- The Washington Times - Saturday, March 21, 2009

From combined dispatches

No. 6 MARQUETTE 58, No. 11 UTAH ST. 57: Lazar Hayward made the big plays, Marquette made its foul shots. Needing a late rally, that was enough for the Golden Eagles (25-9).

Hayward scored 26 points and Marquette hit 10 straight free throws down the stretch Friday to hold off the Aggies (30-5) in the first round in Boise, Idaho.

The Golden Eagles blew a 14-point lead, then overcame a 49-43 deficit. Hayward spurred the comeback, muscling for key baskets and rebounds and drawing a couple of big fouls.

Jerel McNeal and Wesley Matthews each scored 14 points for Marquette.

Jared Quayle led Utah State with 18 points. The 11th-seeded Aggies recovered from a dismal first half by shooting 12-for-20 to start the second half, but couldn’t hang on and lost their fourth straight first-round game.

Hayward put Marquette back up 52-51 on two free throws with 1:45 left and McNeal made his biggest play of the day, driving for a layup with one minute left. The Golden Eagles led the rest of the way.

The Golden Eagles went 14-for-17 from the foul line in the second half, including 10 in a row as they regained the lead and held off one final push by their Western Athletic Conference opponent.

No. 3 MISSOURI 78, No. 14 CORNELL 59: Once Missouri started moving, the buckets started falling for DeMarre Carroll and the rest of the Tigers.

Carroll, the coach’s nephew, scored all but two of his 13 points in the second half to help the Tigers (29-6) pull away from the Big Red (21-10) in Boise, Idaho.

Leo Lyons finished with 23 points and 10 rebounds for Missouri, the Big 12 tournament champion which returned to the NCAAs for the first time in six years.

Ryan Wittman led the Ivy League champions with 18 points and Cornell hung around in this game for a half, trailing by only four.

But Mizzou’s talent took over after the break and the win gave the Big 12 a clean sweep - six wins, no losses through the first round of the tournament.

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