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Marquette vs. Notre Dame: Twitter Reaction, Postgame Recap and Analysis
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The Notre Dame Fighting Irish defeated the Marquette Golden Eagles at Madison Square Garden on Thursday night, 73-65, to advance to the semifinals of the Big East tournament.

Marquette jumped out to a huge 17-4 lead before anyone could blink with stellar defensive pressure and superior effort on offense. It looked as though the Golden Eagles were going to outwork Notre Dame in this game, but that quickly changed later in the half.

The Irish went on to finish the first half on a 25-8 run that helped them build up a four-point lead before halftime, despite shooting 37 percent from the floor as compared to Marquette's 50 percent first-half mark.

The second half was a much different story, as both teams battled in a back-and-forth fashion, with neither team getting a big advantage.

In fact, a four-point lead was the biggest advantage either squad could build for much of the second frame.

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But just when Marquette grabbed a 48-44 lead, the Irish fired right back with six unanswered points thanks to a three-point play by Garrick Sherman and a three-pointer from Jerian Grant.

After that, the Irish finally created some space after a huge offensive rebound from Jack Cooley led to a three-pointer from Pat Connaughton that gave Notre Dame a seven-point lead, and that proved to be too much for the Golden Eagles to overcome.

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Connaughton was enormously important for the Irish in this game, as he drained six three-pointers, including two big ones down the stretch, and he finished with a team-high 18 points. Sherman put in some serious work for the Irish on both ends of the floor with 16 points and six rebounds off the bench.

Notre Dame will now face Louisville in the semifinals of the Big East tourney in a rematch of the five-overtime thriller from earlier in the season.

 

Twitter Reaction

Jonathan Givony of DraftExpress.net pointed out how good Marquette looked and just how bad Notre Dame was at the start of the Big East matchup:

NFL public relations senior vice president Greg Aiello gave the Fighting Irish a new name for this game after seeing their bright green jerseys:

WSBT radio host Darin Pritchett was thrilled to see a Big East contest actually live up to the hype:

Andrew Gruman of FOXSportsWisconsin.com tweeted how the Irish fired back and took the lead after falling behind by four:

Matt Zemek of CFN.Scout.com summed up the second half between Marquette and Notre Dame perfectly:

Angelo Di Carlo of WNDU in South Bend expressed just how important Connaughton is to Notre Dame's hopes of making a run this season:

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