NCAAB Game Recap - Connecticut at Villanova
Sat Jan 18, 2020 12:00 PM EST

BYU
69
Gonz
92
F
Baylor
75
OkSt
68
F
Lou
79
Duke
73
F
Aub
47
Fla
69
F
Butl
66
DeP
79
F
Kansas
66
Tex
57
F
Nev
55
SDSU
68
F
Oreg
64
Wash
61
F(OT)
FlaSt
83
Mia-FL
79
F(OT)
KY
73
Ark
66
F
WVU
68
KansSt
84
F
UConn
55
Vill
61
F
Hou
65
WichSt
54
F
Purd
50
MD
57
F
Seton
82
StJon
79
F
Colora
54
Ariz
75
F
OhSt
76
PSU
90
F
IaSt
52
TxTch
72
F
NW
71
Ill
75
F
Prov
74
Crei
78
F
UMBC
60
UNH
65
F
IL-C
75
IUPUI
66
F
Syr
71
VaTec
69
F
UNC
52
Pitt
66
F
LaSal
63
URI
66
F
Detr
80
WIGB
83
F
SCar
81
TexAM
67
F
Oral
92
IPFW
68
F
Citad
79
VMI
88
F
MiaO
62
Ball
71
F
LoyMD
80
Army
81
F
Tuls
67
Tul
54
F
TCU
63
Okla
83
F
Clem
54
NCSU
60
F
Marq
84
GTown
80
F
MOSt
68
Evans
58
F
ChaSo
79
HiPt
60
F
Hartfo
57
Vermt
74
F
StBon
63
VACom
91
F
JMU
61
Tows
69
F
StJos
87
Penn
81
F
Hamp
88
UNCA
86
F
Dart
62
Harv
67
F
Ohio
60
E MI
58
F
W&M
57
Drex
84
F
Elon
78
Del
79
F
Boston
70
Colg
79
F
ArkSt
80
CoCar
75
F
Buff
86
CenMI
67
F
Longw
58
Campbl
68
F
Toled
99
Akr
89
F
Rich
97
GMas
87
F
Mercer
90
Samf
75
F
Sac
49
S UT
74
F
NebOm
76
Denv
91
F
GASt
65
Troy
75
F
Rice
68
SoMis
81
F
TexAr
78
ULMo
58
F
Mizzu
74
Alab
88
F
OrSt
76
WaSt
89
F
LoyMa
53
USF
61
F
StMar
78
Pepp
69
F
TexPA
70
UtVal
72
F
NoAZ
64
N CO
58
F
ColSt
78
AF
65
F
UTEP
70
TexSA
86
F
GaSo
68
SthAL
74
F
LongI
74
Bry
60
F
KennSt
48
NJIT
66
F
StFNY
69
Wagn
64
F
(N/A)
53
RobM
49
F
Lafy
66
Navy
68
F
CenCT
52
MtStM
79
F
UAB
68
FlAtl
65
F
Hof
67
Charl
69
F
NIU
64
BGSU
66
F
HolyC
69
Amer
81
F
NCAT
75
Copp
79
F
CenAR
72
Nich
79
F
How
58
Morg
68
F
NCC
86
BethC
59
F
TNTec
59
E IL
84
F
GrgWas
75
UMass
51
F
ArkLR
73
App
57
F
FlGlf
65
N AL
70
F
Lamar
58
TXAMC
64
F
JacSt
64
SIU-E
56
F
StPet
71
Quin
51
F
USC-Up
67
GWebb
83
F
Kent
63
W MI
67
F
Radf
75
Presb
64
F
FlaAM
65
SCSt
81
F
Charl
63
W Ky
80
F
N TX
51
LaTec
50
F
MorSt
59
Belm
77
F
InWor
56
SFA
80
F
Alc
105
MsVl
73
F
E KY
92
TNSt
88
F
APSU
92
TN-M
81
F
Murr
96
SEMO
91
F(OT)
SoFL
54
UCF
55
F
Stetsn
64
Jacksn
59
F
UCDav
66
CSNor
62
F
NM
78
UNLV
99
F
Fres
65
Wyo
50
F
E WA
71
MTSt
58
F
Tenn
66
Vand
45
F
NrthIA
86
Brad
71
F
PVAM
64
Gram
57
F
MD-ES
52
Norf
62
F
Stan
78
USC
82
F(OT)
AlSt
65
AlaAM
56
F
TXSo
77
JackSt
66
F
Oakl
68
WIMil
73
F
Ind
82
Nebras
74
F
Clev
49
NoKY
75
F
YSU
72
WriSt
79
F
ETSU
85
WCU
66
F
Albany
62
Stony
70
F
SacHr
65
StFPA
72
F
NE
74
UNCW
76
F(OT)
Chat
52
UNCG
72
F
OlDom
67
Marsh
68
F
Monm
65
Manh
58
F
Lipsco
60
Lib
67
F
MidTN
69
FlInt
83
F
Corn
61
Colum
75
F
Leh
56
Buck
72
F
McNee
65
NOrl
52
F
CS-Ful
66
LongB
62
F
Temp
52
SMU
68
F
UVA
63
GaTec
58
F
IndSt
77
Valpa
86
F
TxSt
68
ULLa
59
F
LSU
80
Miss
76
F
SamH
95
HBU
75
F
SeLA
55
AbCh
76
F
UGA
59
MisSt
91
F
South
75
ArkPB
56
F
Pacif
80
SCla
84
F
Ida
63
Mont
67
F
Utah
64
AzSt
83
F
NMSt
75
Seatt
67
F
USD
77
Portl
67
F
UtSt
83
Bois
88
F(OT)
IdaSt
76
PorSt
82
F
UCRiv
53
UCIrv
69
F
UCSB
63
HI
70
F
CSBak
ChiSt
PPD
GrCan
UMKC
PPD

