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January 2, 2010 - Villanova vs. Marquette

(8) Villanova 74 Marquette 72

Eagles Suffer Another Close Loss

And the beat goes on for the Marquette Golden Eagles.

For the second time in four days, they played well enough to beat a highly ranked opponent yet couldn't come up with the key plays they needed down the stretch. The result was another crushing loss, 74-72, to the No. 8 Villanova Wildcats at the Bradley Center.

The setback dropped the Golden Eagles to 0-2 in the Big East and 0-4 in games this season decided by four or fewer points.

Once again, free throws and a lack of offense down the stretch did them in - they went 3 for 6 from the free-throw line and without a field goal over the final 4 minutes 11 seconds. And they weren't even able to get off a final shot despite inbounding the ball and getting it well over the midcourt stripe in the final 2.6 seconds.

“As Coach (Bill) Parcells said, 'You are what your record says you are,' ” said coach Buzz Williams. “We're 9-5 and we're 0-2, and we can get better or we can get bitter. Maybe it's my personality trait, but I attack every possession and every day like it's the same.

“I think that God continues to give you the same test, and until you pass it, you keep getting the same test.”

In the loss to West Virginia on Tuesday, MU did a remarkable job slowing the game down and mitigating the Mountaineers' across-the-board mismatches. While Villanova was a better matchup height-wise, the Wildcats had much more depth, and the Golden Eagles again concentrated on slowing the pace in a game that featured 13 lead changes.

The approach worked to the extent that MU led, 69-67, after a three-pointer by David Cubillan despite playing more than 11 minutes in the second half without its best perimeter shooter, Darius Johnson-Odom, who had to sit with four fouls.

It was Johnson-Odom who had an opportunity to add to that lead when he went to the free-throw line with 2:35 left. But after going 1 for 3 in the final 1:02 at West Virginia, he missed both to keep it a one-possession game for Villanova.

Johnson-Odom entered shooting 73.1% from the line.

From there, the Wildcats' Reggie Redding hit four straight sandwiched around a pair by Jimmy Butler, making it 71-71 with 56.5 seconds remaining. Then it was Lazar Hayward's turn, and after back-rimming the first he hit the second to make it 72-71 with 27.4 seconds left.

Villanova inbounded to Scottie Reynolds, its senior point guard best-known for his improbable full-court dash and basket in the waning seconds to beat Pittsburgh and send the Wildcats to the Final Four last season.

He delivered in this situation as well, making his way up court, splitting a double-team near the top of the key with a pretty behind-the-back dribble, and hitting a jumper in the lane while being fouled by Johnson-Odom to make it 73-72. Reynolds missed the free throw.

MU inbounded and, without Johnson-Odom available, got the ball down low to Butler. He was challenged by multiple defenders as he went up in the lane, but his shot was short, and the Wildcats rebounded.

“He missed it,” said Williams. “We ran a great play. Jimmy was wide open maybe 19 inches from the goal and he missed it.”

Villanova left the door ajar slightly for MU when Redding hit 1 of 2 free throws on the other end, with Hayward grabbing the miss on the second and calling a timeout with 2.6 seconds left. Williams set up a final play that saw Hayward inbound to Dwight Buycks, who took a few dribbles and got the ball almost to the three-point line.

But before he could get a shot off over two taller, converging defenders, the clock expired and MU had come up short again.

Butler had 19 points to lead the Golden Eagles, while Hayward had 17 points and 14 rebounds, Buycks a career-high 15 points and Cubillan 10. Villanova (12-1, 1-0) was led by Reynolds' 23 points.

There won't be any time for MU to lament its tough start to Big East play - No. 13 Georgetown (10-1, 1-0) comes to the Bradley Center on Wednesday, and the Golden Eagles then travel to play at Villanova on Saturday.

“We had a bunch of opportunities to take over the game and we didn't capitalize,” Hayward said. “The only thing we can do is keep working. We can't sit around and feel sorry for ourselves. We have 16 more games to go.”

Box Score

Official Basketball Box Score
8/8 Villanova vs Marquette
1/2/10 2:30 p.m. at Bradley Center - Milwaukee, Wis.

