Milwaukee, WI (SportsNetwork.com) - James Bell scored six of his 30 points
in overtime to lead the No. 4 Villanova Wildcats to a 94-85 win over the
Marquette Golden Eagles.
Coming off its worst loss in the Jay Wright era, a 96-68 drubbing against
Creighton on Monday, Villanova (17-2, 6-1 Big East) never trailed in a strong
bounce-back effort Saturday.
Marquette's Todd Mayo was fouled by Ryan Arcidiacono shooting a 3-pointer, and
Mayo made each attempt to tie the game at 77-77 with 5.2 seconds left in
Tony Chennault then raced the length of the floor and laid it in as time
expired, but the bucket was waived off as the baseline official called a
charge. Steve Taylor Jr., who drew the foul, had his right foot in
the restricted area when Chennault came crashing into the lane and Wright
went ballistic on the Villanova sideline because of the foul call.
The Wildcats, however, didn't allow the foul call at the end of regulation
to affect them in the extra session.
Arcidiacono opened the scoring in overtime with a pair of free throws and
JayVaughn Pinkston added a three-point play 18 seconds later to give the
visitors an 82-77 lead. Devante Gardner answered with a jumper to pull
within three, but that is as close as the Golden Eagles would get.
Villanova maintained an advantage for the remainder of overtime and
Arcidiacono and Bell combined to go 6-for-6 from the free-throw line down the
stretch to close out the win.
"We fought really hard to get it to overtime, but once we got it to overtime
they scored every possession," Marquette coach Buzz Williams said. "They
scored either layups or free throws that five-minute period."
Arcidiacono netted 20 points with 11 assists, while Darrun Hilliard II had
20 points and Pinkston added 12 points and eight rebounds for the
Gardner paced Marquette (11-9, 3-4) with 29 points to go along with 13
rebounds and Mayo added 18 points off the bench in defeat.
The Golden Eagles have alternated wins and losses over their last 10 games
with the last three games heading to overtime.
Villanova was on top 38-31 at the break and Marquette closed the gap to one,
47-46, after a Mayo jumper six minutes into the second. Daniel Ochefu followed
with a dunk before Arcidiacono nailed a three to push the lead to six.
The Wildcats led by nine with 2 1/2 minutes left before Marquette made its
Gardner made a jumper and Jamil Wilson then scored three straight to make it a
four-point game. Chennault and Arcidiacono both split a pair at the line and
Mayo responded with consecutive buckets to cut the margin to 73-71 with 26
Arcidiacono then hit two free throws before Mayo, who scored the final 10
points for Marquette in regulation, canned a triple to close the gap to one
with 14 seconds left. Arcidiacono smoothly knocked down two more free throws
on the following possession to set up the final sequence.
Gardner scored all eight Marquette points in overtime ... Wilson finished with
16 points in defeat ... Villanova was 4-for-5 from the field and 9-for-9 from
the line in the extra session ... Marquette was 2-for-10 in OT ... The Golden
Eagles shot 2-for-11 from beyond the arc, while Villanova made 10-of-28
attempts from deep.
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