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No. 14 Villanova survives scare, beats DePaul 79-75 in OT

VILLANOVA, Pa. (AP) Headed into overtime after blowing a big lead in regulation, Collin Gillespie had a one-word challenge for Villanova: Attitude.

With the national championship stars gone, a new era of Wildcats are finding out what they need to win in the rugged Big East, and Gillespie showed them the way.

Gillespie made four straight free throws in overtime and scored 21 points in 43 minutes, and No. 14 Villanova survived a scare to beat DePaul for the 19th straight time, 79-75 on Tuesday night.

“It's not like a Disney movie and it just happens," coach Jay Wright said. “It's going to be ugly at times, it's going to look good at times. Just hopefully at the end, we can be a really good team.”

The Wildcats (13-3, 4-1 Big East) trailed by 13 early and got a fight few expected from one of the perennial worst teams in the conference. DePaul's Charlie Moore made one free throw and intentionally missed the second with about a second left in OT, but the Blue Demons failed to score - or complete the comeback.

DePaul (12-5, 0-4) trailed by 11 points with 2:14 left in regulation, one more loss against one of the nation's elite a mere formality. But the Blue Demons showed grit down the stretch they rarely played with in the series against the Wildcats. Moore buried a 3 to start the rally and Jalen Coleman-Lands connected on a corner 3 with 31.5 seconds to go that made it 67-65 and silenced the Villanova crowd.

Moore scored the tying basket after Villanova threw away the ball on the inbound play, and Villanova missed a shot to win at the buzzer.

Gillespie steadied the Wildcats in OT and they won for the 10th time in 11 games. Saddiq Bey scored 18 points, and Jeremiah Robinson-Earl had 13 points and 13 rebounds.

“That's what a season is, you go through experiences like that and you learn how to trust each other in tough situations,” Wright said.

The Wildcats could not shake the pesky Blue Demons and were stuck tied 40-all midway through the second half. Moore hit five 3s and scored 29 points for DePaul and Paul Reed had 18 points and 15 rebounds.

The Wildcats were 10½-point favorites for a reason, undefeated against DePaul since Jan. 3, 2008. To put that in perspective, that was two national titles and a renovated arena ago for the Wildcats.

DePaul showed a flicker of improvement with a 12-1 start to the season, highlighted by an overtime victory against national title game finalist Texas Tech, only to drop the first three games of the Big East play.

Against the Wildcats, DePaul came ready for an upset. The Blue Demons stunned Villanova early, and when Moore buried a 3 from the top of the arc and Nick Ogenda followed with a second-chance layup, they led 21-8 and forced Nova to call timeout. DePaul used a 9-0 run and Villanova missed nine of 10 shots over a 3-minute span to make this one a ballgame.

Villanova's Cole Swider hit a 3 that ended the scoring drought and kickstarted a 22-7 run to close the half. Gillespie hit back-to-back 3s, sank two free throws and buried a 3 after DePaul was whistled for an offensive foul, and suddenly the Wildcats were within two. Swider tied it on two free throws and Bey sent the Pavilion into a frenzy with a big bucket down low that sent the Wildcats into halftime with a 30-28 lead.

“I think we just need to start to learn how to compete for a full 40 minutes,” Gillespie said.

BIG PICTURE

DePaul: Reed had his 12th double-double, tops in the Big East.

Villanova: Coach Jay Wright is 21-2 vs. DePaul, and the Wildcats lead the series 29-8.

RETIRED JERSEYS

Former Wildcats Kyle Lowry (2004-06) and Ryan Arcidiacono (2012-16) will have their jerseys retired in separate ceremonies this season. Lowry, an NBA champion with the Toronto Raptors, will be honored on Feb. 26 and Arcidiacono on Feb. 12. Villanova will now have retired 23 former jerseys, including 18 players, three coaches and long-time trainer Jake Nevin. Paul Arizin's No. 11 is the only retired number in program history.

LOSING STREAK

“We've just got to win," DePaul coach Dave Leitao said. “We're 0-4 and we had four games that could have went either way. Each one, at whatever point late in the game, were one-possession games.

"We've got to be able to understand how over the course of the game we don't get to that point. And then we've also got to understand when we're in that mode in late games, how to do a good job of making sure the other team doesn't score and get positive results on offense.”

UP NEXT

DePaul continues its rugged Big East stretch Saturday against No. 5 Butler.

