Instant Replay: No. 1 Villanova 93, Marquette 81

Instant Replay: No. 1 Villanova 93, Marquette 81


Villanova responded to its first loss of the season just about perfectly.

Three days after their program-record 20-game win streak was snapped at Butler, the No. 1 Wildcats cruised to a 93-81 win over Marquette in front of 16,891 fans at the Wells Fargo Center on Saturday night.

Kris Jenkins led the way with a season-high 23 points for Villanova (15-1 overall, 3-1 Big East), which shot a blistering 65 percent from the field and 61 percent from three-point range. The Wildcats were shooting over 80 percent in the second half late in the game before head coach Jay Wright went to his bench and the Golden Eagles made the final score look closer than it was.

Markus Howard led Marquette (10-5, 1-2) with 21 points.

Leading by 11 at halftime, Villanova opened the second half with 11 straight points, including three straight three-pointers, to turn the game into a rout.

Big men on campus
Jenkins, who shot 7 for 11 from the field and 6 for 9 from three-point range, was joined by three other ’Nova players in double figures. Fellow star senior Josh Hart had 19 points and seven assists, Jalen Brunson scored 16, and Mikal Bridges finished with 15 points, shooting a perfect 4 for 4 from the field, 3 for 3 from three-point range and 4 for 4 from the foul line.

Aside from Howard, Katin Reinhardt (15 points), Sam Hauser (13 points) and Jajuan Johnson (12 points) hit double figures for Marquette.

By the numbers
• Villanova set a season high with 24 assists.

• Both teams made 15 free throws but Marquette did it on only 17 attempts while Villanova did it on 22 attempts.

• Villanova shot 18 for 26 and Marquette 12 for 32 from inside the three-point arc.

First half
Villanova came roaring out of the gate, making its first six shots and eight of its first nine en route to a 23-13 lead.

The Golden Eagles made some threes to hang around but had a rough end to the half when head coach Steve Wojciechowski erupted at the refs and was whistled for a technical foul and ’Nova scored the next six points to take a 44-33 lead into halftime.

Wojciechowski may have had good reason to be upset. Marquette didn’t get to the foul line until the final minute of the first half. But the Golden Eagles were more hurt by shooting 5 of 15 from inside the three-point arc. 

Villanova shot 65 percent in the first half and 60 percent from three-point range.

WFC Dominance
Villanova is now 14-2 at the Wells Fargo Center since the start of the 2012-13 regular season.

The Wildcats have an all-time record of 47-34 in the building, winning 37 of its last 56 games. Saturday’s game was their first of four there this season.

Up next
Villanova has another tough home test, taking on Xavier at the Pavilion on Tuesday night.

Marquette hosts Seton Hall the same night.

Michael Vick facing growing outcry against planned induction into Virginia Tech HOF

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Michael Vick facing growing outcry against planned induction into Virginia Tech HOF

BLACKSBURG, Va. -- Public opposition is growing against the planned induction of former football star Michael Vick into the Virginia Tech Sports Hall of Fame.

The Roanoke Times reported Tuesday that two online petitions at had received more than 90,000 combined signatures against the September induction. The Virginia-Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine has also announced its opposition.

The university in Blacksburg has continued to defend its recent decision, noting that some believe Vick is the greatest athlete in school history.

Vick served 19 months in federal prison on 2007 dogfighting convictions. He was a top contender for the 1999 Heisman Trophy after leading the Hokies through an undefeated regular season and to a spot in the national championship game. He went on to play professionally for the Atlanta Falcons and Philadelphia Eagles.

Doug Overton pleads guilty to disorderly conduct in indecent exposure case

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Doug Overton pleads guilty to disorderly conduct in indecent exposure case

Former 76er and La Salle basketball star Doug Overton pleaded guilty to three counts of disorderly conduct Wednesday, stemming from an April 30 incident on the Cynwyd Heritage Trail.

Overton, 47, was arrested for exposing himself to both men and women while on the trail in Bala Cynwyd, Pennsylvania, on April 30, per the police.

Overton, the head basketball coach at Divison II Lincoln University, was sentenced to one year of probation and ordered to participate in a psycho-sexual evaluation.

As part of a plea deal, three counts of indecent exposure were dropped. 

“He admitted on the record that his behavior was offensive and obscene, it was obscene behavior and that other people that were there in the park that day enjoying a public area with their families, that they observed that and it was offensive and obscene to them,” Assistant District Attorney Brianna Ringwood told the Main Line Times. “He admitted to engaging in behavior that was obscene and offensive.”

The Big 5 Hall of Famer played 11 NBA seasons, including parts of three with the Sixers.