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VISITORS: 8/8 Villanova 12-1, 1-0 BE
                          TOT-FG  3-PT         REBOUNDS
## Player Name            FG-FGA FG-FGA FT-FTA OF DE TOT PF  TP  A TO BLK S MIN
00 PENA, Antonio....... f  2-6    0-0    0-1    2  3  5   1   4  0  3  0  0  26
01 REYNOLDS, Scottie... g  8-12   3-5    4-6    0  0  0   1  23  1  1  0  0  30
10 FISHER, Corey....... g  3-7    0-1    0-0    1  3  4   0   6  4  1  0  1  21
15 REDDING, Reggie..... g  3-11   0-2    5-8    1  7  8   3  11  3  1  0  0  36
24 STOKES, Corey....... g  1-5    0-1    0-0    1  1  2   4   2  1  0  0  1  19
05 WAYNS, Maalik.......    5-8    0-0    6-7    0  2  2   3  16  2  0  0  0  26
23 CHEEK, Dominic......    1-2    0-0    0-0    1  1  2   0   2  0  0  0  0   7
25 SUTTON, Maurice.....    0-0    0-0    0-0    0  0  0   0   0  0  0  0  0   1
31 KING, Taylor........    3-5    0-1    0-0    1  5  6   4   6  2  1  0  0  20
34 ARMWOOD, Isaiah.....    2-3    0-0    0-0    0  2  2   1   4  0  0  0  0  14
   TEAM................                         2     2
   Totals..............   28-59   3-10  15-22   9 24 33  17  74 13  7  0  2 200

TOTAL FG% 1st Half: 16-29 55.2%   2nd Half: 12-30 40.0%   Game: 47.5%  DEADB
3-Pt. FG% 1st Half:  1-4  25.0%   2nd Half:  2-6  33.3%   Game: 30.0%   REBS
F Throw % 1st Half:  2-4  50.0%   2nd Half: 13-18 72.2%   Game: 68.2%   2,1


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HOME TEAM: Marquette 9-5, 0-2 BE
                          TOT-FG  3-PT         REBOUNDS
## Player Name            FG-FGA FG-FGA FT-FTA OF DE TOT PF  TP  A TO BLK S MIN
21 Fulce, Joseph....... f  1-1    0-0    0-0    2  2  4   1   2  0  1  0  1   9
32 Hayward, Lazar...... f  5-10   2-7    5-6    3 11 14   4  17  3  1  1  1  37
33 Butler, Jimmy....... f  5-12   1-3    8-9    2  5  7   3  19  2  1  0  0  39
10 Cubillan, David..... g  4-7    2-5    0-0    0  0  0   3  10  1  0  0  0  36
23 Buycks, Dwight...... g  5-14   1-4    4-4    0  1  1   4  15  2  3  0  2  36
01 Johnson-Odom, Darius    1-6    0-2    2-4    0  0  0   5   4  3  1  0  1  17
02 Acker, Maurice......    1-4    1-3    2-3    0  2  2   2   5  5  1  0  0  26
   TEAM................                         2  6  8
   Totals..............   22-54   7-24  21-26   9 27 36  22  72 16  8  1  5 200

TOTAL FG% 1st Half: 12-30 40.0%   2nd Half: 10-24 41.7%   Game: 40.7%  DEADB
3-Pt. FG% 1st Half:  5-13 38.5%   2nd Half:  2-11 18.2%   Game: 29.2%   REBS
F Throw % 1st Half:  5-5  100 %   2nd Half: 16-21 76.2%   Game: 80.8%    3


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Officials: Jeff Clark, Ed Corbett, Tim Clougherty
Technical fouls: 8/8 Villanova-None. Marquette-None.
Attendance: 18093
Score by Periods                1st  2nd   Total
8/8 Villanova.................   35   39  -   74
Marquette.....................   34   38  -   72
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Points in the paint-VU 44,MU 18. Points off turnovers-VU 6,MU 7.
2nd chance points-VU 6,MU 7. Fast break points-VU 16,MU 24.
Bench points-VU 28,MU 9. Score tied-11 times. Lead changed-13 times.
Last FG-VU 2nd-00:18, MU 2nd-04:12.
Largest lead-VU by 4 2nd-10:34, MU by 10 1st-13:43.

Play-By-Play

Play-by-Play
8/8 Villanova vs Marquette
1/2/10 2:30 p.m. at Bradley Center - Milwaukee, Wis.

