NEW YORK (Ticker) -- Dwyane Wade taught Villanova's heralded freshmen a lesson.
Wade scored 17 points and Robert Jackson added 15 as 19th-ranked Marquette never trailed en route to a 73-61 victory over Villanova in the Coaches vs. Cancer Classic.
Villanova (0-1) entered with high hopes and a recruiting class rated as the best in the country, but Wade, a candidate for both national Player of the Year awards, stole the show. The junior made 8-of-17 shots, grabbed five rebounds and did not commit a turnover as the Golden Eagles cruised.
"I was pretty satidfied with my performance," Wade said. "We got the win and that's all that really matters to me."
Wade opened the scoring with a layup as Marquette (1-0) scored the game's first eight points. Travis Diener, replacing the graduated Cordell Henry at point guard, made three 3-pointers in a 12-2 run that opened a 29-17 advantage with just over six minutes left.
Diener netted 12 points and helped keep heralded Villanova freshman guard Randy Foye in check. Foye, the New Jersey high school player of the year, had 10 points in his debut. Diener and Wade controlled the tempo all game.
"They get the shots for others," Marquette coach Tom Crean said. "They have got great vision. They recognize what the defense gives for them."
The Wildcats shot just 28 percent (8-of-29) as they went into halftime trailing, 37-23. Freshman Allan Ray scored 16 points but made just 5-of-17 shots. Villanova was 3-of-26 from beyond the arc.
The plethora of outside shots was a problem for the inexperienced guards, who failed to get the ball inside. Freshman power forward Jason Fraser did not score on three shots in the first half before finishing with 13 points and 13 rebounds.
"They exposed our weaknesses," Villanova coach Jay Wright said. "We had a difficult time getting the ball inside. We had to make our shots."
Jackson had an impreessive debut for Marquette. The Milwaukee native transferred from Mississippi State to play at home and had eight rebounds in addition to his physical defense on Fraser.
The second half featured a pair of highlight-film plays by Wade. He soared from 12 feet away from the basket for a dunk that made it 42-27 with 18 minutes left. Diener then fed his partner in crime for an athletic alley-oop jam with just over eight minutes that extended the advantage to 58-40.
"We called it," Crean said of the alley oop. "(But) I didn't have anything to do with the pass or the catch. I can't teach him to dunk like that."
Andrew Sullivan scored 13 points and grabbed nine rebounds, but Villanova received little from the rest of its upper classmen. Senior Ricky Wright did not score in 17 minutes and junior Derrick Snowden fouled out with four points on 2-of-8 shooting.
The Wildcats played without leading returning scorer Gary Buchanan, who averaged more than 17 points last season but is out with a torn right knee ligament.
Villanova had 31 offensive rebounds off 51 missed shots, including eight by Fraser and seven by Sullivan.