Howard has 38, No. 10 Marquette edges No. 14 Villanova 66-65

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MILWAUKEE — Markus Howard scored 38 points and No. 10 Marquette hung on at the buzzer, edging No. 14 Villanova 66-65 Saturday and handing the Wildcats their first Big East Conference loss.

Marquette (20-4, 9-2) led by 15 early in the second half. The Golden Eagles took a 66-63 lead on two free throws by Howard with 53 seconds left, but Phil Booth answered with a floater in the lane that made it a one-point game.

MILWAUKEE, WISCONSIN – FEBRUARY 09: Markus Howard #0 of the Marquette Golden Eagles drives to the basket against Phil Booth #5 of the Villanova Wildcats during the first half at Fiserv Forum on February 09, 2019 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. (Photo by Stacy Revere/Getty Images)

MILWAUKEE, WISCONSIN – FEBRUARY 09: Members of the Marquette Golden Eagles react to a score during the first half against the Villanova Wildcats at Fiserv Forum on February 09, 2019 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. (Photo by Stacy Revere/Getty Images)

Jermaine Samuels then stripped Howard on the ensuing possession with 14 seconds left. After a timeout, Booth drove but was trapped underneath, and passed the ball back to Samuels, who missed an off-balance jumper from the right side as time ran out.

Booth had 19 points and Eric Paschall 17 for Villanova (19-5, 10-1), which had won 11 straight since a 74-71 loss to Kansas on Dec. 15.

Howard hit 13 of 24 shots, including 5 of 11 on 3s. He made all seven of his free throws.

Marquette bounced back from its first home loss of the season, a 70-69 loss to St. John’s on Tuesday. Sacar Anim added 18 for the Golden Eagles.

The Golden Eagles opened the second half with a 10-3 run, taking a 40-29 lead on a jumper by Sam Hauser with 16:38 left. Marquette pushed the lead to 47-32 on Anim’s jumper as Villanova made just 2 of its first 12 shots after the break.

Villanova answered with 10 consecutive points, pulling within 47-42 on Saddiq Bey’s 3-pointer from the right corner. The Wildcats later went on a 13-2 burst and took a 55-53 lead on Samuel’s 3-pointer with 6:16 remaining.


Villanova: After facing Providence at home, the Wildcats play three straight on the road at St. John’s, Georgetown and Xavier. Villanova earlier defeated all three at home.

Marquette: The Golden Eagles play three of their next four on the road, culminating in a rematch at Villanova on Feb. 27. Although dominant at home, Marquette is 5-3 on the road.


Villanova hosts Providence on Wednesday.

Marquette is at DePaul on Tuesday.

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