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3:42 p.m.  MU 74, UK 66  :03 2nd Half
Matthews with a rebound off a Kentucky three-point miss in the last seconds....how about a couple more free throws to put him in double figures and end the drama.

3:41 p.m.  MU 72, UK 66  :10.4 2nd Half
With UK in the frontcourt, Cubillan with Marquette's specialty - the deflection, and Wesley Matthews got to the line for the third time in the late stretch.  Again, he makes them both - talk about CLUTCH!

3:40 p.m.  MU 70, UK 66  :20.4 2nd Half
Matthews again clutch at the line...9 points after two key free throws.

3:39 p.m.  MU 68, UK 66  :20.4 2nd Half
Bradley with a monster three-pointer to make it a two-point game.  MU has to go to the line again on an inbound-play foul to send Harris to the bench with five fouls.  Matthews has to go to the line.

3:38 p.m.  MU 68, UK 63  :31.4 2nd Half
Wesley Matthews fouled in the backcourt - hits two big free throws to make it 17-23 for the game.

3:35 p.m.  MU 66, UK 63  :38.1 2nd Half
Joe Crawford makes it 35 points with a three-pointer as Dominic James guarded him - as Westwood One Radio's Dave Sims put it - "in his jock."

3:35 p.m.  MU 66, UK 60  1:02 2nd Half
Joe Crawford has 32 points, more than half of Kentucky's production, trying to keep them in the game.  Dwight Burke again gets fouled...or shall I say, mugged?  He missed the first.

3:33 p.m.  MU 66, UK 58  1:20 2nd Half
Dwight Burke, who only shoots 51% from the line, got fouled after rebounding a missed UK layup, missed the second free throw.

3:32 p.m.  MU 65, UK 58  1:35 2nd Half
Dominic James does what clutch guys need to do to be clutch guys - hit two free throws late.

3:30 p.m.  MU 63, UK 58  1:48 2nd Half
Bradley uses a forearm to push Acker to the floor, then hits a three before a Billy Gillespie time out for UK.

3:28 p.m.  MU 63, UK 55  2:11 2nd Half
McNeal with a fadeaway jumper from 12 feet, as MU smartly used all 35 seconds of the shot clock before hitting the big shot.

3:26 p.m.  MU 61, UK 55  2:51 2nd Half
Crawford got away with a walk in getting a layup-and-foul, but he missed the free throw.

Dominic James. | Photo: AP3:25 p.m.  MU 61, UK 53  3:10 2nd Half
Dominic James' defender had no chance on a reverse lay-up.

3:25 p.m.  MU 59, UK 53  4:17 2nd Half
Marquette's cleaned up the offensive boards - 14 of them today.

3:21 p.m.  MU 59, UK 53  4:17 2nd Half
James wastes most of the 35 second clock before nailing a clutch three-pointer.

3:20 p.m.  MU 56, UK 53  5:05 2nd Half
Stephenson cuts to the basket for a pass underneath for a two-hand dunk.

3:20 p.m.  MU 56, UK 51  5:19 2nd Half
Hayward called for his third foulm hooking a defender...has to take the bench, 7-11 from the floor, 16 points, 7 boards.

3:18 p.m.  MU 56, UK 51  6:17 2nd Half
Marquette with a dominant possession on defense forcing a 24-second shot clock violation...Kentucky being too choosy trying to find a shot.

3:17 p.m.  MU 56, UK 51  6:53 2nd Half
Barro gets called for over the back trying to grab a Hayward miss.  Jerel McNeal leaves the game with a limp, hurting MU's offensive prowess.

3:11 p.m.  MU 56, UK 51  8:03 2nd Half
Stevenson gets a rebound and putback as the action gets really slippery - a bunch of guys hitting the deck because of moisture on the floor.

3:11 p.m.  MU 56, UK 49  8:29 2nd Half
Matthews 15-foot jumper in the right lane...beautiful.

3:10 p.m.  MU 54, UK 49  8:48 2nd Half
A three for Crawford - 28 points for the day following an old-fashioned three as well.

3:08 p.m.  MU 54, UK 43  9:52 2nd Half
McNeal with a beautiful one-on-one move makes it 18 points on a perfect drive to the lane.

