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Todd Mayo and Jamil Wilson each chipped in 11 points for Marquette (12-2, 1-0
Big East), which was coming off a 74-57 home loss to Vanderbilt on Thursday in
its final non-conference game of the season. The Eagles will face a pair of
tough road tests in the upcoming week with games against Georgetown and
"I thought our guys' response from the debacle on Thursday was outstanding,"
said Marquette head coach Buzz Williams. "I thought we played with great
energy... pleased from top to bottom."
Mouphtaou Yarou scored 14 points to lead Villanova (7-7, 0-2), which dropped
its Big East opener at West Virginia on Wednesday and has lost its first two
conference games for the first time since the 2006-07 season. The Wildcats
have lost seven of their last 10 after opening the campaign with four wins.
Villanova trailed by double digits throughout most of the second half, but a
three-pointer by Achraf Yacoubou with just under two minutes left pulled the
Wildcats within 73-68.
Junior Cadougan made two from the line for the Eagles, but he missed a pair
with 27 seconds remaining to keep Villanova alive. Trailing by five,
Villanova's JayVaughn Pinkston stepped out of bounds while receiving a pass in
the corner and Wilson made one from the line to give Marquette a six-point
edge with 16 seconds to play.
After a tip-in by Maurice Sutton trimmed Villanova's deficit to four, Cadougan
was good on two from the line to seal it. A bucket by Yarou at the buzzer
accounted for the final margin.
Pinkston finished with 13 points in defeat, while Maalik Wayns and Darrun
Hilliard each scored 12. Four Wildcats -- Wayns, Hilliard, Dominic Cheek and
Ty Johnson -- fouled out of the contest.
Poor free throw shooting by Marquette kept Villanova in the game. The Eagles
made just 23-of-37 from the line.
Marquette never trailed and opened some early breathing room with a 9-2 run.
Johnson-Odom ignited it with a three-pointer and added a bucket moments later
for a 14-6 lead. He drained threes on back-to-back possessions midway through
the first half to extend the advantage to 25-14.
The Marquette advantage was nine a few minutes later, but Villanova clawed
back with an 8-2 burst. Cheek scored the first six for the Wildcats before a
jumper by Wayns made it a 34-31 game with 2:46 remaining in the half.
Villanova got as close as one, but Cadougan's layup in the waning seconds sent
Marquette to the intermission with a 40-37 edge.
Villanova came out cold in the second half and Marquette took advantage. Jae
Crowder contributed seven points to a 9-0 run that gave the Eagles a 49-37
cushion. The margin reached 15 with just over 13 minutes remaining when
Johnson-Odom buried another three-pointer for a 61-46 lead.
"Marquette really did a great job at the beginning of the second half," noted
Villanova head coach Jay Wright. "That jump at the beginning of the second
half was bit too much to overcome."
Villanova shot 43.8 percent overall, but made just 3-of-17 three-point
attempts...Johnson-Odom scored 16 first-half points...Crowder finished the
contest with nine points and Cadougan had six with assists...Villanova still
leads the all-time series, 11-8...The Wildcats return home to face South
Florida on Thursday.