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Marquette loses big lead, gets knocked out by Washington

Marquette in a close game? No surprise. Marquette losing a close game? Now that's a surprise.

Twelve of Marquette's 20 Big East games this regular season were decided by three or fewer points - the Golden Eagles went 7-5 plus a two-point win in their Big East Tournament opener - and at one point, they won three straight overtime games. But their luck ran out Thursday night in San Jose, Calif., as No. 11 Washington knocked out No. 6 Marquette, 80-78, in the first round of the East Regional.

Quincy Pondexter drove for a tiebreaking bank shot with 1.7 seconds left, extending Washington's remarkable late-season run into the NCAA Tournament.

Pondexter scored 18 points and Isaiah Thomas had 19 as the Huskies (25-9) won their eighth straight after rallying from a 15-point deficit with 13 1/2 minutes left. Marquette (23-11) had no field goals in the final 4:33.

Kentucky 100, E. Tenn. St. 71

Eric Bledsoe's eight three-pointers set a Kentucky record for an NCAA Tournament game. Bledsoe had 29 points for the top-seeded Wildcats.

Patrick Patterson shot 9-for-10 and had 22 points, and John Wall added 17 points and 11 assists for the Wildcats (33-2). Micah Williams' 18 points led ETSU (20-15).

Wake Forest 81, Texas 80

Ishmael Smith's pull-up jumper from about 17 feet with 1.3 seconds left in overtime gave ninth-seeded Wake Forest the victory in New Orleans.

The Demon Deacons (20-10) twice blew double-digit leads in regulation, but in overtime they rallied from a 76-68 deficit.

The Longhorns (24-10) completed a collapse after being ranked No. 1 in January.

It was the third game that went to overtime on a wild first day of NCAA action. Last year, two games went to OT in the entire tournament.

New Mexico 62, Montana 57

Roman Martinez had 19 points, six rebounds and four assists for third-seeded New Mexico in San Jose, Calif.

Darington Hobson added 11 points, 11 rebounds and six assists despite playing with a sprained left wrist for the Lobos, who scored 17 straight points in the second half. - AP

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