1st PERIOD Play-by-Play (Page 1)
HOME TEAM: Marquette                            TIME   SCORE  MAR  VISITORS: 8/8 Villanova
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TURNOVR by Buycks, Dwight                       19:42
                                                19:41              STEAL by STOKES, Corey
REBOUND (DEF) by Hayward, Lazar                 19:34              MISSED JUMPER by PENA, Antonio
GOOD! 3 PTR by Butler, Jimmy [FB]               19:25   3-0   H 3
ASSIST by Cubillan, David                       19:25
                                                19:13   3-2   H 1  GOOD! LAYUP by FISHER, Corey [FB/PNT]
GOOD! LAYUP by Butler, Jimmy [FB/PNT]           19:00   5-2   H 3
ASSIST by Hayward, Lazar                        19:00
GOOD! FT SHOT by Butler, Jimmy                  19:00   6-2   H 4  FOUL by STOKES, Corey (P1T1)
                                                18:46   6-4   H 2  GOOD! LAYUP by REDDING, Reggie [PNT]
                                                18:46              ASSIST by FISHER, Corey
TURNOVR by Fulce, Joseph                        18:31
                                                18:30              STEAL by FISHER, Corey
REBOUND (DEF) by (TEAM)                         18:25              MISSED LAYUP by REYNOLDS, Scottie
SUB IN : Johnson-Odom, Darius                   18:25
SUB OUT: Fulce, Joseph                          18:25
GOOD! FT SHOT by Hayward, Lazar                 17:55   7-4   H 3  FOUL by PENA, Antonio (P1T2)
GOOD! FT SHOT by Hayward, Lazar                 17:55   8-4   H 4
                                                17:43              TURNOVR by FISHER, Corey
STEAL by Buycks, Dwight                         17:42
MISSED 3 PTR by Johnson-Odom, Darius            17:33              REBOUND (DEF) by PENA, Antonio
                                                17:16   8-6   H 2  GOOD! JUMPER by REYNOLDS, Scottie
GOOD! JUMPER by Buycks, Dwight [FB]             17:00  10-6   H 4
ASSIST by Johnson-Odom, Darius                  16:57
                                                16:40  10-8   H 2  GOOD! JUMPER by STOKES, Corey
                                                16:40              ASSIST by FISHER, Corey
GOOD! 3 PTR by Buycks, Dwight                   16:13  13-8   H 5
ASSIST by Johnson-Odom, Darius                  16:13
                                                15:52              TURNOVR by REYNOLDS, Scottie
TIMEOUT MEDIA                                   15:52
SUB IN : Acker, Maurice                         15:52              SUB IN : ARMWOOD, Isaiah
SUB OUT: Cubillan, David                        15:52              SUB OUT: FISHER, Corey
GOOD! FT SHOT by Johnson-Odom, Darius           15:17  14-8   H 6  FOUL by STOKES, Corey (P2T3)
GOOD! FT SHOT by Johnson-Odom, Darius           15:17  15-8   H 7
                                                15:17              SUB IN : WAYNS, Maalik
                                                15:17              SUB OUT: STOKES, Corey
                                                15:03  15-10  H 5  GOOD! LAYUP by WAYNS, Maalik [PNT]
FOUL by Acker, Maurice (P1T1)                   15:03  15-11  H 4  GOOD! FT SHOT by WAYNS, Maalik
GOOD! 3 PTR by Acker, Maurice                   14:41  18-11  H 7
ASSIST by Johnson-Odom, Darius                  14:41
                                                14:22  18-13  H 5  GOOD! DUNK by ARMWOOD, Isaiah [PNT]
                                                14:22              ASSIST by REDDING, Reggie
GOOD! LAYUP by Johnson-Odom, Darius [FB/PNT]    14:14  20-13  H 7
                                                13:51              TURNOVR by PENA, Antonio
STEAL by Buycks, Dwight                         13:50
GOOD! 3 PTR by Hayward, Lazar [FB]              13:43  23-13  H 10
ASSIST by Acker, Maurice                        13:43
                                                13:43              TIMEOUT 30sec
SUB IN : Cubillan, David                        13:43              SUB IN : FISHER, Corey
SUB OUT: Buycks, Dwight                         13:43              SUB OUT: REYNOLDS, Scottie
                                                13:33  23-15  H 8  GOOD! JUMPER by REDDING, Reggie [PNT]
MISSED 3 PTR by Butler, Jimmy                   13:12              REBOUND (DEF) by REDDING, Reggie
STEAL by Johnson-Odom, Darius                   12:59              TURNOVR by PENA, Antonio
                                                12:59              SUB IN : KING, Taylor
                                                12:59              SUB OUT: PENA, Antonio
MISSED 3 PTR by Cubillan, David                 12:38              REBOUND (DEF) by FISHER, Corey
                                                12:27              MISSED LAYUP by FISHER, Corey
                                                12:27              REBOUND (OFF) by KING, Taylor
                                                12:24  23-17  H 6  GOOD! JUMPER by WAYNS, Maalik [PNT]
