After committing a crucial foul at the end of regulation, Ryan Arcidiacono was too much for Marquette in overtime, as Villanova handed the Golden Eagles a tough-to-swallow 94-85 loss Saturday.
Arcidiacono scored six points in the extra period after fouling Todd Mayo on a 3-pointer with four seconds left in regulation. Mayo hit all three free throws and sent the game to an extra frame.
Villanova outscored Marquette 17-8 in the extra session, however, and bounced back from an embarrassing loss to Creighton on Monday.
The third straight overtime game was too much for Marquette, which lost its first conference home game since 2011.
The Golden Eagles outscored Villanova 54-30 in the paint and 28-7 in bench points.
Villanova countered by making 10 of 28 3-pointers, including four from Darrun Hilliard.
Marquette cut the lead to 47-46 on a Mayo layup before Villanova answered with a 5-0 run of its own on a Daniel Ochefu dunk and a Arcidiacono three-pointer.
Gardner answered that with a basket and a foul to make it 52-49. But Villanova countered right back with six straight points to make it a nine-point lead with 10:24 left.
Marquette worked it back to four points on a Chris Otule layup, but a three from Bell and a dunk from JayVaughn Pinkston made it 68-57 with 4:53 to go, giving the Wildcats’ their largest lead of the game.
The Golden Eagles weren’t going to go away quietly, however. A pair of Jamil Wilson free throws were followed by a basket and a foul by Derrick Wilson to make it 68-62 with 3:25 left.
A 5-0 Marquette run made it 71-67 with 1:16 left. The teams traded free throws and baskets from there, but Villanova’s struggles at the free throw line kept it interesting. Bell missed a pair from the line and Marquette called a timeout with 27.7 seconds left down 73-69.
Mayo hit a leaning 15-footer to make it 73-71 before Arcidiacono was fouled with 21.6 left. He made both free throws, but Mayo answered with a three to make it a one-point game with 13.2 seconds left. After two more free throws from Arcidiacono, Mayo was fouled on a three and hit all of his free throws to tie it at 77 with 4.8 seconds left.
Tony Chennault then took it the length of the floor before being whistled for a charge as time expired. Steve Taylor Jr. took the hit, but replays appeared to show he was in the restricted area during the play.
Gardner led Marquette with 29 points, setting his career high.
Villanova led 38-31 at halftime on the heels of seven made three-point baskets. James Bell led the way for the Wildcats with 15 points and hit three triples.
Hilliard matched Bell’s triples in the half.
Marquette cut the lead to 30-27 after a Gardner free throw, but Villanova answered with a three from Hilliard. After an Otule layup, the Wildcats scored five straight to take a 38-29 lead.
Jamil Wilson’s layup with six seconds left cut it to seven.