Overall it was a surprising performance from Butler on the offensive end with two of their star players on the bench.
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.
Khyle Marshall scored just 4 points on 2/7 shooting in 22 minutes of action.
Andrew Chrabascz played well off the bench in the absence of Marshall. The freshman scored 7 points (3/3 FG) and had 3 rebounds.
Butler shot 23/58 (39.7%) including 10/28 (35.7%) from three-point range.
Elijah Brown carried the Butler offense throughout the first half scoring 13 of his career-high 19 points. The 19 points were the most by a freshman at Butler since 2009 when Gordon Hayward scored 27 against Davidson.
Kameron Woods had another solid game with 6 points and 7 rebounds.
Junior Alex Barlow struggled with his shot (2/10 FG) finishing with 6 points, but had 9 rebounds, 5 assists, and 3 steals
Erik Fromm had a solid game against Villanova with 9 points connecting on 2/3 three point field goals.
Butler was able to contain Villanova from the perimeter for much of the game. Villanova shot 26/52 (50%) including 5/16 (31.2%) from three point range.
Jayvaughn Pinkston led the Wildcats with 22 points (8/16 FG) and was difficult for Butler to contain all game.
The Bulldogs were outscored 42-20 in the paint by Villanova.
With Marshall and Dunham out for most of the first half with foul trouble, the Bulldogs stayed even with the Wildcats. It was an impressive effort, but we can only imagine what would have been if Butler was at full strength.
Solid performance on defense for much of the game, despite the struggles to stop Pinkston in the post.
It was a good learning experience for Butler freshman Elijah Brown and Andrew Chrabascz as they saw quality minutes.
Butler needs to pullout a few of these close games, especially at home, in order to compete for a top half finish in the Big East.