3:07 p.m.  MU 52, UK 43  10:32 2nd Half
James draws Bradley's fourth foul, and hits both free throws to really put UK in serious trouble, but Billy Gillespie keeps Bradley in the game.

3:06 p.m.  MU 50, UK 43  11:02 2nd Half
Hayward with a putback on a James layup miss - 16 for Lazar.

3:05 p.m.  MU 48, UK 43  11:18 2nd Half
Bradley now has three fouls.

3:04 p.m   MU 48, UK 43  11:34 2nd Half
James has three fouls now, and Bradley hits two free throws for UK.

3:00 p.m.  MU 48, UK 41  12:22 2nd Half
Jasper with a bank-in three for Kentucky, but Lazar Hayward connecting on another three.  Take that, Wildcat!  14 for Hayward, 16 for McNeal.

2:56 p.m.  MU 45, UK 38  13:22 2nd Half
McNeal taking advantage of solid defense by Ousmane Barro for a coast-to-coast lay-up, and Marquette has a 12-4 run going.  Nine Kentucky turnovers leading to 16 MU points so far.

2:55 p.m.  MU 43, UK 38  14:05 2nd Half
James with a scoop shot layup in more traffic than the Marquette interchange at 4:05 p.m.

2:53 p.m.  MU 41, UK 38  15:00 2nd Half
Super defense, holding Kentucky for 33 seconds, forced a turnover, a dish, and a facial-administrering power dunk by Hayward, but Bradley with a dribble-drive layup answer.

2:48 p.m.  MU 39, UK 36  16:05 2nd Half
McNeal can thank Lazar Hayward for a big rebound off his three-point miss...McNeal then drives the lane for a layup.

2:47 p.m.  MU 37, UK 36  17:09 2nd Half
Dominic James gets a break with a foul on a call that was all-ball, and he hits one of two free throws to take advantage.

2:47 p.m.  MU 36, UK 36  17:25 2nd Half
Lazar Hayward walked with the ball, but it's a very slippery court with the hockey ice underneath.

2:45 p.m.  MU 36, UK 36  18:14 2nd Half
McNeal with an answer producing a three, but Crawford goes back and forth with them fast paced with a lay-up.

2:44 p.m.  UK 34, MU 33 19:00 2nd Half
Crawford with a rebound and putback in the lane, five quick points, Kentucky back in the lead.

2:43 p.m.  MU 33, UK 32  19:30 2nd Half
Crawford wide open right wing for a three-pointer, and Harris with a steal to give Kentucky a chance at the lead.

Wesley Matthews. | Photo: AP2:41 p.m.  MU 33, UK 29  Halftime
Marquette simply has to keep Kentucky off the board and put the Wildcats in big time foul trouble.  Harris with three fouls, Stephenson and Crawford with two.  MU has 9 offensive rebounds so far, and if they can wear the Wildcats' thin bench out, they're in business.

2:26 p.m.  MU 33, UK 29  Halftime
Lazar Hayward took advantage of Kentucky's trap defense, getting to the opening, and passers found him wide open for a three-pointer to end the first half.

2:25 p.m.  MU 30, UK 29  :15.4 1st Half
Bradley with a dribble-drive down the left lane over Barro to cut the lead to one.

2:24 p.m.  MU 30, UK 27  :30 1st Half
Apparently, when you battle for a rebound and get hit to the floor like Jerel McNeal did, against Kentucky, the refs will call a travel.

2:23 p.m.  MU 30, UK 27  1:14 1st Half
Barro connects on two free throws, where they've made a living this first half, keeping the lead.

2:21 p.m.  MU 28, UK 27  1:50 1st Half
Crawford missed the second of a one-and-one...but Kentucky got the rebound, yet they couldn't hit, and MU slows down a frantic game.

2:20 p.m.  MU 28, UK 26  2:32 1st Half
Crawford with the front of the one-and-one.

2:19 p.m.  MU 28, UK 25  2:49 1st Half
Acker stole a rebound after his own miss, setting up a McNeal jumper.

2:17 p.m.  MU 26, UK 25  3:22 1st Half
Lazar Hayward produced a steal, but committed a foul, allowing Porter to hit two free throws for UK.

2:13 p.m.  MU 26, UK 23  3:32 1st Half
McNeal with a three-pointer, pushing off the defender with his left hand to keep MU in the lead.

