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NCAA Game Summary - Butler at Villanova



(Wednesday, February 26th)

Final Score: (8) Villanova 67, Butler 48

Villanova, PA (SportsNetwork.com) - James Bell and Darrun Hilliard both scored 11 points and No. 8 Villanova eased past Butler 67-48 on Wednesday to earn a share of the Big East lead.

Ryan Arcidiacono added nine points for the Wildcats (25-3, 13-2 Big East), who have won three straight since their second loss of the season to co-conference leader Creighton by 21 points on Feb. 16.

Bell, Tony Chennault and Nick McMahon were honored on Senior Night in Villanova's final on-campus game of the season.

Kellen Dunham had 12 points and Khyle Marshall scored 10 to lead Butler (12-16, 2-14).

The Bulldogs remained mired in their longest losing streak since the 1989-90 season, now seven games.

They forced overtime at home against Villanova in their first Big East game on Dec. 31, but lost.

This one wasn't that close, though neither team shot the lights out.

"They made it very difficult for us to get open looks all night," said Butler coach Brandon Miller. "I give a lot of credit to their defense and how hard they played but we didn't have it tonight."

Villanova was 7-of-29 from 3-point range (24.1 percent) and shot 39.7 percent overall. Both numbers were better than Butler's.

"I know that wasn't pretty, but we liked it," said Wildcats coach Jay Wright. "Butler is a tough, scrappy team that just isn't going to let you play pretty. You've got to find a way to grind against them, and I thought we did.

"We didn't find a way to get shots but I thought our defense was really strong and I liked how hard we played. I'll take that."

Villanova took a 12-point lead with an 11-2 run capped by Bell's 3-pointer to make it 25-13 with 3 1/2 minutes remaining in the first half. The Wildcats led 34-20 at halftime.

Butler was never within single digits after the Wildcats run but trimmed the lead to 11 twice early in the second half. The second time, Villanova replied by scoring 21 of the next 24 points.

Game Notes

Butler lost 11 straight in 1989-90 ... Villanova has three games left in the regular season, starting with Marquette on Sunday in Philadelphia ... Butler's two remaining games are at DePaul on March 6 and at home vs. Seton Hall two days later.

02/27 00:07:52 ET

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Scoreboard
Local
Final
STJ 68
DUKE 77
Final
NCSU 78
ND 81
Final
CHI 84
MIA 96
Final
CLE 108
OKC 98
Final
NOP 109
DAL 106
Final
ORL 99
IND 106
Final
PHO 100
LAC 120
Final
ATL 112
MIN 100
Final
TOR 114
DET 110
 
Final
SAN 101
MIL 95
 
3rd
GSW 61
BOS 52
 
3rd
DEN 68
WAS 61
 
9:30pm Tonight
LAL
HOU
Final
UCONN 66
SFLA 53
Final
GT 62
BC 64
Final
VT 47
UVA 50
Final
OSU 82
IND 70
Final
UCF 46
CIN 56
Final
WICHS 74
DRAK 40
Final
STJ 68
DUKE 77
Final
MAR 73
FAIR 67
 
Final
HART 61
MAINE 70
 
Final
MAN 71
MON 64
 
Final
PRIN 96
ROWAN 48
 
Final
SIENA 55
PETE 69
 
Final
RIU 53
BONA 48
Final
BING 54
USB 61
 
Final
MLOWELL 50
VERM 61
 
Final
BUT 77
SHU 57
Final
SALA 55
YALE 72
 
Final
PITT 68
LOU 80
Final
ILLST 53
NIOWA 54
Final
GTDNS 69
UMBC 55
 
Final
IONA 87
NIAG 64
 
Final
TENST 55
BEL 63
 
Final
NCSU 78
ND 81
Final
VILL 71
CREI 50
 
2nd
MD 52
NW 63
 
Half
UTAH 37
WASH 30
 
Final
TEAMFOLI 12
TEAMTOEWS 17
2nd
CARTER 20
IRVIN 19