Nova Tops Marquette 76-75
NEW YORK (AP) -- Dwayne Anderson's last-second layup fell in as the buzzer sounded -- his only field goal of the game -- to give No. 10 Villanova a 76-75 victory over No. 1 Marquette on Thursday in the quarterfinals of the Big East tournament.
The fourth-seeded Wildcats (26-6) led by as many as 17 points in the first half, but Marquette took its first lead since the game's early minutes on a 3-pointer by Lazar Hayward that made it 75-74 with 1:40 to play.
Both teams had two empty possessions after that with Jerel McNeal of the Golden Eagles (24-9) missing on a drive with 14 seconds to play.
Villanova's Reggie Redding dribbled the ball near the top of the key and finally began a move toward the basket with just a couple of seconds left. He found Anderson on the left side of the lane and his layup seemed to sit on the rim for a while before falling through.
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