The Wildcats play former Big East rival UConn on Saturday at the Wells Fargo Center.

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Time Team Play Score
20:00   Jumpball received by DePaul  
19:40 +2 Jaylen Butz made layup 2-0
19:18   Lost ball turnover on Cole Swider, stolen by Charlie Moore  
19:13 +2 Romeo Weems made layup, assist by Charlie Moore 4-0
18:51 +3 Saddiq Bey made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Collin Gillespie 4-3
18:31   Charlie Moore missed jump shot  
18:29   Defensive rebound by Jeremiah Robinson-Earl  
18:16   Jermaine Samuels missed 3-pt. jump shot  
18:14   Defensive rebound by Paul Reed  
18:04   Jaylen Butz missed layup, blocked by Jermaine Samuels  
18:02   Offensive rebound by Paul Reed  
17:59   Lost ball turnover on Paul Reed  
17:50   Collin Gillespie missed 3-pt. jump shot, blocked by Romeo Weems  
17:48   Offensive rebound by Cole Swider  
17:40 +2 Jeremiah Robinson-Earl made dunk, assist by Cole Swider 4-5
17:34   Charlie Moore missed jump shot  
17:32   Defensive rebound by Jeremiah Robinson-Earl  
17:19   Justin Moore missed 3-pt. jump shot  
17:17   Defensive rebound by Paul Reed  
17:11   Paul Reed missed layup  
17:09   Offensive rebound by Jaylen Butz  
17:07   Shooting foul on Cole Swider  
17:07 +1 Jaylen Butz made 1st of 2 free throws 5-5
17:07 +1 Jaylen Butz made 2nd of 2 free throws 6-5
16:47   Brandon Slater missed 3-pt. jump shot  
16:45   Defensive rebound by Romeo Weems  
16:27 +2 Charlie Moore made jump shot 8-5
16:04   Saddiq Bey missed 3-pt. jump shot  
16:02   Defensive rebound by Paul Reed  
15:50 +2 Jaylen Butz made hook shot, assist by Jalen Coleman-Lands 10-5
15:27   Personal foul on Romeo Weems  
15:15   Justin Moore missed layup  
15:13   Offensive rebound by Jeremiah Robinson-Earl  
15:13   Jeremiah Robinson-Earl missed tip-in  
15:11   Defensive rebound by Paul Reed  
14:47 +2 Jalen Coleman-Lands made jump shot, assist by Charlie Moore 12-5
14:10 +3 Saddiq Bey made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Justin Moore 12-8
13:48   Jalen Coleman-Lands missed jump shot  
13:46   Offensive rebound by Paul Reed  
13:45   Paul Reed missed layup  
13:43   Offensive rebound by Paul Reed  
13:40 +2 Paul Reed made dunk 14-8
13:18   Jeremiah Robinson-Earl missed layup  
13:16   Defensive rebound by Jalen Coleman-Lands  
13:03 +2 Jaylen Butz made layup 16-8
12:37   Jeremiah Robinson-Earl missed jump shot  
12:35   Defensive rebound by Paul Reed  
12:27   Traveling violation turnover on Paul Reed  
12:12   Justin Moore missed layup, blocked by Nick Ongenda  
12:10   Defensive rebound by Darious Hall  
11:48 +3 Charlie Moore made 3-pt. jump shot 19-8
11:19   Dhamir Cosby-Roundtree missed layup  
11:17   Defensive rebound by Nick Ongenda  
11:08   Nick Ongenda missed layup  
11:06   Offensive rebound by Nick Ongenda  
11:05 +2 Nick Ongenda made tip-in 21-8
10:40   Jeremiah Robinson-Earl missed layup  
10:38   Defensive rebound by Devin Gage  
10:19   Offensive foul on Nick Ongenda  
10:19   Turnover on Nick Ongenda  
10:03   Cole Swider missed jump shot  
10:01   Offensive rebound by Jermaine Samuels  
9:51 +3 Cole Swider made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Jermaine Samuels 21-11
