2012 NCAA Bracket, Marquette vs. Murray State Score: Plenty Of Action As Marquette Outlasts Murray State

Murray State lost two games the entire season, yet they won't be one of the final 16 teams remaining in the NCAA Tournament.

In a fast-paced, tightly contested affair, Marquette outlasted the Racers with an exciting 62-53 victory. With the win the Golden Eagles advance to the Sweet 16 for the second consecutive season.

A trendy Final Four pick beginning about mid-way through the season, Buzz Williams' team may have put together the best two-game string of the tournament so far, following up on a comfortable victory over BYU Thursday.

Jae Crowder, everyone's favorite player with dreadlocks, continued his strong play that landed him the Big East Player of the Year award with 17 points and 13 rebounds.

It should be noted that, while the game was quite exciting to watch, it still lacked the efficiency you'd like to see from two top teams. Both teams shot below 40 percent, and the Racers committed 16 turnovers.

Maybe we just have to credit some great defense?

Despite leading his team in scoring, Isaiah Caanan was smothered at times, shooting only 4-17 from the floor in the loss.

Marquette advances to play the winner of Florida - Norfolk State.

For up-to-the-minute scores on all NCAA Tournament games, please check out SI.com's complete scoreboard.

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