Darrun Hilliard scored 22 points and Ryan Arcidiacono and JayVaughn Pinkston both scored 11 to lead Villanova to a 60-56 victory over No. 17 Marquette on Saturday night.
The Wildcats (18-10, 9-6 Big East) beat their third Top 25 conference team this season. They also beat Louisville and Syracuse to help bolster their bid to earn an NCAA tournament bid. The Wildcats are coming off a 19-loss season and missed the tournament for the first time since 2004.
Hilliard scored 14 of his 22 points in the second half to spark the Wildcats.
Junior Cadougan led Marquette (19-7, 10-4) with 12 points. He was the only player in double figures.
The Wildcats shot 57 percent in the second half to help them pull away.