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MILWAUKEE (AP) - Villanova coach Jay Wright took a pleasant stroll through the corridors of the Bradley Center following a stressful win over Marquette.
Tight games in the Big East are easier to handle with a calming influence like Ryan Arcidiacono handling the ball.
Arcidiacono had 20 points and 11 assists, and coolly guided the fourth-ranked Wildcats in overtime following a frenzied finish to regulation of a 94-85 victory over Marquette on Saturday.
“I felt good all game so I just wanted the ball in my hands,” the sophomore guard said. “If we were going to go down, I wanted it to be on my shoulders.”
Todd Mayo had 18 points - including the last 10 in regulation for Marquette (11-9, 3-4) - to help force overtime at 77-77. A layup by Villanova’s Tony Chennault with 1 second left in regulation was waved off by the officials after Steve Taylor, Jr., drew a charging foul.
But Villanova (17-2, 6-1) took control in overtime.
“Fought really hard to get it to overtime, then once we got into overtime they scored every possession,” Marquette coach Buzz Williams said. “We did not get a stop in the last five minutes of the game, and worked incredibly hard to get it to that point.”
The win for Villanova at one of the toughest venues in the league helped ease the sting of a humbling 28-point loss at home earlier in the week to Creighton.
Still, Villanova was treated with a dose of Midwest politeness. Not one bad comment from the Marquette fans, and Wright made it a point afterward to point that out.
“Half the people yelled, ‘Good game, Coach,’” Wright said. “This doesn’t happen on the East Coast.”
They had every right to be upset after Marquette’s 20-game winning streak in home conference games was snapped.
Marquette’s last loss at home to a Big East foe was 67-60 to Cincinnati on March 2, 2011. The Golden Eagles had the third-longest such streak in the country entering Saturday behind Gonzaga and Weber State, who were both at 23 games.
“Haven’t lost here in a long time. I thought our guys showed really good resiliency to get it back to overtime,” Williams said.
They just didn’t have an answer for Arcidiacono in the extra period.
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