Marquette falls short of upsetting No. 1 Villanova again

MILWAUKEE (WSAW) -- Marquette rained in 11 3's and even went on 19-7 run to end the half, but it was not meant to be as the Golden Eagles fall to the number one team in the nation 85-82.

“Very disappointed in the loss,” said Marquette head coach Steve Wojciechowski. “Obviously, great respect for Villanova, but I thought our guys gave a winning effort even though we didn’t win, and so that’s a positive thing that we need to build off of. That’s something that didn’t happen the game before.”

“I thought in the first half, we just couldn’t stop anything,” said Villanova head coach Jay Wright. “Second half we stopped a little bit, and that was the difference. We just got a couple extra stops in the second half but not a lot, and they’re a really really good team.”

Villanova would call on it’s star player to save the day. Guard Jalen Brunson finished with 31 points and almost seemed impossible to stop.

“He’s just very fundamentally disciplined,” said Marquette guard Andrew Rowsey. “He just doesn’t do anything to hurt himself or his team, and that’s where he separates himself.”

But, Rowsey kept his team within striking distance.

“It wasn’t really I was trying to take over or anything like that,” said Rowsey. “I was just trying to get other people involved.”

“His high percentage of making threes really gets in your head,” said Wright. “It gets in your head as a defender, and your just so afraid of it, that you see him start to raise it up, and he’s got great technique on his shot fake. You see him start to raise up, and you just go.”

Rowsey would drop 29 points, but it wouldn’t be enough to get his team the win. They will get a chance for revenge against Butler here at the Bradley Center on Wednesday.