                                                12:24              ASSIST by FISHER, Corey
MISSED JUMPER by Johnson-Odom, Darius           11:51              REBOUND (DEF) by ARMWOOD, Isaiah
REBOUND (DEF) by Hayward, Lazar                 11:41              MISSED JUMPER by REDDING, Reggie
MISSED 3 PTR by Hayward, Lazar                  11:31              REBOUND (DEF) by KING, Taylor
REBOUND (DEF) by (TEAM)                         11:24              MISSED 3 PTR by FISHER, Corey
TIMEOUT MEDIA                                   11:23
                                                11:23              SUB IN : CHEEK, Dominic
                                                11:23              SUB IN : STOKES, Corey
                                                11:23              SUB OUT: REDDING, Reggie
                                                11:23              SUB OUT: ARMWOOD, Isaiah
TURNOVR by Buycks, Dwight                       10:59
SUB IN : Buycks, Dwight                         10:59
SUB OUT: Acker, Maurice                         10:59
FOUL by Cubillan, David (P1T2)                  10:48
                                                10:48              SUB IN : REDDING, Reggie
                                                10:48              SUB OUT: STOKES, Corey
BLOCK by Hayward, Lazar                         10:36              MISSED JUMPER by WAYNS, Maalik
                                                10:36              REBOUND (OFF) by (TEAM)
                                                10:31  23-19  H 4  GOOD! LAYUP by CHEEK, Dominic [PNT]
                                                10:31              ASSIST by KING, Taylor
TURNOVR by Butler, Jimmy                        10:18
                                                10:18              SUB IN : REYNOLDS, Scottie
                                                10:18              SUB OUT: WAYNS, Maalik
REBOUND (DEF) by Hayward, Lazar                 10:07              MISSED JUMPER by REDDING, Reggie
MISSED LAYUP by Johnson-Odom, Darius            09:59
REBOUND (OFF) by Hayward, Lazar                 09:59
GOOD! TIP-IN by Hayward, Lazar [FB/PNT]         09:56  25-19  H 6
                                                09:39  25-22  H 3  GOOD! 3 PTR by REYNOLDS, Scottie
                                                09:39              ASSIST by FISHER, Corey
MISSED JUMPER by Buycks, Dwight                 09:11
REBOUND (OFF) by (TEAM)                         09:11
                                                09:07              SUB IN : PENA, Antonio
                                                09:07              SUB OUT: CHEEK, Dominic
MISSED 3 PTR by Cubillan, David                 08:50              REBOUND (DEF) by PENA, Antonio
FOUL by Johnson-Odom, Darius (P1T3)             08:31
SUB IN : Fulce, Joseph                          08:31
SUB OUT: Johnson-Odom, Darius                   08:31
REBOUND (DEF) by Buycks, Dwight                 08:16              MISSED JUMPER by KING, Taylor
MISSED 3 PTR by Hayward, Lazar                  07:57
REBOUND (OFF) by (TEAM)                         07:57
TIMEOUT MEDIA                                   07:57
                                                07:57              SUB IN : ARMWOOD, Isaiah
                                                07:57              SUB OUT: KING, Taylor
MISSED 3 PTR by Buycks, Dwight                  07:37
REBOUND (OFF) by Fulce, Joseph                  07:37
MISSED JUMPER by Butler, Jimmy                  07:15
REBOUND (OFF) by Butler, Jimmy                  07:15
SUB IN : Johnson-Odom, Darius                   07:15              SUB IN : WAYNS, Maalik
SUB IN : Acker, Maurice                         07:15              SUB OUT: FISHER, Corey
SUB OUT: Fulce, Joseph                          07:15
SUB OUT: Buycks, Dwight                         07:15
MISSED 3 PTR by Cubillan, David                 07:01              REBOUND (DEF) by REDDING, Reggie
                                                06:48  25-24  H 1  GOOD! JUMPER by REYNOLDS, Scottie
MISSED JUMPER by Butler, Jimmy                  06:19
REBOUND (OFF) by Butler, Jimmy                  06:19
                                                06:19              FOUL by REYNOLDS, Scottie (P1T4)
                                                06:19              SUB IN : KING, Taylor
                                                06:19              SUB OUT: PENA, Antonio
                                                06:19              SUB OUT: REYNOLDS, Scottie
FOUL by Hayward, Lazar (P1T4)                   06:15
TURNOVR by Hayward, Lazar                       06:15
FOUL by Johnson-Odom, Darius (P2T5)             06:01
SUB IN : Buycks, Dwight                         06:01
SUB OUT: Johnson-Odom, Darius                   06:01
                                                05:47  25-26  V 1  GOOD! JUMPER by KING, Taylor [PNT]
                                                05:47              ASSIST by WAYNS, Maalik
