Butler Falls at Villanova

Butler (12-16, 2-14) lost their seventh straight game, this one to #8 Villanova (25-3, 13-2), on the road, 67-48.

PHILADELPHIA (PA) - Butler (12-16, 2-14) couldn't overcome a poor shooting performance and lost their seventh straight game, this one to #8 Villanova (25-3, 13-2), on the road, 67-48.

Butler shot just 30-49 (30.6%) from the field including 4/19 (21.1%) from three, while Villanova finished 23/58 (39.7%) including 7/29 (24.1%) from three.

The win by Villanova was their ninth in their past ten games.

The Wildcats were led by Darrun Hilliard II and James Bell, who each scored 11 points. Bell finished with 7 rebounds and 3 assists, while Hilliard added 4 rebounds and 2 assists.

Bell and Hilliard weren't the only players for Villanova to get into the act, 10 players scored for the Wildcats.

Butler was led by Kellen Dunham with 12 points on 3/13 shooting (1/9 3PT). He also had 7 rebounds.

Khyle Marshall added 10 points, while freshman Elijah Brown had 8 points in 21 minutes off of the bench.

With the poor shooting performance, Butler needed to make up for it in other areas and could not. Butler turned the ball over 10 times, while Villanova finished with just 7 turnovers. They also out-rebounded the Bulldogs 42-35.

The game started off extremely sloppy and slow for both teams. There were times when each team was shooting below 20% nearly midway through the 1st half. With 8 minutes left in the opening half, Villanova led 10-9.

Villanova slowly pulled away to finish the 1st half. The Wildcats outscored the Bulldogs 24-11 in the final 8 minutes and led 34-20 at the break.

The lead only ballooned for Villanova over the next half and then the Wildcats put went into cruise control.

Butler cut the lead to 39-28, but Villanova pulled away with a 21-3 run and extended their lead to 60-31.

NOTES: Kameron Woods finished with 6 points and 6 rebounds in 34 minutes...Alex Barlow scored 3 points, grabbed 5 rebounds, and had 3 assists in 36 minutes...Butler scored 16 points from the bench , but was outscored by the Villanova bench who had 35 points...Each team connected on 14 free throws (Butler 14/21, Villanova 14/23)...Attendance 6,500.

It was over when... Villanova capped off a 21-3 run in the middle of the 2nd half to grab a 60-31 lead.

Stat of the Game: 43.3% - Villanova shot this percentage in the 2nd half. The Wildcats finished 13/30, while Butler shot 9/26 (34.6%).


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