NCAAB Game Recap - Marquette at Villanova
Wed Feb 12, 2020 8:30 PM EST

Kansas
58
WVU
49
F
Lou
58
GaTec
64
F
Crei
87
Seton
82
F
Alab
91
Aub
95
F(OT)
Marq
71
Vill
72
F
Xav
61
Butl
66
F
Hou
62
SoFL
58
F
SCar
75
UGA
59
F
(N/A)
55
Tows
71
F
UConn
75
SMU
79
F
Mercer
70
Woff
68
F
BC
58
Mia-FL
85
F
LoyIL
73
Evans
66
F
Maine
63
UMassL
71
F
Stony
75
Bingha
70
F
UNH
50
Vermt
74
F
GMas
72
VACom
67
F
VMI
67
Chat
86
F
Rut
66
OhSt
72
F
Canis
66
Niag
69
F
WCU
62
UNCG
82
F
Buck
59
Navy
60
F
HolyC
82
Leh
89
F
Rich
74
LaSal
47
F
Albany
60
Hartfo
66
F
Citad
67
ETSU
91
F
Lafy
48
Army
65
F
LoyMD
76
Amer
81
F
Furm
86
Samf
71
F
InWor
60
NWSt
70
F
ECU
56
Tuls
70
F
Temp
72
Tul
68
F
W IL
72
SDak
85
F
NOrl
68
CenAR
73
F
SFA
75
TXAMC
67
F
SIU
38
Valpa
55
F
Drake
62
MOSt
97
F
SamH
79
SeLA
70
F
NebOm
78
Oral
81
F(OT)
IlSt
63
NrthIA
71
F
Lamar
65
Nich
69
F
IndSt
61
Brad
72
F
MidTN
72
UAB
83
F
Fla
78
TexAM
61
F
Prov
69
StJon
80
F
Clem
72
Pitt
52
F
IaSt
61
Okla
90
F
Mich
79
NW
54
F
HBU
67
AbCh
81
F
UCIrv
63
UCRiv
59
F
Fres
84
SJSU
78
F(OT)
Nev
82
UNLV
79
F(OT)
LongB
50
HI
49
F

Feb 12, 2020, 8:30 PM EST

Final

1

2

T

(18) Marquette (17-7)

29

42

71

(15) Villanova (18-6)

38

34

72

Gillespie leads No. 15 Villanova past No. 18 Marquette
Wed Feb 12, 2020 11:55 PM

VILLANOVA, Pa. (AP) On a night Villanova retired the jersey of one of its greatest point guards, its current point guard came through in the clutch.

Collin Gillespie had 14 points and hit a pivotal 3-pointer with 2:03 remaining, Jeremiah Robinson-Earl had 17 points and 11 rebounds and No. 15 Villanova held on for a 72-71 victory over No. 18 Marquette on Wednesday night to snap a three-game losing streak.

Gillespie added five rebounds and four assists, but his shot taken just a few feet from where former Wildcats standout Ryan Arcidiacono was sitting was his biggest play of the night.

"I just try to be a leader and lead by example," Gillespie said.

The Golden Eagles had trimmed Villanova's 18-point second-half lead to five points with 3:58 left before Villanova scored the next five, capped by Gillespie's 3, to take a 10-point lead and get some needed breathing room.

"Collin runs the show," Villanova coach Jay Wright said. "He finds people and he had a huge shot, too."

Jermaine Samuels added 14 points for Villanova (18-6, 8-4 Big East). The Wildcats had surrendered an average of 75 points in defeats to Creighton, Butler and Seton Hall - all teams currently ranked in the AP Top 25. Villanova, which pulled into a second-place tie with Creighton in the Big East, avoided losing four in a row for the first time since Feb. 15-25, 2012.

Markus Howard scored 24 points for Marquette (17-7, 7-5), which had won three straight and six of seven. Howard, the country's leading scorer who entered averaging 27.4 points per game, became the Big East's all-time leading scorer in league games with 1,408 points.

