Lazar Hayward scored 20 points, David Cubillan hit the deciding 3-pointer with 1:11 to play and Marquette beat St. John’s 57-55 on Wednesday in the second round of the Big East tournament.
The fifth-seeded Golden Eagles (21-10) held on after losing a 14-point lead and advanced to the quarterfinals against fourth-seeded and 10th-ranked Villanova on Thursday.
It was the second straight year Marquette beat the 13th-seeded Red Storm (17-15) in the second round, but this result was a far cry from last season’s 74-45 romp.
Sean Evans and D.J. Kennedy both had 12 points for St. John’s, which advanced to the second round with a 73-51 victory over Connecticut.