The Notre Dame Fighting Irish overcame a 17-4 deficit to defeat the Marquette Golden Eagles, 73-65, in the 2013 Big East Tournament quarterfinals on Thursday at Madison Square Garden in New York City.
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After the break, the two teams entered a 10-minute stretch in which neither squad led by more than two points, until Vander Blue's layup at the 9:38 mark gave Marquette a 48-44 advantage. Notre Dame responded with a 15-4 run over the next six minutes, capping it off with a three-pointer from Pat Connaughton which gave the Irish a 59-52 lead with just over three minutes to play -- an advantage that the Irish would not relinquish.
Connaughton led Notre Dame with 18 points, while Jerian Grant added 17 points, six rebounds and six assists. The Irish will face second-seeded Louisville in the semifinal round on Friday.