The Villanova Wildcats had an excellent opportunity on Saturday afternoon at the Wells Fargo Center to win a game against a very good team and get a much needed win on their resume when they actually led against Big East rival and 18th ranked Marquette. Villanove led Marquette by as many as 16 points in the first half and led the game by ten points at halftime.
The Wildcats were unable to hang on to a double digit lead and Marquette dominated the second hald and scored 46 second half points and defeated Villanova by four points, 82-78. Villanova did have five players who scored double figures but it was not enough against Marquette. Freshman Jay Vaughn Pinkston led the Wildcats with 17 points and junior Dominic Cheek had 16 points. For Marquette, Darius Johnson Odom had 26 points and Jae Crowder ahd 20 points and 11 rebounds in the game.
Foul trouble for Villanova was a problem and especially in the first half. Wayn picked up his second foul midway through the first half and went to the Villanova bench, which limited his first half action. Villanova head coach Jay Wright was forced to use his younger players early. The Wildcats at one point in the first half had four freshman on the court and Marquette took advantage and cut the 16 point Villanova lead to ten points at halftime.
Marquette improved to 18-4 overall, 7-2 in Big East, while Villanova fell to 10-12 overall, and 3-7 in Big East. Villanova next plays at Pittsburgh against the Panthers next Sunday.