Big East Basketball

Providence vs. Villanova: Live Score, Highlights and Reaction

Jan 6, 2016; Villanova, PA, USA; Villanova Wildcats guard Josh Hart (3) shoots the ball over Seton Hall Pirates guard Isaiah Whitehead (15) and guard Derrick Gordon (32) during the second half at The Pavilion. The Wildcats won 72-63. Mandatory Credit: Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports
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Joe TanseyFeatured ColumnistJanuary 24, 2016

Providence 82, Villanova 76 (Final/Overtime) 

The No. 16 Providence Friars (17-3, 5-2 Big East) ended the No. 4 Villanova Wildcats' (17-3, 7-1) 22-game Big East winning streak with an overtime victory at the Wells Fargo Center on Sunday. 

Providence benefited from Ben Bentil's massive day in the paint and a few big plays from Kris Dunn to separate itself from the top team in the Big East down the stretch. 

After a slow start, the game came to life in the second half as the two sides remained with two points of each other for the final nine minutes. 

The final 72 seconds of regulation featured a pair of clutch shots by each team's leader. Dunn hit a triple with 1:12 to go to put the Friars ahead, but the lead would only last for 64 seconds. With eight seconds remaining, Ryan Arcidiacono drilled a game-tying three-pointer to send the game to overtime. 

Villanova went ahead in the first minute of overtime by way of a Kris Jenkins shot from beyond the arc, but the Wildcats failed to pull away despite extra shots on two possessions. 

Despite Dunn fouling out with 16 seconds to go, the Friars were able to close out the game from the free-throw line. Bentil lead the Friars with 31 points and 12 rebounds, while Dunn tied a career high with 14 assists to go along with his 13 points. 

Arcidiacono led the Wildcats with 19 points. The guard was one of four Villanova players in double digits. 


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