NCAAB Game Recap - Villanova at Butler
Wed Feb 5, 2020 6:30 PM EST

Wake
76
Lou
86
F
Vill
76
Butl
79
F
Seton
78
GTown
71
F
IaSt
61
WVU
76
F
Iowa
68
Purd
104
F
LSU
90
Vand
99
F
Crei
56
Prov
73
F
LoyIL
39
IndSt
68
F
Pitt
72
ND
80
F
Mercer
57
Furm
79
F
Clem
44
UVA
51
F
Duques
82
StLou
68
F
SCar
70
Miss
84
F
SIU
64
Evans
60
F(OT)
Bingha
49
Albany
62
F
W IL
69
IPFW
75
F
Woff
79
VMI
73
F
Maine
52
Vermt
77
F
ETSU
80
Chat
64
F
UMassL
70
Stony
77
F
GrgWas
47
StBon
72
F
Citad
68
UNCG
88
F
Amer
62
Navy
54
F
Hartfo
59
UMBC
70
F
Colg
81
Leh
51
F
FlAtl
50
FlInt
69
F
UGA
75
Fla
81
F
Boston
80
Army
66
F
LoyMD
74
HolyC
60
F
Nich
64
SFA
70
F
WCU
78
Samf
70
F
AbCh
69
NWSt
73
F
Temp
65
Mem
79
F
TCU
57
OkSt
72
F
SamH
71
InWor
72
F(OT)
NDSt
86
NebOm
78
F
McNee
62
TXAMC
69
F
NrthIA
63
Valpa
51
F
IlSt
60
MOSt
80
F
HBU
79
SeLA
76
F
CenAR
67
Lamar
74
F
NCSU
83
Mia-FL
72
F
Wisc
52
Minn
70
F
Brad
60
Drake
73
F
UCRiv
48
CS-Ful
61
F
LongB
75
CAPoly
92
F
UNLV
54
UtSt
69
F

Butler 79, Villanova 76

Feb 5, 2020, 6:30 PM EST

Final

1

2

T

(10) Villanova (17-5)

38

38

76

(19) Butler (18-5)

42

37

79

Baldwin gives No. 19 Butler 79-76 win over No. 10 Villanova
Wed Feb 5, 2020 10:43 PM

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) Butler guard Kamar Baldwin ignored the anxious fans, the tie score and the running clock Wednesday night.

Instead, he just kept dribbling calmly, confident he would make the right play.

So when he caught Collin Gillespie leaning to cut off an expected drive, Baldwin hopped outside and knocked down a buzzer-beating 3-pointer to give No. 19 Butler a 79-76 victory over No. 10 Villanova.

"He gave me space, so I took it," Baldwin said. "When I drove it, he kind of backed up so I just went to my stepback."

Baldwin, who was 5 of 15 from the field, claimed he knew it was good as soon as the ball left his hand.

Coach LaVall Jordan was counting on it after opting not to call a timeout when the Wildcats tied the score on Saddiq Bey's 3 with 24 seconds to go.

So, with Baldwin in control of the ball, Jordan let it play out and his top scorer timed the play so perfectly the referees needed a replay review to confirm the shot got off in time and to make sure Villanova wouldn't get the ball back.

Baldwin finished with 17 points, eight rebounds, three 3-pointers and only one turnover in a little less than 38 minutes on a night the game was delayed for about 15 minutes when water started dripping from the Hinkle Fieldhouse roof.

Butler (18-5, 6-4 Big East) snapped a five-game losing streak in the series.

"That's tough," Gillespie said after scoring 28 points. "I was just trying to get back and he hit a tough shot at the end."

Baldwin's final shot ruined Villanova's final flurry. The Wildcats (17-5, 7-3) trailed by 10 with less than six minutes to play, but slowly and steadily cut into Butler's lead.

Bey's fourth 3 with 58 seconds left made it 74-73.

Sean McDermott, who had 21 points, drew a foul on Butler's next possession and made both free throws. Then, Bey scored the last of his 29 points to tie it at 76.

From there, the ball went to Baldwin, who only let it go when he took the shot.

"It's great, not for me personally but all the energy and all the hard work we put in out there," Baldwin said. "To celebrate afterward is great."

Bryce Golden added a career high 18 for Butler.

BIG PICTURE

Villanova: The Wildcats defense is not playing well and it has led to them losing consecutive games for the first time this season. After giving up 76 points in Saturday's loss to Creighton, their highest point total since Nov. 24, they allowed Butler to do it again. Villanova certainly packs some scoring punch, but it could be a short postseason if the defense doesn't play better than it did against the Bulldogs.

Butler: Aaron Thompson's return from an injured left wrist certainly made a difference. He scored nine points, managed to get Butler's offense back in sync. The bigger contribution may have come on defense, where his presence solidified the rotation. Butler is clearly a better team with Thompson on the court.

BIG SPLASH

The leak forced a stoppage with 13:02 left in the first half.

Butler sent two maintenance workers up to the catwalk, trying to find a solution that would allow play to resume. They found that the water was coming from a beam, dried the area and moved a bucket they found to prevent any more water from raining down.

"We always talk about the importance of being an unbelievable teammate," Jordan said. "The guy up top holding the bucket was an unbelievable teammate."

STAT PACK

Villanova: Jeremiah Robinson-Earl had nine points and four rebounds. ... The Wildcats were outscored 42-28 in the paint. ... Gillespie has scored in double figures 20 times this season. .. The Wildcats allowed 42 points in the first half, their second-highest total this season and their second straight half with more than 40. ... The Wildcats are now 3-3 this season against opponents in the AP Top 25.

Butler: McDermott had eight rebounds while Golden had five. ... Bryce Nze added 12 points and five rebounds. ... The Bulldogs had their highest scoring first half since a 44-point effort against Wofford on Nov. 16. ... Butler finished 6 of 13 from beyond the arc after making just one 3-pointer in Saturday's loss, their lowest total since December 2014. ... Baldwin passed A.J. Graves for sixth on the school's career scoring list and now has 1,821 points.

UP NEXT

Villanova: Hosts No. 12 Seton Hall on Saturday, seeking an 18th consecutive home win in the series.

Butler: Hits the road Sunday to take on Marquette.

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Leaders

Villanova PTS +/- AST REB ST BLK
C. Swider 0 0 0 0 0 0
B. Slater 0 0 0 0 0 0
Butler PTS +/- AST REB ST BLK
D. Smits 0 0 0 1 0 0
H. Baddley 0 0 0 0 0 0

Team Comparison

Vill Butl
Points For 76 79
Field Goals 26/55-47% 30/52-58%
Three Pointers 9/17-53% 6/13-46%
Free Throws 15/21-71% 13/17-76%
Offensive Rebounds 7 5
Defensive Rebounds 18 26
Rebounds 26 33
Blocks 2 2
Steals 2 0
Turnovers 3 6
Personal Fouls 19 19
Technical Fouls 0 0
Ejections 0 0

2019-2020 Regular Season - Series Tied 1-1

Date Result Away Pts Ldr Home Pts Ldr
Tue Jan 21 Butl 61 @ Vill 76 S. McDermott 2 D. Cosby-Roundtree 2
Wed Feb 5 Vill 76 @ Butl 79 J. Samuels 2 J. Tucker 2

Game Information

Stadium: Hinkle Fieldhouse, Indianapolis, Indiana
Attendance: 8,814
Game Time: