New York, NY -- Pat Connaughton has found his range at Madison Square Garden, as Notre Dame's sharpshooter drained six 3-pointers for the second straight night to help the 24th-ranked Fighting Irish down 12th-ranked Marquette, 73-65, in quarterfinal action of the Big East Tournament.
Connaughton finished with 18 points, Jerian Grant added 17 and Garrick Sherman had 16 off the bench for Notre Dame (25-8), which started slow but recovered in time to advance to the semifinals for the fourth straight year.
The sixth-seeded Irish will next play Louisville on Friday in the third meeting between the schools this season, one of which was a five-overtime thriller won by Notre Dame last month.
Marquette (23-8) went on a 6-1 stretch to finish the regular season tied atop the conference standings with Georgetown and Louisville, but failed to win in this event for the second consecutive year.
Jamil Wilson led the Golden Eagles with 16 points, while Junior Cadougan and Vander Blue netted 14 and 12, respectively, in the loss.
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