the Murray State Racers in the second half during the third round of the 2012 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at KFC YUM! Center on March 15, 2012 in Louisville, Kentucky. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
LOUISVILLE, KY - MARCH 17: Junior Cadougan #5 of the Marquette Golden Eagles goes up for a shot against Isaiah Canaan #3 of the Murray State Racers in the second half during the third round of the 2012 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at KFC YUM! Center on March 15, 2012 in Louisville, Kentucky. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
NCAA Basketball Tournament - Murray State v Marquette
LOUISVILLE, KY - MARCH 17: Junior Cadougan #5 of the Marquette Golden Eagles goes up for a shot against Isaiah Canaan #3 of the Murray State Racers in the second half during the third round of the 2012 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at KFC YUM! Center on March 15, 2012 in Louisville, Kentucky. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
LOUISVILLE, KY - MARCH 17: Darius Johnson-Odom #1 of the Marquette Golden Eagles goes up for the shot in the lane against the Murray State Racers during the third round of the 2012 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at KFC YUM! Center on March 15, 2012 in Louisville, Kentucky. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
NCAA Basketball Tournament - Murray State v Marquette
LOUISVILLE, KY - MARCH 17: Darius Johnson-Odom #1 of the Marquette Golden Eagles goes up for the shot in the lane against the Murray State Racers during the third round of the 2012 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at KFC YUM! Center on March 15, 2012 in Louisville, Kentucky. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
LOUISVILLE, KY - MARCH 17: Isaiah Canaan #3 of the Murray State Racers blocks the shot of Vander Blue #2 of the Marquette Golden Eagles in the second half during the third round of the 2012 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at KFC YUM! Center on March 15, 2012 in Louisville, Kentucky. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
NCAA Basketball Tournament - Murray State v Marquette
LOUISVILLE, KY - MARCH 17: Isaiah Canaan #3 of the Murray State Racers blocks the shot of Vander Blue #2 of the Marquette Golden Eagles in the second half during the third round of the 2012 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at KFC YUM! Center on March 15, 2012 in Louisville, Kentucky. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
LOUISVILLE, KY - MARCH 17: Latreze Mushatt #4 of the Murray State Racers covers his head on the bench late in the game against the Marquette Golden Eagles during the third round of the 2012 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at KFC YUM! Center on March 15, 2012 in Louisville, Kentucky. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
NCAA Basketball Tournament - Murray State v Marquette
LOUISVILLE, KY - MARCH 17: Latreze Mushatt #4 of the Murray State Racers covers his head on the bench late in the game against the Marquette Golden Eagles during the third round of the 2012 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at KFC YUM! Center on March 15, 2012 in Louisville, Kentucky. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
LOUISVILLE, KY - MARCH 17: Vander Blue #2 and Jae Crowder #32 of the Marquette Golden Eagles celebrates the 62-53 victory against the Murray State Racers during the third round of the 2012 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at KFC YUM! Center on March 15, 2012 in Louisville, Kentucky. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
NCAA Basketball Tournament - Murray State v Marquette
LOUISVILLE, KY - MARCH 17: Vander Blue #2 and Jae Crowder #32 of the Marquette Golden Eagles celebrates the 62-53 victory against the Murray State Racers during the third round of the 2012 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at KFC YUM! Center on March 15, 2012 in Louisville, Kentucky. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)

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