NCAAB Game Recap - Villanova at Xavier
Sat Feb 22, 2020 2:30 PM EST

Kansas
64
Baylor
61
F
Gonz
78
BYU
91
F
UNLV
66
SDSU
63
F
Duques
70
Dayt
80
F
VaTec
64
Duke
88
F
FlaSt
67
NCSU
61
F
Fla
59
KY
65
F
UNC
55
Lou
72
F
Vill
64
Xav
55
F
Tenn
66
Aub
73
F
Oreg
73
Ariz
72
F(OT)
WVU
60
TCU
67
F(OT)
UCLA
70
Colora
63
F
Marq
72
Prov
84
F
Hou
59
Mem
60
F
Tul
75
UCF
74
F
UVA
59
Pitt
56
F
Woff
66
Furm
67
F
MidTN
61
SoMis
53
F
Mizzu
68
Ark
78
F
Hamp
87
Winth
81
F
UNCG
71
VMI
68
F
E MI
55
Ball
64
F
CBap
95
ChiSt
53
F
Navy
75
Army
86
F(OT)
Tex
70
KansSt
59
F
NoKY
61
YSU
59
F
Toled
68
W MI
59
F
Elon
71
Tows
84
F
Mich
71
Purd
63
F
NE
77
Drex
68
F
SthAL
74
CoCar
71
F
ETSU
80
Samf
74
F
SMU
57
Tuls
79
F
Murr
59
SIU-E
58
F
NebOm
93
W IL
86
F
GaSo
81
TexAr
61
F
WriSt
81
Clev
74
F(OT)
MisSt
75
TexAM
87
F
LoyIL
62
MOSt
74
F
ULLa
77
ULMo
83
F
TNSt
63
MorSt
66
F
LaTec
73
N TX
71
F
SCSt
65
BethC
69
F(OT)
GaTec
72
Syr
79
F
Okla
66
OkSt
83
F
LaSal
72
GrgWas
62
F
Troy
59
App
68
F
GrCan
80
UtVal
92
F
SJSU
71
ColSt
78
F
Wyo
78
AF
72
F
Hartfo
75
Bingha
74
F
FlGlf
55
NJIT
39
F
W&M
78
JMU
74
F
UMass
57
Ford
49
F
Hof
78
Del
62
F
MiaO
65
Akr
75
F
IUPUI
72
IL-C
77
F
MD-ES
55
NCC
74
F
Norf
63
FlaAM
66
F
DelSt
86
Copp
98
F
StJos
55
GMas
62
F
CenMI
81
NIU
82
F(OT)
NOrl
82
McNee
77
F
Drake
53
IlSt
57
F
Mercer
85
Chat
80
F
USC-Up
60
Radf
81
F
Presb
64
UNCA
75
F
Ohio
61
BGSU
62
F
Nich
65
CenAR
84
F
How
67
NCAT
71
F
APSU
80
E IL
83
F(OT)
Lipsco
74
NFla
82
F
ArkLR
81
ArkSt
78
F
Sac
67
Ida
56
F
GASt
76
TxSt
86
F
AbCh
75
SeLA
69
F
TN-M
58
JacSt
72
F
Campbl
61
GWebb
73
F
Stetsn
49
Lib
77
F
NoAZ
70
E WA
80
F
SFA
80
InWor
56
F
URI
75
David
77
F(OT)
SEMO
62
TNTec
71
F
TXAMC
62
Lamar
79
F
TXSo
94
MsVl
92
F
KennSt
55
Jacksn
69
F
TxTch
87
IaSt
57
F
Cal
52
Wash
87
F
Pepp
61
USF
63
F(OT)
UGA
80
Vand
78
F
LSU
86
SCar
80
F
Brown
45
Corn
63
F
Clem
82
BC
64
F
JackSt
61
Gram
63
F
HBU
73
SamH
77
F
Rich
71
StBon
75
F
South
56
AlSt
44
F
Charl
72
W Ky
70
F
Rice
62
UTEP
68
F
OlDom
66
Marsh
74
F
UAB
58
FlAtl
65
F
HI
60
LongB
64
F
HiPt
54
Longw
57
F
UNH
68
Albany
56
F
UMBC
66
Vermt
64
F
Maine
46
Stony
54
F
Charl
55
UNCW
68
F
Penn
65
Harv
69
F
Belm
83
E KY
70
F
Princ
65
Dart
62
F
Yale
83
Colum
65
F
Alc
61
AlaAM
71
F
Citad
84
WCU
96
F
USD
63
StMar
92
F
OrSt
73
AzSt
74
F
NDSt
68
N DA
71
F
Brad
78
Valpa
90
F
Alab
103
Miss
78
F
PVAM
69
ArkPB
61
F
GTown
68
DeP
74
F
S UT
71
Web
82
F
TexPA
62
NMSt
78
F
Mont
59
MTSt
54
F
N CO
85
IdaSt
72
F
UCRiv
61
CAPoly
49
F
CSBak
54
Seatt
69
F
UCDav
56
UCSB
70
F
LoyMa
66
Portl
58
F
SCla
74
Pacif
87
F
UCIrv
87
CSNor
64
F
Fres
76
Nev
78
F

Villanova 64, Xavier 55

Feb 22, 2020, 2:30 PM EST

Final

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2

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(12) Villanova (21-6)

30

34

64

Xavier (17-10)

21

34

55

No. 12 Villanova beats Xavier 64-55 for 4th straight win
Sat Feb 22, 2020 5:38 PM

CINCINNATI (AP) The 3-point shot dried up, forcing No. 12 Villanova to find a different way to keep its late-February surge going. The Wildcats turned to defense to pull out another one on the road.

