NEW YORK (AP) -- Lazar Hayward gave Marquette the lead for good with a 3-pointer with 1:51 to play, then added the clinching free throws with 3.2 seconds left, and the Golden Eagles went on to another close win, 80-76 over No. 10 Villanova on Thursday in the Big East tournament quarterfinals.
Marquette (22-10), the fifth seed, advances to face eighth-seeded Georgetown in the semifinals Friday night. The loss for fourth-seeded Villanova (24-7), coupled with top-seeded Syracuse's 91-84 loss to the Hoyas earlier, dropped the teams that had earned double byes to 0-2, and both came against teams they had beaten twice during the regular season.
The Golden Eagles have played 20 games against Big East opponents this season and 13 have been decided by four points or less. Marquette has learned how to win the close ones, taking eight of the last 13 games in that situation.
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