Feb. 19, 2007
MILWAUKEE (AP) - Freshman Lazar Hayward scored a career-high 18 points to lead No. 12 Marquette to an 80-67 victory over Villanova on Monday night.
Hayward, who entered the game averaging six points per game, had 13 in the first half before fouling out late in the second.
Dominic James added 18 points and Wesley Matthews had 16 points for the Golden Eagles (22-7, 9-5 Big East), who snapped a three-game losing streak. Marquette made all 16 of its free throws in the final 5:58 of the game. Matthews was 12-for-12 from the free throw line.
Mike Nardi made two free throws to cut Marquette's lead to 70-64 with 2:24 remaining, but Villanova scored just three points, all on free throws, the rest of the way.
The Wildcats missed three straight 3-pointers and Marquette made all 11 of its free throws in the final 1:29.
James' 3-pointer with 4:51 left capped a 9-1 run and gave Marquette a 64-52 lead.
Villanova cut the deficit to 66-59 on a 3-pointer by Nardi with 3:52 remaining. It was the first field goal in 5:59 for the Wildcats, who were 10-for-11 from the free-throw line during the drought.
Hayward's jumper with 10:12 remaining capped a 12-3 run that gave Marquette a 53-44 lead.
In the first half, Reynolds scored 12 of Villanova's 14 points during one stretch, as his 3-pointer gave his team a 26-17 lead with 9:25 left.
But Marquette, playing Villanova in Milwaukee for the first time since Dec. 10, 1967, managed to force a 33-33 halftime score.