Bradley Center

Brunson, No. 1 Villanova hold on, beat Marquette 85-82

Called on to start, Donte DiVincenzo supplied Villanova with a lift from the opening tip and never let up.

The top-ranked Wildcats avoided another upset in Milwaukee by surviving an injury scare to preseason All-American Jalen Brunson and getting key contributions from DiVincenzo in place of sidelined guard Phil Booth.

Brunson scored 31 points despite leaving briefly with an ankle injury, while DiVincenzo added 23 and a key bucket late in an 85-82 win Sunday over Marquette.

The Wildcats (20-1, 7-1 Big East) turned away surge after surge from Marquette (13-8, 4-5) in front of a rowdy crowd at the Bradley Center.

It was a year ago that Marquette upset a...