Wildcats dominate inside, hold off Golden Eagles
Fisher and Stokes are doing their part this season, for sure.
This year, however, the Wildcats are winning games inside.
Mouphtaou Yarou scored 18 points, Antonio Pena had 14 points and 10 rebounds and No. 12 Villanova snapped a two-game losing streak in a 75-70 win over Marquette on Wednesday night.
Yarou and Pena continued to thrive inside for the Wildcats
(18-4, 6-3), combining for 15 rebounds.
Fisher had 17 points and six assists for the Wildcats, who had lost three of four.
Jimmy Butler and Darius Johnson-Odom each scored 15 points for Marquette (14-9, 5-5).
The Wildcats led by as many as 14 in the second half until Marquette team ditched the three-pointers. The Golden Eagles made just 3 of 16 from long range.
Butler gave Marquette one last sliver of hope when he nailed at three, and it was 72-68 with 20.1 seconds left. Marquette was forced to foul, allowing the Wildcats to clinch from the free-throw line. Villanova went 29 of 33 from the line, where Marquette was only 13 of 14.
The Golden Eagles went 3-5 in a stretch of playing seven ranked opponents in eight games.
“We have to find something to change to the tempo,” Marquette coach Buzz Williams said. “We can’t just keep trading baskets.”