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Villanova vs Marquette

No. 4 Villanova rebounds, beats Marquette in OT

CBSSports.com wire reports
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MILWAUKEE -- Villanova coach Jay Wright took a pleasant stroll through the corridors of the Bradley Center following a stressful win over Marquette.

Tight games in the Big East are easier to handle with a calming influence like Ryan Arcidiacono handling the ball.

Arcidiacono had 20 points and 11 assists, and coolly guided the fourth-ranked Wildcats in overtime following a frenzied finish to regulation of a 94-85 victory over Marquette on Saturday.

Arcidiacono had six points and two assists in the extra period. He hustled for a loose ball with 37.7 seconds left that allowed Wright to call a timeout and avoid a turnover.

"I felt good all game so I just wanted the ball in my hands," the sophomore guard said. "If we were going to go down, I wanted it to be on my shoulders."

Todd Mayo had 18 points -- including the last 10 in regulation for Marquette (11-9, 3-4) -- to help force overtime at 77-77. A layup by Villanova's Tony Chennault with 1 second left in regulation was waved off by the officials after Steve Taylor, Jr., drew a charging foul.

But Villanova (17-2, 6-1) took control in overtime.

"Fought really hard to get it to overtime, then once we got into overtime they scored every possession," Marquette coach Buzz Williams said. "We did not get a stop in the last five minutes of the game, and worked incredibly hard to get it to that point."

The win for Villanova at one of the toughest venues in the league helped ease the sting of a humbling 28-point loss at home earlier in the week to Creighton.

Still, Villanova was treated with a dose of Midwest politeness. Not one bad comment from the Marquette fans, and Wright made it a point afterward to point that out.

"Half the people yelled, `Good game, Coach,'" Wright said. "This doesn't happen on the East Coast."

They had every right to be upset after Marquette's 20-game winning streak in home conference games was snapped.

Marquette's last loss at home to a Big East foe was 67-60 to Cincinnati on March 2, 2011. The Golden Eagles had the third-longest such streak in the country entering Saturday behind Gonzaga and Weber State, who were both at 23 games.

"Haven't lost here in a long time. I thought our guys showed really good resiliency to get it back to overtime," Williams said.

They just didn't have an answer for Arcidiacono in the extra period.

James Bell, who finished with 30 points, had two free throws after Arcidiacono chased down the loose ball to make it a three-possession game with 7 seconds left.

Darrun Hilliard had 20 points on 8-of-13 shooting for Villanova.

Davante Gardner had 29 points and 13 rebounds for Marquette.

The Wildcats frustrated Marquette early with jumpers, but Gardner led the Golden Eagles' push in the paint to stay within a possession or two for much of the second half.

Villanova turned away every run -- until the end of regulation. The Wildcats kept it interesting after missing 5 of 7 from the free throw line in a stretch in the final 1:11.

Mayo followed a running jumper with a 3 from the corner to get Marquette within 75-74 with 13.2 seconds left.

Arcidiacono responded with two free throws, but then fouled Mayo on 3-point attempt at the other end with 4.8 seconds left.

Mayo hit all three free throws -- the last one tantalizingly bouncing on the rim a couple times before falling through for a 77-77 tie.

It set up Chennault's contested drive for a potential game-winner, but the officials' charging call whipped the crowd into a frenzy.

"Arguably the toughest play that's been made at the Bradley Center in this season was Steve taking the charge," Williams said.

Wright wasn't happy, but respected the call.

"I was so happy that it worked, and then I was so crushed when the call was made," he said. "I know (the official has) got great integrity. I was still mad at him, but I know he has great integrity."

Overtime had seemed unattainable after JayVaughn Pinkston's dunk gave Villanova a 68-57 lead with 4:53 to play. The Golden Eagles fought back in playing their third straight overtime game for the first time since 2009-10 before falling short.

Villanova allowed an opponent to shoot at least 50 percent from the field a second straight game, a startling statistic for a team that prided itself on holding teams under that mark for 47 straight games.

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Villanova's Ryan Arcidiacono scores 20 points to go with 11 assists, including six points and two assists in overtime. (USATSI)
Villanova's Ryan Arcidiacono scores 20 points to go with 11 assists, including six points and two assists in overtime. (USATSI)
Scoreboard
Villanova #4 (17-2) «38391794
Marquette (11-9)3146885
NOVA:J. Bell 30 Pts
NOVA:D. Ochefu 9 Reb
NOVA:R. Arcidiacono 11 Ast
MARQET:D. Gardner 29 Pts
MARQET:D. Gardner 13 Reb
MARQET:J. Wilson 7 Ast

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PLAYERS OF THE GAME
VillanovaMarquette
NOVA
James Bell
MARQET
Davante Gardner
PtsRebsAstPtsRebsAst
304329132
Villanova Wildcats
J. Bell, G409-188-1143330
R. Arcidiacono, G394-1110-13411320
J. Pinkston, F365-112-481412
D. Hilliard, G368-130-051020
D. Ochefu, F262-41-29045
T. Chennault, G183-31-20047
J. Hart, G180-20-04220
D. Ennis, G60-20-01010
K. Jenkins, F60-00-00020
N. McMahon, GDid Not Play
P. Farrell, FDid Not Play
H. Lowe, GDid Not Play
D. Reynolds, FDid Not Play
Totals 31-6422-3235182394
 48.4%68.8% 
Marquette Golden Eagles
J. Wilson, F416-124-697516
D. Gardner, F399-1611-14132429
D. Wilson, G362-52-45736
J. Thomas, G290-20-01120
C. Otule, C163-50-10026
T. Mayo, G267-103-401418
S. Taylor, F233-70-03116
J. Dawson, G81-40-00013
D. Burton, G-F50-01-20001
J. Anderson, F20-10-01020
D. Flood, GDid Not Play
J. Johnson, GDid Not Play
D. Wilson, GDid Not Play
Totals 31-6221-3132192485
 50.0%67.7% 
Big East
TeamConf. W-LTot. W-LRPI Rank
Creighton0-03-083
Providence0-03-078
St. Johns0-03-0119
Villanova0-03-086
Xavier0-03-0119
Butler0-02-0198
DePaul0-02-041
Georgetown0-02-0147
Seton Hall0-02-018
Marquette0-01-133
 
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DUKE 78
IOWA 76 Final
NW 50
SYR 64 Final
UM 52
UT 74 Final
BAYL 60
UGA 54 Final
UK 79
KSU 75 Final
ISU 81
WVU 75 Final
OKST 81
TENN 41 Final
FLA 67
OKLA 74 Final
TTU 65
WISC 72 Final
PUR 58
PITT 83 Final
MD 79
MICH 80 Final
MIST 75
WICH 78 Final
DRKE 61
KAN 91 Final
TCU 69
SDSU 74 Final
UTST 69