- Associated Press - Saturday, January 25, 2014

MILWAUKEE (AP) - Todd Mayo came up clutch again for Marquette, this time sending a game into overtime.

But the Golden Eagles couldn’t capitalize on the junior guard’s late heroics.

Ryan Arcidiacono had 20 points and 11 assists, and coolly guided No. 4 Villanova in the extra session of a 94-85 win Saturday that snapped Marquette’s 20-game home winning streak against Big East opponents.

Mayo had 18 points - including the last 10 in regulation - for Marquette (11-9, 3-4 Big East) to help force overtime at 77-77.

“Fought really hard to get it to overtime, then once we got into overtime they scored every possession,” 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.”

Mayo and Steve Taylor, Jr., played huge roles in getting the Golden Eagles to that point. They also played key roles in Marquette’s 80-72 win in overtime at Georgetown earlier in the week, including Mayo’s 3 to tie it with 6 seconds left in regulation.

On Saturday, Villanova (17-2, 6-1) turned away every run - until the end of regulation. The Wildcats kept it interesting after missing 5 of 7 from the free throw line in a stretch in the final 1:11.

Mayo followed a running jumper with a 3 from the corner to get Marquette within 75-74 with 13.2 seconds left.

Arcidiacono responded with two free throws, but then fouled Mayo on 3-point attempt at the other end with 4.8 seconds left.

Mayo hit all three free throws - the last one tantalizingly bouncing on the rim a couple times before falling through for a 77-77 tie.

A layup by Villanova’s Tony Chennault with 1 second left in regulation was waved off by the officials after Taylor drew a charging foul.

“Arguably the toughest play that’s been made at the Bradley Center in this season was Steve taking the charge,” Williams said.

Villanova coach Jay Wright wasn’t happy, but respected the call.

“I was so happy that it worked, and then I was so crushed when the call was made,” he said. “I know (the official has) got great integrity. I was still mad at him, but I know he has great integrity.”

Villanova took control in overtime.

Arcidiacono had six points and two assists in the extra period. He hustled for a loose ball with 37.7 seconds left that allowed Wright to call a timeout and avoid a turnover.

James Bell, who finished with 30 points, followed with two free throws to make it a three-possession game for the Wildcats.

“I felt good all game so I just wanted the ball in my hands,” Arcidiacono said. “If we were going to go down, I wanted it to be on my shoulders.”

Marquette’s last loss at home to a Big East opponent 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.

The hard-fought 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.

Davante Gardner had 29 points and 13 rebounds for Marquette.

The Wildcats frustrated Marquette early with jumpers, but Gardner led the Golden Eagles’ push in the paint to stay within a possession or two for much of the second half.

Overtime had seemed unattainable after JayVaughn Pinkston’s dunk gave Villanova a 68-57 lead with 4:53 to play. The Golden Eagles fought back to play in their third straight overtime game of which they won only one.

“We just couldn’t get stops in overtime,” Mayo said.


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