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Villanova Vs. Marquette Final Score: Wildcats Lose 82-78

Villanova had a golden opportunity – no pun intended – to put an impressive win on their resume when they led the 18th ranked Marquette Golden Eagles by as many as 16 points in the first half and took a 10 point lead into the locker room. Coming in, the Golden Eagles had won five consecutive games and established themselves as one of the premier teams in the Big East Conference.

Ultimately, Villanova was unable to hang on to a double digit lead on their home floor, surrendering 46 second half points to the Golden Eagles en route to a four point loss. The Wildcats had five players score in double figures in their losing effort.

This is the second straight loss for the Wildcats. Their next game isn't until next Sunday, February 5, when they travel to Pittsburgh to face the Panthers.

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