Vander Blue Shot Saves Marquette vs. Davidson In NCAA Tournament (VIDEO)

Davidson almost produced the first major upset of the 2013 NCAA Tournament. But Vander Blue would not be denied.

Holding the ball and a 58-57 lead with 10.7 seconds remaining in the game, the No. 14 Davidson Wildcats were on the verge of upsetting the No. 3 Marquette Golden Eagles in the second round of the 2013 NCAA Tournament. After inbounding the ball underneath its own hoop, Davidson turned it over with an errant outlet pass. Marquette coach Buzz Williams was gifted a bit of extra time to set his team up for a final shot as referees reviewed the turnover to determine the amount of time remaining on the clock. Blue received the inbounds pass with 6.7 seconds remaing and drove toward the rim, going left. His driving layup fell through the net with one second remaining.

Marquette intercepted Davidson's inbounds heave and breathed a sigh of relief as the buzzer concluded it's 59-58 win. Upset averted.


Vander Blue's game-winning basket capped a furious rally in the closing minutes. Davidson led 53-46 with 1:33 to play and then Blue and Jamil Wilson began erasing the deficit. Marquette advances to face Butler.


LEXINGTON, Ky. — Vander Blue's layup with one second left capped Marquette's rally from a nine-point deficit and gave the third-seeded Golden Eagles a 59-58 victory over Davidson Thursday in the NCAA tournament.

Blue and Jamil Wilson made consecutive 3-pointers to bring Marquette within 58-57 with 11 seconds left. The Golden Eagles then caught a huge break when De'Mon Brooks' long inbounds pass went out of bounds at midcourt with 5.5 seconds left, providing another opportunity.

Blue took full advantage after getting Wilson's inbounds pass, driving left and finding room for the winning basket. He then sealed Marquette's improbable win by stealing Davidson's last-ditch inbounds pass at midcourt to set off a celebration among players and Golden Eagles fans at Rupp Arena.

Blue scored seven of Marquette's final 11 points to finish with 16. Wilson added 14 points as the Golden Eagles (24-8) won for the fifth time in six games and advanced to face Butler in Saturday's third-round game.

The Bulldogs beat Bucknell, 68-56.

Jake Cohen's 20 points led Davidson (26-8), who seemed in control leading 49-40 with 6 1/2 minutes left before Marquette rallied.