Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Eagles, Niners Dug in to Reach the Finals

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Eagles, Niners Dug in to Reach the Finals

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The king is dead . . . or at least the Cincinnati Bearcats have left the throne for a year. The Marquette Golden Eagles shoved them off Friday night.

With all the effort and emotion that make March so mad, Marquette upset top-seeded Cincinnati 91-79 in the semifinals of the Conference USA Tournament at Kiel Center.

Cincinnati (25-7) saw the end of its streak of five consecutive league tournament championships. "We're the best team at matching up with them, but Cincinnati is still the best team," Marquette coach Mike Deane said. "We were the better team today." The Golden Eagles sizzled. They took advantage of 27 Cincinnati fouls to hit 28 of 36 free throws. They defended every Bearcat but Danny Fortson well. And they were incredible from 3-point range - 13 of 20. "I'm not sure we could do that if there wasn't anybody in the gym with us," Bearcats coach Bob Huggins said. Fortson finished with 30 points in only 24 minutes. His team went 27 of 39 from the free-throw line, as Marquette was called for 28 fouls. …

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