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Writer: Arash Markazi
Post time: 6:38, Thursday
ANAHEIM, Calif. – Joe Crawford couldn’t bear to watch the final seconds of his college career as he buried his face into his towel on the bench after fouling out with 10 seconds left in Marquette’s 74-66 win over Kentucky.
Dominic Jones, who had been on the other end of Crawford’s game-high 35-point performance, also couldn’t bear to see Crawford sulking.
“He played a heck of a ball game, 35 points, I mean you saw the performance out there,” said the Marquette guard, who had 15 points. “He put his heart out there on the floor. Out of respect for him and his teammates, I told him to keep his head up and keep playing the game he loves."
After bringing the Wildcats to within two points with 23 seconds left, Crawford could no longer carry the team on his back (as he has for much of the season). In fact, outside of Crawford and Ramel Bradley, who scored 29 points, everyone else on Kentucky's roster combined for 12 points. Twelve! Marquette had four players who went over that total.
“They had 54 out of 66, which is not good for our team,” said Kentucky coach Billy Gillespie of Bradley and Crawford. “But whatever it takes to give their team a chance to win, that’s what they’ve done.”