9:19   Paul Reed missed jump shot  
9:17   Defensive rebound by Jeremiah Robinson-Earl  
9:10   Personal foul on Romeo Weems  
9:06   Shooting foul on Darious Hall  
9:06   Jeremiah Robinson-Earl missed 1st of 2 free throws  
9:06 +1 Jeremiah Robinson-Earl made 2nd of 2 free throws 21-12
8:42   Devin Gage missed 3-pt. jump shot  
8:40   Offensive rebound by DePaul  
8:40   Personal foul on Saddiq Bey  
8:28   Charlie Moore missed jump shot  
8:26   Defensive rebound by Saddiq Bey  
8:10   Saddiq Bey missed 3-pt. jump shot  
8:08   Offensive rebound by Jermaine Samuels  
8:07 +2 Jermaine Samuels made dunk 21-14
7:47   Jalen Coleman-Lands missed 3-pt. jump shot  
7:45   Defensive rebound by Jeremiah Robinson-Earl  
7:37   Justin Moore missed 3-pt. jump shot  
7:35   Defensive rebound by Darious Hall  
7:27   Bad pass turnover on Charlie Moore  
7:09   Bryan Antoine missed 3-pt. jump shot  
7:07   Defensive rebound by Darious Hall  
6:43 +2 Paul Reed made fade-away jump shot, assist by Darious Hall 23-14
6:26   Saddiq Bey missed jump shot  
6:24   Defensive rebound by Darious Hall  
6:15 +2 Paul Reed made layup, assist by Charlie Moore 25-14
5:43 +2 Jermaine Samuels made layup 25-16
5:43   Shooting foul on Darious Hall  
5:43 +1 Jermaine Samuels made free throw 25-17
5:14   Jalen Coleman-Lands missed 3-pt. jump shot  
5:12   Defensive rebound by Dhamir Cosby-Roundtree  
4:54   Shooting foul on Paul Reed  
4:54   Jermaine Samuels missed 1st of 2 free throws  
4:54 +1 Jermaine Samuels made 2nd of 2 free throws 25-18
4:39   Markese Jacobs missed 3-pt. jump shot  
4:37   Defensive rebound by Justin Moore  
4:26   Jermaine Samuels missed 3-pt. jump shot  
4:24   Defensive rebound by Paul Reed  
4:01   Bad pass turnover on Jaylen Butz, stolen by Dhamir Cosby-Roundtree  
3:34   Lost ball turnover on Jeremiah Robinson-Earl, stolen by Paul Reed  
3:26 +3 Charlie Moore made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Jalen Coleman-Lands 28-18
3:08   Saddiq Bey missed 3-pt. jump shot  
3:06   Offensive rebound by Saddiq Bey  
3:00 +3 Collin Gillespie made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Saddiq Bey 28-21
2:31   Devin Gage missed jump shot  
2:29   Defensive rebound by Jeremiah Robinson-Earl  
2:19   Personal foul on Devin Gage  
2:19 +1 Collin Gillespie made 1st of 2 free throws 28-22
2:19 +1 Collin Gillespie made 2nd of 2 free throws 28-23
2:10   Bad pass turnover on Jalen Coleman-Lands, stolen by Jermaine Samuels  
2:04   Traveling violation turnover on Collin Gillespie  
1:55   Bad pass turnover on Charlie Moore  
1:36 +3 Collin Gillespie made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Jeremiah Robinson-Earl 28-26
1:10   Offensive foul on Jalen Coleman-Lands  
1:10   Turnover on Jalen Coleman-Lands  
58.0   Collin Gillespie missed 3-pt. jump shot  
56.0   Offensive rebound by Villanova  
56.0   Personal foul on Paul Reed  
56.0 +1 Cole Swider made 1st of 2 free throws 28-27
56.0 +1 Cole Swider made 2nd of 2 free throws 28-28
44.0   Jalen Coleman-Lands missed 3-pt. jump shot  
42.0   Defensive rebound by Jermaine Samuels  
33.0 +2 Saddiq Bey made layup 28-30
4.0   Jaylen Butz missed dunk, blocked by Jeremiah Robinson-Earl  
2.0   Defensive rebound by Saddiq Bey  
0.0   End of period  

