Jermaine Samuels was 4-12 from 3 during his previous 15 games of Big East action heading into Villanova’s mid-week matchup with #10 Marquette. He had scored 26 points in his previous 11 conference games. By the end of the night, Samuels would officially have 29 points and go 5-13 from 3...for the game!
Samuels' outburst came at the perfect time for Jay Wright’s crew, who entered the matchup on a 3-game losing streak and had dropped out of the top-25 for the first time since the end of November. Senior leaders Eric Paschall and Phil Booth were visibly exhausted from carrying ‘Nova all season long and it was reflected in the box score. The two combined to score 21 points, while shooting just 5-27 from the floor and 1-11 from 3.
Villanova was able to overcome the rare off-nights from their dependable veteran duo by riding Samuels’ career-high 29 points (10-19 FG/5-13 3pt/4-9 FT) and 9 rebounds all the way to a 67-61 win over the top-10 Golden Eagles. Samuels even outscored the Big East’s leading scorer, as Markus Howard (25.2 pts per game) was held to 25 points and forced into 7 turnovers.
Samuels joined Andy Katz for an extensive interview after the game, allowing his calm off-court demeanor and polished media skills to shine through....
Villanova (21-8 overall/12-4 Big East) finishes their regular season with back-to-back Saturday games, with a home game against Butler this weekend and a short trip up north to face Seton Hall next weekend.