Jan 18, 2020, 12:00 PM EST

Final

1

2

T

Connecticut (10-7)

21

34

55

(14) Villanova (14-3)

27

34

61

No. 14 Villanova rallies behind Samuels to beat UConn 61-55
Sat Jan 18, 2020 4:26 PM

PHILADELPHIA (AP) The "UConn! UConn! UConn!" shouts grew louder as Villanova fans were hushed with their team trailing, the thousands of Huskies die-hards that traveled to Philadelphia injecting the back-and-forth game with that ol' heated Big East feel.

"One of the things that brought back memories was when you could hear the UConn contingent chanting in our arena like it was their arena," Villanova coach Jay Wright said. "I forgot about that. They always travel well, they always bring people here."

Seven years after the two teams last played in Philly, the Wildcats got another reminder of just how rugged it gets to play the Huskies. The teams will be intertwined for more than a game next season when UConn rejoins the Big East, and while the rivalry will be renewed, the balance of power has shifted: 'Nova is the top dog in the Big East and the former perennial power Huskies are the ones looking up.

"This isn't the way UConn's looked," coach Dan Hurley said. "We're on our way back."

But it's not there yet.

Jermaine Samuels scored 19 points and made the decisive three-point play that pushed No. 14 Villanova ahead for good in a 61-55 victory over Connecticut on Saturday at the Wells Fargo Center, home of the NBA's 76ers and NHL's Flyers. Samuels converted a three-point play with 2:51 left for a 52-51 lead and then buried a 3 with 31 seconds remaining for a four-point lead that clinched another tight one for the Wildcats (14-3).

Samuels delivered in the clutch just as he did last month when he hit the winning 3 with 21 seconds left in the same building to knock off then-No. 1 Kansas.

"That's just my teammates having trust in me," Samuels said.

The Huskies (10-7) kept it close against their pending Big East rival and attacked the paint with authority to offset a miserable effort from 3-point range (2 of 15). Christian Vital fought through the lane and tossed in a layup that brought the Huskies within two with 24 seconds left. But a full-court press on Villanova came up empty and Jeremiah Robinson-Earl sank two free throws to secure the Wildcats' 10th win in 11 games.