"You can't spot anybody an 18-point lead and think you're going to win," Marquette coach Steve Wojciechowski said.

The Wildcats led by as many as 15 points in the first half and came out strong to open the second half. Villanova scored the first nine points after the break, five of which came from the free-throw line, to lead 47-29 with 16:27 remaining. Marquette continued a pattern from the opening 20 minutes by missing its first six shots after the break.

Villanova went ahead 49-31 on Samuels' two free throws with 15:52 to play.

Wojciechowski went to his bench, and the Golden Eagles slowly cut into the Villanova advantage.

Even after Gillespie's 3, Marquette wasn't quite done. Howard's 3 with 43 seconds left pulled the Golden Eagles within 71-68. After Saddiq Bey missed, Villanova intentionally fouled Howard. He missed the first and then failed to hit the rim while trying to miss the second, giving the ball to Villanova. Robinson-Earl then made the second of two free throws with 4 seconds left before Howard drained a 3 at the buzzer.

"They played together and competed together," Wojciechowski said of the reserves he called on in the second half. "They gave us a chance to win a game we had no business winning."

BIG EAST'S BEST

Howard passed Syracuse's Lawrence Moten (1,405 points) for the scoring record in Big East play.

"Markus has had a historical career," Wojciechowski said. "But I can tell you he's not in the locker room right now thinking at all about those records. When his career is over - hopefully that's a long way down the road - he'll be able to take in the history that he's created at Marquette and in the Big East Conference."

ARCIDIACONO CEREMONY

Villanova retired the No. 15 jersey of Arcidiacono, who was part of 117 wins during his four-year career, which culminated with the 2016 national championship. Arcidiacono had the assist on Kris Jenkins' buzzer-beating 3-pointer that sent Villanova to a 77-74 win over North Carolina for the title.

"I got a little emotional," said Arcidiacono, who is in his third season playing for the Chicago Bulls. "It means the world to me. The NBA is awesome but there's something special about being a student-athlete, playing in front of your friends and family every single game on campus in front of a raucous crowd."

BIG PICTURE

Marquette: The Golden Eagles have a rare weekend off before returning to action next Tuesday at home against Creighton. Marquette can gain some momentum for the postseason by playing three of the next four at home before finishing the regular season on the road at DePaul and St. John's.

Villanova: The Wildcats take a break from Big East action to wrap up the Philadelphia Big 5 portion of their schedule on Sunday at Temple. Villanova already has defeated its first three Big 5 opponents: La Salle, 83-72 on Dec. 1; Penn, 80-69 on Dec. 4; and Saint Joseph's, 78-66 on Dec. 7. Villanova has won six straight against Temple.

UP NEXT

Marquette: Hosts Creighton on Tuesday.

Villanova: At Temple on Saturday.

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Leaders

Marquette PTS +/- AST REB ST BLK
S. Torrence 0 0 1 0 0 0
B. Bailey 0 0 1 1 0 0
Villanova PTS +/- AST REB ST BLK
D. Cosby-Roundtree 0 0 1 2 0 1
J. Robinson-Earl 17 0 4 11 2 0

Team Comparison

Marq Vill
Points For 71 72
Field Goals 25/64-39% 24/60-40%
Three Pointers 11/28-39% 9/31-29%
Free Throws 10/16-62% 15/21-71%
Offensive Rebounds 12 9
Defensive Rebounds 29 32
Rebounds 45 46
Blocks 3 3
Steals 4 5
Turnovers 11 6
Personal Fouls 16 14
Technical Fouls 0 0
Ejections 0 0

2019-2020 Regular Season - Series Tied 1-1

Date Result Away Pts Ldr Home Pts Ldr
Sat Jan 4 Vill 60 @ Marq 71 B. Antoine 2 J. Cain 2
Wed Feb 12 Marq 71 @ Vill 72 G. Elliott 2 B. Slater 2

Game Information

Stadium: Finneran Pavilion, Villanova, Pennsylvania
Attendance: 6,501
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