A slow start offensively, forced #18 Marquette to play catch-up all night before falling to #15 Villanova 72-71 in Philadelphia on Wednesday night.
Jeremiah Robinson-Earl had 17 points and 11 rebounds for the Wildcats (18-6, 8-4 Big East), who snapped a three-game losing streak. Collin Gillespie and Jermaine Samuels added 14 points apiece as the Wildcats pulled into a second-place tie with Creighton in the Big East Conference.
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 a game, became the Big East’s all-time leading scorer in league games with 1,408 points. [Read more…]