Led by Crowder's 25, Marquette holds off BYU 88-68

NANCY ARMOUR AP National Writer Published:

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) -- Jae Crowder finished with 25 points and 16 rebounds, Darius Johnson-Odom had 12 of his 20 points in the second half and Marquette withstood another furious BYU rally for an 88-68 Thursday.

Brandon Davies had 19 points and 12 rebounds for the 14th-seeded Cougars (26-9), who looked for a brief while as if they might have a chance to top their historic comeback in the First Four on Tuesday night. After trailing by as many as 19 in the first half, BYU got within 52-46 with 15:28 left. But the Golden Eagles (28-5) were simply too big and too strong.

The third-seeded Golden Eagles (26-7) now play sixth-seeded Murray State in the third round Saturday.