Villanova kept the Bulldogs in the game with turnovers and missed shots down the stretch in overtime.
Sophomore Kellen Dunham, who was hampered by foul trouble in the first half, scored 22 points (7/18 FG, 3/11 3PT) including 18 points in the 2nd half and overtime.
Dunham had a chance to win the game for Butler in overtime, but missed a corner three and Villanova connected on free throws to salt the game away.
Jayvaughn Pinkston led the Wildcats with 22 points (8/16 FG) and was difficult for Butler to contain all game.
The rest of the Wildcats had success inside against Butler as well. The Bulldogs were outscored 42-20 in the paint by Villanova.
One of the reasons Butler struggled to contain the paint was foul trouble for senior forward Khyle Marshall. Marshall picked up two early fouls and played just 22 minutes finishing with 4 points (2/7 FG) and 3 rebounds. The absence of Marshall caused assignments to be altered and took Butler out of its game plan.
Andrew Chrabascz played well off the bench in the absence of Marshall. The freshman scored 7 points (3/3 FG) and had 3 rebounds.
Villanova and Butler traded blows early as the Wildcats were visiting Hinkle Fieldhouse for the first time.
The Wildcats jumped out to an 11-7 lead, but Butler was up to the challenge despite Marshall and Dunham picking up two fouls and seeing limited action.
Freshman Elijah Brown led the charge.
Brown carried the Butler offense throughout the first half scoring 13 of his career-high 19 points and Butler trailed 35-34.
It was the most impressive game of Brown's career and he stuffed the stat sheet. He finished with 5 rebounds, 3 steals, and 3 assists.
In the 2nd half both teams had a chance to grab control of the game. Villanova jumped out of the locker room and used a quick 8-0 run to grab the 43-34 lead.
Butler kept chipping away at the lead, mainly through the three. The Bulldogs connected on three straight from Fromm, Dunham and Brown. The lead was cut to 47-45.
Villanova responded with three 3s of their own and Villanova had another lead at 60-53.
Butler finished 10/28 (35.7%) from beyond the arc, while Villanova was 5/16 (31.2%).
Butler came back once again culminating in Dunham tying the game at 66-66 with a fade away jumper with 22 seconds left.
Pinkston missed a layup on the other end and the game was headed to overtime.
Butler has now lost three games this season by a combined 7 points.
NOTES: Kameron Woods had another solid game with 6 points and 7 rebounds. He did struggle to hold onto the ball with 5 turnovers...Erik Fromm had 9 points including 2/3 3PT...Junior Alex Barlow struggled with his shot (2/10 FG) finishing with 6 points, but had 9 rebounds, 5 assists, and 3 steals...Butler out-rebounded Villanova 34-31...Butler falls to 10-3 under first year head coach Brandon MIller...Attendance was 9,318.
It was over when...Kellen Dunham missed a three from the corner in overtime. Villanova rebounded and Pinkston connected on two free throws.
Stat of the Game - 21. The number of fouls for Butler. The foul trouble early caused the Bulldogs to play without Khyle Marshall and Kellen Dunham for much of the first half and didn't allow the Bulldogs to grab a lead heading into the 2nd half.