MU Falls to Villanova in BIG EAST Quarters, 84-49
March 12, 2015
NEW YORK (AP) - Big East Sixth Man of the Year Josh Hart scored 20 points off the bench, and fourth-ranked Villanova ensured it would stick around at the Big East Tournament a bit longer this time with an 84-49 rout of Marquette in the quarterfinals Thursday.
The Wildcats (30-2) lost in the quarters on a last-second shot as the No. 1 seed to Seton Hall last year. This one was over much earlier as Villanova made 17 of 29 3-point attempts to win its 13th straight.
After the Golden Eagles pulled within 18-16 midway through the first half, Hart scored 11 straight points on three 3-pointers and a layup to spark a 17-0 run. Hart hit another 3 with 11 seconds left in the half to send the Wildcats into the locker room with a 39-21 lead.
Hart made his first six field goals and first five 3-point attempts before finally missing more than four minutes into the second half.
Ninth-seeded Marquette (13-19) had crushed Seton Hall 78-56 on Wednesday night, but Villanova shut down nearly everything that had worked so well in that game. Matt Carlino, who tied a Big East Tournament record with eight 3-pointers a day earlier, missed all five of his shots in the first half. With a defender draped over him all afternoon long, Carlino finished with just five points after scoring 26 against the Pirates.
Derrick Wilson, who had 14 assists and just two turnovers Wednesday, committed nine turnovers. He led Marquette with 11 points and nine assists.
The Wildcats, seeking to lock up a No. 1 seed in the NCAA Tournament, essentially have six starters when it comes to production and minutes. Hart just happens to begin games on the bench. Darrun Hilliard leads the way with 14.2 points per game, then five players average between 9.3 and 10.7.
Hilliard had 13 points and eight assists Thursday.
Villanova: The Wildcats matched the most wins in school history. The 2008-09 Final Four squad went 30-8. ... Villanova has defeated Marquette in six straight meetings.
Marquette: After shooting 56.9 percent and committing just 11 turnovers Wednesday, the Golden Eagles shot 39.1 percent from the floor and turned the ball over 22 times.
Villanova faces St. John's or Providence in the semifinals Friday.
Marquette finishes 13-19 in its first season under coach Steve Wojciechowski.
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