With three seconds left before halftime, Villanova Wildcats guard Darrun Hilliard gave the team an 11 point lead over the visiting Marquette Golden Eagles. The team never looked back. Once the final horn sounded, the Wildcats collected a 73-56 victory over the Eagles and first place in the Big East.
After the game, Wildcats coach Jay Wright spoke about the victory.
On senior guard Tony Chennault:
“I thought the player of the first half was Tony Chennault. The last play of the half, Tony Chennault executed perfectly and got Darrun Hilliard a 3. I thought that was big, to your point guard come off the bench and make that play.”
On being first place in the Big East:
“It’s good right now; it’s good for today. We’ll take it. But it doesn’t matter until the end of the season. I know it’s a cliché, but it’s true. It doesn’t matter who’s in first place until the last game.”
On Villanova’s last play of the first half:
“I thought that series was important for us because we were struggling a little bit and they were coming back. We had played great, but they were coming back. They were going to get the last shot, but we got the last shot. I thought it was good for us. To be able to execute was great for us. To get it down to the end and we don’t have our starting point guard in there. Tony got it in perfect time and dragged the screen and made the perfect pass.”