National Basketball Association
Villanova 96, Marquette 64
When: 9:00 PM ET, Wednesday, February 10, 2021
Where: William B. Finneran Pavilion, Villanova, Pennsylvania
# John Higgins, # Matt Potter, # Mike Roberts
Jeremiah Robinson-Earl had 27 points, eight rebounds and three steals as No. 5 Villanova put away visiting Marquette 96-64 on Wednesday.
Robinson-Earl shot 10 of 11 from the field and 5 of 5 from 3-point territory as Villanova reached a season high in points scored.
Senior Collin Gillespie added 16 points and 11 assists for his third career double-double, Jermaine Samuels contributed 14 points and Justin Moore and Caleb Daniels had 12 apiece for the Wildcats (13-2, 8-1 Big East).
Freshman Dawson Garcia scored a season-high 28 points for Marquette while D.J. Carton added 13.
The Golden Eagles (9-11, 5-9) have lost five of their past six overall.
Samuels drove to the basket and completed a difficult reverse layup for an 18-13 Villanova lead with 10:14 left in the first half.
On Marquette's next possession, Carton dropped in a 3-pointer to cut the deficit to two.
The Wildcats moved ahead 29-22 with 5:29 remaining after Moore received a crisp pass from Gillespie and scored in the lane.
Garcia completed a three-point play to close Marquette within 33-30 with 2:19 to go.
Villanova extended its halftime lead to 40-32 when Daniels hit a trey at the buzzer.
Garcia led all scorers on both teams with 14 points in the first half.
The Wildcats scored the first five points of the second half -- a layup by Daniels and a 3-pointer by Robinson-Earl -- to quickly pull ahead 45-32.
Villanova stayed aggressive, and when Moore hit a trey as the shot clock expired, the lead was 55-39 with 15:46 remaining.
The Golden Eagles got within 57-46 with 14:00 left after Carton stole the ball at midcourt, dribbled all the way to the basket and threw down a one-handed dunk.
Robinson-Earl soon made consecutive treys and Villanova extended its advantage to 67-52 with 10:21 left.
Villanova made eight of its first 11 treys in the second half to lead 78-56 with 6:27 left.
--Field Level Media
Top Game Performances
Dawson Garcia 28
Jeremiah Robinson-Earl 27
D.J. Carton 4
Collin Gillespie 11
D.J. Carton 7
Jeremiah Robinson-Earl 8
Dawson Garcia 9
||Free Throws Made
Jermaine Samuels 5
Theo John 2
Collin Gillespie 3
Theo John 2
Justin Moore 1
Team Stats Summary