Reynolds lifts No. 13 Villanova past Marquette
VILLANOVA, Pa. (AP)—Villanova has gone 3-point happy.
Gone are the low-scoring, tight defensive struggles that had the Wildcats grinding out Big East wins. Now they’re firing—and hitting—3-pointers on almost every possession and making a hard run up the conference standings.
Scottie Reynolds hit five 3s and scored 27 points, Corey Fisher made four and scored 21 and No. 13 Villanova continued its dominant Big East run with a 102-84 win over No. 10 Marquette on Tuesday night.
“Sometimes, you’ve just got to outscore people,” coach Jay Wright said. “We don’t like that, but that’s the only way we’re going to do it tonight.”
The Wildcats (20-4, 8-3 Big East) shot a blistering 72 percent in the second half (18-for-25) and made 13 of 24 3-point attempts. Villanova had connected on only 35 percent from the beyond the arc coming in. The rest of the Big East is having a hard time keeping up.
“Every shot that went up, you thought it was going in,” Reynolds said.
The Wildcats knocked off their third Top 25 team in their six-game winning streak and won their 26th straight at the Pavilion.
Reynolds carried the Wildcats in the second half, scoring 16 points and making three timely 3-pointers that turned back short Marquette runs. The packed crowd serenaded him with chants of “Scot-tie! Scot-tie!” after every big basket.
“We’ve been taking big steps the last five weeks,” Reynolds said. “And this was just another step.”
Dante Cunningham had 15 points and Shane Clark had 16 to help the Wildcats reach the 20-win mark for the fifth straight season.
Villanova scored 100 points for the third time this season and beat Providence two games ago with 94 points. The Wildcats scored only 72 points in a loss in their first game against Marquette.
Marquette (20-4, 9-2) was unranked when it came away with a home victory against Villanova in the conference opener, a win that sparked the Golden Eagles to a 9-0 start in the Big East. Now, they’ve lost two straight on the road.
Jerel McNeal scored 23 points and set Marquette’s career scoring record, breaking George Thompson’s 40-year-old mark. McNeal entered the season 22nd on the team’s career list, and his eighth straight games of 20-plus points gives him 1,776 and a spot atop the list.
“It says a lot about Jerel and what he’s been able to accomplish,” coach Buzz Williams said. “He plays with an edge. His toughness defines him.”
No. 9 Michigan St. 54, Michigan 42
At Ann Arbor, Mich., freshman Delvon Roe scored 11 of his season-high 14 points in the first half and Kalin Lucas had 13 of his 15 points after halftime for Michigan State.
The Spartans (20-4, 10-2 Big Ten) have won three straight to open a 2 1/2 -game lead over Illinois and Ohio State, moving closer to their first conference championship since 2001.
DeShawn Sims scored 18 points for the Wolverines (15-10, 5-7).
No. 12 Clemson 87, Boston College 77
At Boston, Trevor Booker had 21 points and 13 rebounds, and Terrence Oglesby scored 18 of his 21 points in the second half to lead Clemson.
Oglesby went 6-for-10 from 3-point range, one on a four-point play with 11:54 left to put the Tigers (20-3, 6-3 Atlantic Coast Conference) ahead for good at 61-57. K.C. Rivers added 17 points as Clemson reached 20 wins for the third consecutive season—a first in school history.
Rakim Sanders scored 23 with eight rebounds for BC (18-8, 6-5), but didn’t score in the last 13:27 as the Eagles dropped to 1-4 against ranked teams.
No. 25 Florida St. 68, Virginia 57
At Tallahassee, Fla., Toney Douglas scored 19 points and matched a career high with seven assists as Florida State handed Virginia its eighth consecutive loss.
Douglas, the ACC’s leading scorer in conference competition, scored 15 points in a decisive second half—including successive 3-point shots just 25 seconds apart that gave Florida State a 40-35 lead.
The Seminoles (19-5, 6-3 Atlantic Coast Conference) shook off a woeful first-half shooting effort with a 70.8 percent performance in the second half.
Virginia (7-13, 1-8) was led by Sylven Landesberg’s 14 points.