2:13 p.m.  MU 23, UK 23  3:55 1st Half
Crawford with a power dunk.

2:12 p.m.  MU 23, UK 21  4:30 1st Half
Perry connects on two free throws for UK.

2:11 p.m.  MU 23, UK 19  4:33 1st Half
Four people hitting the floor near the Marquette bench as both teams are playing an especially physical style.

2:10 p.m.  MU 23, UK 19  5:10 1st Half
McNeal hits two free throws, Kentucky facing mounting foul trouble with eight team fouls.

2:09 p.m.  MU 21, UK 19  5:25 1st Half
Crawford with a tough drive to the lane connects to keep it one possession.

Dominic James. | Photo: AP2:08 p.m.  MU 21, UK 17  5:49 1st Half
James hits two free throws, the first time a Marquette guy hits two free throws in the last three attempted two-shot situations.

2:07 p.m.  MU 19, UK 17  6:05 1st Half
A perfect inbound pick and roll play created a wide-open dunk by Stephenson.

2:05 p.m.  MU 19, UK 15  6:37 1st Half
Crawford missed the first of two free throws, but connected on the second.  Each of the last five scoring possessions came from free throws.

2:05 p.m.  MU 19, UK 14  6:45 1st Half
MU's on a 15-4 run.

2:04 p.m.  MU 19, UK 14  7:02 1st Half
James' quickness takes advantage again as he drives the lane and draws another foul - but he splits again.  Harris gets foul number three.

2:02 p.m. MU 18, UK 14  7:21 1st Half
Cubillan drives to the lane and gets fouled, missing the first, hitting the second.  Marquette's only attempted one three-pointer.

2:01 p.m.  MU 17, UK 14  7:48 1st Half
Bradley hits two free throws on a Matthews foul.

1:57 p.m.  MU 17, UK 12  7:48 1st Half
Action is close guarding, with officials allowing a lot of hand-to-body contact outside the lane.

1:56 p.m.  MU 17, UK 12  8:17 1st Half
Wesley Matthews took it hard to the hoop, got hit hard under the hoop for a foul, and hit the second of two free throws.

Kentucky's Perry Stephenson. | Photo: AP1:54 p.m.  MU 16, UK 12  9:50 1st Half
Stephenson with a dunk on a missed assignment by a Marquette defender.

1:51 p.m.  MU 16, UK 10  10:02 1st Half
Dan Fitzgerald with a power putback on a Hawyard missed-three - MU's scored the last 10 points.

1:51 p.m.  MU 14, UK 10  10:34 1st Half
Acker went pump fake on a down-the-lane drive for a layup.

1:49 p.m.  MU 12, UK 10  11:13 1st Half
Lazar Hayward does the dirty work inside, taking a charge.

1:49 p.m.  MU 12, UK 10  11:40 1st Half
McNeal with a layup right baseline for the first lead since the first possession.

1:45 p.m.  MU 10, UK 10  12:10 1st Half
A huge Dwight Burke block produces a four-point turnaround with a Hayward putback of an Acker miss.

1:43 p.m.  UK 10, MU 8  13:26 1st Half
Lazar Hayward with a beautiful back-into-your-man-post-up for a layup off glass.

1:41 p.m.  UK 10, MU 6  15:08 1st Half
Kentucky ownes the early rebound advantage, 5-3.

1:36 p.m.  UK 10, MU 6  15:08 1st Half
Crawford took in a backdoor pass for an easy, wide open dunk, but Wesley Matthews answered with a courageous drive to the hoop.

1:35 p.m.  UK 8, MU 4  16:55 1st Half
Bradley and Lazar Hayward trade baskets, UK still in control.

1:34 p.m.  UK 6, MU 2  17:40 1st Half
After four combined missed shots, Crawford extended UK's lead with a 3.

1:33 p.m.  UK 3, MU 2  19:01 1st Half
Romelle Bradley nailed a 3 to answer MU's first score.

1:32 p.m.  MU 2, Kentucky 0  19:31 1st Half
Dominique James drove and found Ousemane Barro for an easy layup to start the game.

1:31 p.m.  MU 0, Kentucky 0  20:00First Half
MU wins the tipoff.  They're wearing white while Kentucky wears the traditional blue.