Collin Gillespie scored 12 points and Villanova made 11 of 23 3-pointers.

Vital led the rebuilding Huskies with 13 points and eight rebounds.

"People better get us now, that's all," Hurley said. "It's coming."

Gillespie averaged 15.1 points and hit a team-high 38% of his 3s entering the game but was shut down in the first half, shooting 0 for 3. Once he started scoring, the Wildcats started rallying. Gillespie hit consecutive 3s and scored 10 straight points to help bring the Wildcats back from six points down to a 43-all tie with 7:43 left.

But Villanova's leading scorer, Saddiq Bey (15.4 points), went scoreless the rest of the game after having nine points in the first 7 minutes.

Bey had the ball knocked loose at midcourt and Vital snagged it for a driving layup and a 37-33 lead. The Huskies scored on 10 straight possessions - all 2-point buckets - until a missed 3 ended the streak, but with a six-point lead.

"Attitude is so important to us," Robinson-Early said. "Down by six, we could tank and call it quits or we could talk to teach other and get each other going."

The Wildcats were 10 1/2-point favorites against DePaul and needed overtime Tuesday at home to survive a serious scare and win by four. The Wildcats were 9 1/2-point favorites against UConn and were tested early until they shook off a rut in the beginning and connected from long range. They hit six of their 11 3s in the first half that give another one to the Wildcats.

BIG PICTURE

UConn: The Huskies have lost four of five and don't catch a break with a game against AAC preseason favorite Houston on Tuesday.

Villanova: The Wildcats keep on rolling, but a home game Tuesday against Butler could prove who really is the team to beat in the Big East.

FAMILIAR FACES

The game wrapped a three-season series that included a game in Connecticut and one at Madison Square Garden. The rivalry will be renewed on a more permanent basis next season when UConn leaves the American Athletic Conference to rejoin the Big East. The Huskies won national championships in 1999, 2004 and 2011 (and 2014 in the AAC), while the Wildcats won two more championships in 2016 and 2018 in UConn's absence.

"I kind of wish they weren't coming," Wright said. "I'm not looking for more games like that. But I think that what it's going to be. He's done a really good job there. They're going to be tough to reckon with in the future."

Villanova leads the series 36-31 and hasn't lost to the Huskies since 2014.

"The last two times they saw us we were a soft team, we were a bad team," Hurley said. "This is part of the process you're going through from where we've been to get to the level Villanova is at, which is where we expect to be."

BALL CONTROL

UConn had 17 turnovers that led to 23 points for Villanova. Led by three each by Samuels and Robinson-Earl, the Wildcats had nine steals.

UP NEXT

The Huskies play Thursday at Houston.

It should be a fantastic Big East showdown when the Wildcats host No. 5 Butler on Tuesday. The Bulldogs lost 79-66 to DePaul on Saturday.

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Leaders

Connecticut PTS +/- AST REB ST BLK
S. Wilson 0 0 1 3 0 1
C. Vital 13 0 3 8 0 0
Villanova PTS +/- AST REB ST BLK
B. Slater 0 0 2 0 0 0
J. Samuels 19 0 1 5 3 1

Team Comparison

UConn Vill
Points For 55 61
Field Goals 25/51-49% 19/49-39%
Three Pointers 2/15-13% 11/23-48%
Free Throws 3/3-100% 12/16-75%
Offensive Rebounds 10 7
Defensive Rebounds 25 16
Rebounds 45 24
Blocks 6 3
Steals 1 9
Turnovers 17 10
Personal Fouls 16 12
Technical Fouls 0 0
Ejections 0 0

2019-2020 Regular Season - Vill Leads Series 1-0

Date Result Away Pts Ldr Home Pts Ldr
Sat Jan 18 UConn 55 @ Vill 61 J. Gaffney 2 C. Swider 2

Game Information

Stadium: Finneran Pavilion, Villanova, Pennsylvania
Attendance: 16,723
Game Time: