PC Upsets #3 Villanova 76-71

Remigio Civitarese
Febbraio 15, 2018

The Providence College Friars men's basketball team got its biggest win of the season, upsetting #3 Villanova 76-71 on Wednesday night at the Dunkin' Donuts Center.

It is PC's second victory over a top-five team this season, after beating #5 Xavier earlier in the year.

PC (17-9, 8-5) shot just 37 percent from the floor in the game, but converted 15 free throws over the final five minutes to prevail and snap a five-game losing streak to the Wildcats (23-3, 10-3).

Villanova's slump began with a shocking 79-75 loss to St. John's on its home court February 7.

Despite shooting 31% from the field and just 21% from three in the first half, the Friars took a 27-23 lead into the break.

From that point, Rodney Bullock scored seven straight points for PC capped off with a dunk to put Providence up 56-49 with 8:43 to play.

Trevon Bluiett scored a season-high 37 points, and the Musketeers withstood a second-half charge by the Pirates in Cincinnati. The Wildcats did not have an offensive rebound during the first half and went 0-for-7 on 3-point shots.

Naji Marshall added a career-best 20 points as Xavier set a season high in points. Myles Powell helped Seton Hall threaten in the second half by scoring 24 of his career-high 30 points after halftime.

The Tigers tightened their hold on first place in the Southeastern Conference with a victory over the Wildcats at Auburn, Ala.

Forrest also had a layup with 8 seconds remaining in regulation that tied it at 70 and sent it into overtime.

Auburn got 18 points apiece from Jared Harper and Bryce Brown. Kevin Knox led Kentucky with 19 points. "You expect to win and you give your players that confidence".

The Seminoles never led in the game until Trent Forrest's spinning bucket with 1:05 in overtime to put them ahead 75-74.

Mikal Bridges (19 points and seven rebounds) and Jalen Brunson (14 points and five assists) did what they could for the Wildcats, but it wasn't enough to earn a win on the road. Wendell Carter Jr. added 13 points and 13 rebounds and Duval provided 10 points for Duke (21-5, 9-4 Atlantic Coast Conference). Duke had little trouble despite playing their second straight game without freshman Marvin Bagley III, as the league's leading scorer and rebounder recovers from a sprained right knee.

ANN ARBOR, Mich. - Duncan Robinson scored 18 points to lead MI.

Robinson hit six 3-pointers, including a pair on back-to-back possessions midway through the second half, as the Wolverines pulled away and won for the fourth time in their past five games.

Muhammad-Ali Abdur-Rahkman scored 16 points for the Wolverines and Moritz Wagner added 14 points.

Luka Garza scored 22 points to lead Iowa (12-16, 3-12, Big Ten), which has lost four in a row.

Clemson scored four of the next six points to get within 79-78 but Forrest made both free throws with 5.3 seconds remaining to extend the margin to three.

In other words, unless Villanova wins at Cintas Center this weekend, its streak of four consecutive Big East regular-season titles is nearly certainly coming to an end. Caleb Martin also scored 21 points for Nevada (22-5, 11-2 Mountain West).

Lexus Williams scored 15 points and Chris Sengfelder added 14 for Boise State (20-6, 10-4), which had a 13-game home winning streak halted.

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