What a difference a day makes!
Just hours after putting in one of the best performances of the season, the Villanova Wildcats showed Marquette who the class of the Big East was as they dispatched the Golden Eagles 84-49 on Thursday afternoon in New York City.
After a sluggish start saw the Wildcats take an 18-8 lead, Marquette flashed a glimmer of hope with eight straight points to cut the deficit to just two. That is when the wheels fell off for good. Josh Hart started off a 17 to nothing run with 11 straight points as Villanova put the game out of reach. Hart hit three shots from 3-point range to go along with a lay-up as the Wildcats turned a close game into a blowout in a matter of minutes. Dylan Ennis capped off the huge run with a pair of threes of his own for the 35-16 lead.
Marquette didn’t get closer than 15 the rest of the way as Villanova shot themselves into the Big East tournament record books tying the mark of most 3-pointers made in a game with 17. In fact, the 17 triples by the Wildcats were just one less shot than the Golden Eagles made from the floor. The Wildcats finished the day shooting 30-for-57 from the field (52.6 percent), including 17-for-29 from 3-point land (58.6 percent) while Marquette was 18-for-46 from the floor (39.1 percent), including 5-for-18 from distance (27.8 percent).
Hart paced the Villanova offense with 20 points on 7-for-10 shooting , including 5-for-7 from beyond the arc to go along with three rebounds, three assists and two steals off the bench. Darrun Hilliard II and Ennis also had solid showings in the win. Hilliard finished with 13 points, eight assists, three rebounds and two steals while Ennis totaled 12 points on 3-for-6 shooting from long-range with four rebounds and two assists.
Derrick Wilson led the way for Marquette with 11 points on 50 percent shooting from the floor with nine assists, six rebounds and two steals, but also had nine turnovers in 36 minutes of action. Luke Fischer added 10 points on 4-for-5 shooting from the field while Steve Taylor Jr. chipped in with six points and six rebounds off the bench.
Matt Carlino had one of his worst shooting days of the season in his last game in a Marquette uniform. He finished with five points on 2-for-11 shooting from the field, including 1-for-8 from beyond the arc with six rebounds in 38 minutes. Both of his baskets came in the second half on a pair of jumpers, including his only 3-pointer of the day on an assist from Fischer.
On the year, Carlino averaged 15 points on 41.9 percent shooting from beyond the 3-point arc and 82.1 percent from the free-throw line to go along with 3.7 rebounds, 3.1 assists and 1.4 steals in 33 minutes a game for the 13-19 Golden Eagles. He earned All-Big East second team honors for his outstanding play.