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Quick Recap: Villanova 78 Marquette 76

Up 31-19 at the half, Villanova appeared as though it had finally figured out its defensive scheme and was on its ways to showing the country why they were ranked so high with an impressive win over Marquette.  Twenty minutes later, and Villanova got that win but would have to settle for a narrow 2-point escape act.

After scoring less points in a half against Villanova than any team had all season, Marquette came out on fire in the second half, beginning to sink open jumpers they missed in the first half.  The Golden Eagles tripled their first half total by scoring 57 points in the second half.

The Villanova lead, which grew to as large as 22, was dwindled down to two points after Lazar Hayward sank two free throws after an intentional foul by Corey Stokes.  With the foul giving Marquette possession, the Golden Eagles had a chance to tie but a turnover by Jimmy Butler sealed their fate.  Wildcat junior forward Antonio Pena sank two free throws to put the game away with eight seconds to play.

Getting past Marquette by two points for the second straight contest between the two teams took a balanced effort from the Villanova lineup.  All five of the Villanova starters scored in double figures, with junior guard Corey Stokes, who missed last game with a hamstring injury, leading the way with 16.

In what was an intense and hard fought 40 minutes, Villanova got a scare when sophomore forward Taylor King appeared injured after diving for a loose ball and colliding with a Marquette player.  Although he did not play the rest of the game, it appears King is fine after Jay Wright described the injury as minor pain in his neck.

The Wildcats will now have a quick turnaround as they travel to Louisville on Monday for a battle between two of the conference’s four unbeaten teams in league play.

-David Cassilo

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