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Marquette falls to Syracuse 55-39

Marquette Golden Eagles mascot and cheerleaders cheer on a small crowd before the team boards the bus on their way to their third straight Sweet 16 birth in Washington D.C. Photo: Image by Gary Porter

Marquette falls to Syracuse 55-39

By Jon Byman. CREATED Mar 30, 2013 - UPDATED: Mar 30, 2013

Marquette falls to Syracuse 55-39.  That ends the Golden Eagles' run at the Elite 8.

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WASHINGTON (AP) -- Using its trapping, shot-challenging 2-3 zone defense to perfect effect, No. 4-seeded Syracuse shut down No. 3 Marquette 55-39 in the East Regional final Saturday, reaching the Final Four for the first time in a decade.

Coach Jim Boeheim and the Orange (30-9) haven't been to the national semifinals since a freshman named Carmelo Anthony led them to the 2003 championship.

Fittingly, a matchup between schools from the soon-to-break-apart, rough-and-tumble Big East became quite a struggle to score. Syracuse was led by senior forward James Southerland's 16 points.

Marquette (26-9) hadn't scored fewer than 47 points this season. But with Syracuse playing Boeheim's beloved zone throughout, Marquette kept turning the ball over, seeing its shots blocked or just plain missing.