Milwaukee, WI (SportsNetwork.com) - Darrun Hilliard II scored 17 points to lead No. 6 Villanova in an 87-76 victory over Marquette on Saturday.
Ryan Arcidiacono scored 16 points for the Wildcats (25-2, 12-2 Big East), who have won eight straight since a loss to Georgetown on Jan. 19. Dylan Ennis had 14 points, seven rebounds and six assists, while JayVaughn Pinkston gave 14 points and nine boards in the win.
JaJuan Johnson had 20 points and five assists for the Golden Eagles (11-15, 3-11), who have lost their last three games. Luke Fischer had 17 points and five boards in defeat.
Villanova trailed for the first several minutes of the game, but four straight points from Pinkston gave the team its first lead of the game.
The game stayed close for the next several minutes until the Wildcats used a 12-0 run to open a 41-27 lead after Hilliard hit a 3-pointer with just over two minutes to play in the first half.
Marquette scored the next five points to keep it close, but Villanova still took a 43-34 lead into the break.
Villanova steadily increased its lead in the second half, and a Kris Jenkins free throw gave the team a 63-46 lead seven minutes in.
The Eagles scored the next seven points, and were still down by 10 after Johnson put in a layup with just under eight minutes to play, but the Wildcats scored the next six points to put the game away.
Villanova hosts Providence on Tuesday ... Marquette plays at Butler on Wednesday ... Villanova leads the series with Marquette, 16-9 ... Villanova shots 47.1 percent and held a 39-27 rebounding advantage.