MISSED JUMPER by Buycks, Dwight                 05:19              REBOUND (DEF) by ARMWOOD, Isaiah
REBOUND (DEF) by Hayward, Lazar                 05:03              MISSED 3 PTR by KING, Taylor
GOOD! 3 PTR by Hayward, Lazar [FB]              04:55  28-26  H 2
ASSIST by Acker, Maurice                        04:55
REBOUND (DEF) by Hayward, Lazar                 04:16              MISSED LAYUP by WAYNS, Maalik
                                                04:11              FOUL by WAYNS, Maalik (P1T5)
SUB IN : Fulce, Joseph                          04:11              SUB IN : FISHER, Corey
SUB OUT: Hayward, Lazar                         04:11              SUB IN : CHEEK, Dominic
                                                04:11              SUB IN : PENA, Antonio
                                                04:11              SUB OUT: REDDING, Reggie
                                                04:11              SUB OUT: ARMWOOD, Isaiah
MISSED JUMPER by Buycks, Dwight                 03:55
REBOUND (OFF) by Fulce, Joseph                  03:55
GOOD! TIP-IN by Fulce, Joseph [PNT]             03:54  30-26  H 4
                                                03:41              TURNOVR by KING, Taylor
STEAL by Fulce, Joseph                          03:40
MISSED JUMPER by Butler, Jimmy                  03:08              REBOUND (DEF) by FISHER, Corey
                                                03:02  30-28  H 2  GOOD! LAYUP by FISHER, Corey [FB/PNT]
GOOD! DUNK by Butler, Jimmy [FB/PNT]            02:43  32-28  H 4
ASSIST by Acker, Maurice                        02:43
                                                02:18  32-30  H 2  GOOD! LAYUP by WAYNS, Maalik [PNT]
FOUL by Fulce, Joseph (P1T6)                    02:18
                                                02:18              TIMEOUT media
                                                02:18              MISSED FT SHOT by WAYNS, Maalik
                                                02:18              REBOUND (OFF) by STOKES, Corey
SUB OUT: Buycks, Dwight                         02:18              SUB IN : STOKES, Corey
SUB OUT: Fulce, Joseph                          02:18              SUB IN : REDDING, Reggie
                                                02:18              SUB OUT: CHEEK, Dominic
                                                02:18              SUB OUT: KING, Taylor
                                                02:11  32-32  T 1  GOOD! JUMPER by PENA, Antonio [PNT]
SUB IN : Buycks, Dwight                         02:07
SUB IN : Hayward, Lazar                         02:07
                                                02:02              ASSIST by STOKES, Corey
MISSED JUMPER by Acker, Maurice                 01:38              REBOUND (DEF) by FISHER, Corey
                                                01:21              MISSED JUMPER by REDDING, Reggie
                                                01:21              REBOUND (OFF) by PENA, Antonio
FOUL by Hayward, Lazar (P2T7)                   01:21              MISSED FT SHOT by PENA, Antonio
                                                01:21              REBOUND (OFF) by CHEEK, Dominic
REBOUND (DEF) by Butler, Jimmy                  01:21              MISSED TIP-IN by CHEEK, Dominic
                                                01:21              SUB IN : CHEEK, Dominic
                                                01:21              SUB OUT: STOKES, Corey
GOOD! JUMPER by Buycks, Dwight                  00:55  34-32  H 2
TIMEOUT 30sec                                   00:48
SUB IN : Fulce, Joseph                          00:48              SUB IN : STOKES, Corey
SUB OUT: Hayward, Lazar                         00:48              SUB OUT: CHEEK, Dominic
                                                00:38  34-34  T 2  GOOD! LAYUP by WAYNS, Maalik [FB/PNT]
FOUL by Buycks, Dwight (P1T8)                   00:38  34-35  V 1  GOOD! FT SHOT by WAYNS, Maalik
                                                00:38              SUB IN : CHEEK, Dominic
                                                00:38              SUB IN : ARMWOOD, Isaiah
                                                00:38              SUB OUT: FISHER, Corey
                                                00:38              SUB OUT: STOKES, Corey
MISSED JUMPER by Buycks, Dwight                 00:04              REBOUND (DEF) by WAYNS, Maalik
                                                00:00              MISSED 3 PTR by REDDING, Reggie
                                                00:00              REBOUND (OFF) by (DEADBALL)


                                 8/8 Villanova 35, Marquette 34

          1st period-only      InPaint Pts-T/O 2nd-Chc FastBrk BnchPts Ties  Leads
          8/8 Villanova          24       4       6       6      16      2     2
          Marquette              10       5       4      19       7      0     1

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