Saddiq Bey scored 22 points and the Wildcats showed their versatility while beating Xavier 64-55 Saturday for their fourth straight win.

The Wildcats (21-6, 10-4 Big East) recovered from a three-game losing streak by hitting a lot of outside shots that ignited a winning streak that includes victories at Temple, DePaul and Xavier.

This time, their defense carried them through. The Musketeers (17-10, 6-8) were held to a season low in points while getting swept by Villanova in their season series.

"I thought our defense was really good, maybe out best defensive effort of the year," coach Jay Wright said.

The Wildcats clamped down on Tyrique Jones, who has been Xavier's leader the last few weeks. Jones failed to score in the first half, missing all of his five shots, before finishing with 17 points and 14 rebounds for his ninth straight double-double, one shy of the school record.

"That's the most physical team we've play all year, by far, and it's not even close," Xavier coach Travis Steele said.

Jones' big second half wasn't nearly enough. Xavier shot 35.7% from the field and wound up with its lowest point total since a 76-54 loss at Creighton on Feb. 3 last year.

"They're such a good team and the margin for error is so small," said Naji Marshall, who added 15 points.

Bey was coming off a 22-point performance in a 91-71 win at DePaul on Wednesday. Jermaine Samuels added 17 points for the Wildcats, who never trailed.

Villanova made 18 3s - one shy of the school record - at DePaul on Wednesday, extending a trend of hot outside shooting during the Wildcats' resurgence. They missed their first four shots from beyond the arc against Xavier, which has the league's top 3-point defense.

Bey finally hit a pair of 3s as Villanova pulled ahead 23-12, with Xavier missing 15 of its first 20 shots overall. Marshall made a 3 as Xavier cut the lead to four points, but Xavier failed to score over the final 4:18 of the half, which ended with Villanova ahead 30-21.

Bey had a dunk and a 3-pointer that extended the lead to 40-26. Jones emerged from his shooting slump and made three straight shots as Xavier cut the lead to six points, but Samuels had a layup and a 3-pointer that rebuilt the lead to 53-39 and Villanova was never threatened again.

"That's what it takes on the road," Wright said. "If a team like that gets going, you're going to be in trouble."

BIG PICTURE

Villanova: Improved 3-point shooting has been a key ingredient in the Wildcats' latest winning streak. They'd made at least nine 3s in each of the previous five games. Against Xavier, the outside shots didn't fall as easily - they went only 7 of 29 - but the Wildcats' defense made the difference.

Xavier: The Musketeers lost six of their first eight Big East games but had won four of their last five led by Jones and Marshall, who gave them an inside-out scoring threat. Jones was negated by Villanova's interior defense in the first half, and Marshall didn't make much of an impact while finishing with 15 points.

SERIES STUFF

Villanova leads the series 30-6, including a 68-62 win in its Big East opener on Dec. 30.

NO HOME COURT ADVANTAGE

It was Xavier's fewest points in a home game since a 57-52 win over Temple on Jan. 10, 2013, the Musketeers' final season in the Atlantic 10.

UP NEXT

Villanova ends a three-game road swing by hosting St. John's on Wednesday. The Wildcats won at SS. John's 79-59 on Jan. 28.

Xavier hosts DePaul on Tuesday. The Musketeers won at DePaul 67-59 on Feb. 4.

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Leaders

Villanova PTS +/- AST REB ST BLK
B. Slater 0 0 0 0 0 0
S. Bey 22 0 1 3 2 0
Xavier PTS +/- AST REB ST BLK
T. Jones 17 0 1 14 1 0
N. Marshall 15 0 4 8 0 0

Team Comparison

Vill Xav
Points For 64 55
Field Goals 26/63-41% 20/56-36%
Three Pointers 7/29-24% 3/12-25%
Free Throws 5/5-100% 12/16-75%
Offensive Rebounds 6 8
Defensive Rebounds 30 31
Rebounds 36 41
Blocks 2 1
Steals 8 6
Turnovers 9 13
Personal Fouls 15 10
Technical Fouls 0 0
Ejections 0 0

2019-2020 Regular Season - Vill Leads Series 2-0

Date Result Away Pts Ldr Home Pts Ldr
Mon Dec 30 Xav 62 @ Vill 68 K. Tandy 3 D. Cosby-Roundtree 2
Sat Feb 22 Vill 64 @ Xav 55 C. Swider 2

Game Information

Stadium: Cintas Center, Cincinnati, Ohio
Attendance: 10,647
Game Time: