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NCAA Tournament Scores: Florida Beats Marquette, Joins Elite Eight

Florida beat Marquette 68-58 Thursday in the NCAA Tournament, advancing to the Elite Eight.

The two teams generally played a tight first half, but Florida scored nine straight points before time expired, to take a 36-30 lead. Erik Murphy and Bradley Beal kept scoring in the second half to make life tough for Marquette, with Beal's three-pointer with about 14 minutes remaining extending the Gators' lead to 12. Marquette mounted a comeback bid from there, but Kenny Boynton hit key foul shots down the stretch to prevent the Golden Eagles from getting too close.

Beal finished with 21 points on 8-of-10 shooting. Jae Crowder had 15 points and seven rebounds for Marquette, but the Golden Eagles struggled with shooting throughout the game, at just 30.8 percent.

Here's video of Beal's performance.

Florida will play Louisville in the Elite Eight. That game will take place at 4:30 p.m. Saturday. Fellow members of the Elite Eight so far include Ohio State and Syracuse. The rest of the games in the Sweet 16 round will take place Friday night.

For more NCAA Tournament action, check out SB Nation's college basketball hub.

Photographs by dizfunk used in background montage under Creative Commons. Thank you.