Time Team Play Score
19:48   Collin Gillespie missed jump shot  
19:46   Defensive rebound by Romeo Weems  
19:25   Charlie Moore missed jump shot  
19:23   Defensive rebound by Jeremiah Robinson-Earl  
19:18   Cole Swider missed 3-pt. jump shot  
19:16   Defensive rebound by Paul Reed  
19:15   Lost ball turnover on Paul Reed, stolen by Jermaine Samuels  
19:14   Lost ball turnover on Jeremiah Robinson-Earl, stolen by Charlie Moore  
19:13   Personal foul on Jeremiah Robinson-Earl  
19:00   Personal foul on Saddiq Bey  
18:45   Jaylen Butz missed dunk  
18:43   Offensive rebound by Jaylen Butz  
18:42 +2 Jaylen Butz made dunk 30-30
18:22 +2 Jermaine Samuels made layup 30-32
18:00   Bad pass turnover on Romeo Weems  
17:41 +3 Collin Gillespie made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Jeremiah Robinson-Earl 30-35
17:27   Romeo Weems missed 3-pt. jump shot  
17:24   Offensive rebound by DePaul  
17:24   Personal foul on Jeremiah Robinson-Earl  
17:10 +2 Charlie Moore made jump shot 32-35
16:45 +2 Cole Swider made jump shot 32-37
16:32   Jaylen Butz missed layup  
16:30   Offensive rebound by Paul Reed  
16:23 +2 Paul Reed made layup, assist by Romeo Weems 34-37
16:23   Shooting foul on Jermaine Samuels  
16:23   Paul Reed missed free throw  
16:23   Defensive rebound by Jeremiah Robinson-Earl  
16:07 +3 Jermaine Samuels made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Justin Moore 34-40
15:44   Charlie Moore missed 3-pt. jump shot  
15:42   Offensive rebound by Jaylen Butz  
15:39 +2 Jaylen Butz made hook shot 36-40
15:12   Jeremiah Robinson-Earl missed layup, blocked by Paul Reed  
15:10   Offensive rebound by Villanova  
15:06   Personal foul on Jalen Coleman-Lands  
15:05   Bad pass turnover on Justin Moore, stolen by Jaylen Butz  
15:05   Personal foul on Collin Gillespie  
14:42 +2 Paul Reed made layup, assist by Charlie Moore 38-40
14:11   Cole Swider missed 3-pt. jump shot  
14:09   Defensive rebound by Romeo Weems  
14:00 +2 Jaylen Butz made layup, assist by Charlie Moore 40-40
13:38 +3 Saddiq Bey made 3-pt. jump shot 40-43
13:27 +3 Charlie Moore made 3-pt. jump shot 43-43
13:03   Personal foul on Jaylen Butz  
12:58 +3 Collin Gillespie made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Saddiq Bey 43-46
12:38   Offensive foul on Nick Ongenda  
12:38   Turnover on Nick Ongenda  
12:14 +2 Jeremiah Robinson-Earl made layup, assist by Saddiq Bey 43-48
11:55   Lost ball turnover on Darious Hall, stolen by Jermaine Samuels  
11:51   Collin Gillespie missed layup, blocked by Nick Ongenda  
11:49   Defensive rebound by Paul Reed  
11:44   Jalen Coleman-Lands missed jump shot  
11:42   Offensive rebound by Nick Ongenda  
11:38   Jalen Coleman-Lands missed 3-pt. jump shot  
11:36   Offensive rebound by DePaul  
11:17   Devin Gage missed layup  
11:15   Defensive rebound by Jermaine Samuels  
10:53 +2 Jeremiah Robinson-Earl made layup, assist by Jermaine Samuels 43-50
10:30 +2 Paul Reed made layup 45-50
9:56   Shot clock violation turnover on Villanova  
9:45   Jaylen Butz missed layup  
9:43   Defensive rebound by Justin Moore  
9:32   Personal foul on Devin Gage  
9:24   Justin Moore missed layup  
9:22   Defensive rebound by Jaylen Butz  
9:00   Charlie Moore missed 3-pt. jump shot  
8:58   Defensive rebound by Jeremiah Robinson-Earl  
8:45 +2 Cole Swider made reverse layup, assist by Collin Gillespie 45-52
8:19   Bad pass turnover on Jalen Coleman-Lands, stolen by Jeremiah Robinson-Earl  
8:00 +2 Jeremiah Robinson-Earl made layup, assist by Saddiq Bey 45-54
7:44 +2 Paul Reed made dunk, assist by Romeo Weems 47-54
7:24   Bad pass turnover on Jeremiah Robinson-Earl, stolen by Paul Reed  
7:21   Jaylen Butz missed layup, blocked by Cole Swider  
7:19   Offensive rebound by Paul Reed  
7:18 +2 Paul Reed made dunk 49-54
6:49   Jermaine Samuels missed 3-pt. jump shot  
6:47   Defensive rebound by Jaylen Butz  
6:22   Jaylen Butz missed hook shot  
6:20   Offensive rebound by Paul Reed  
6:15   Lost ball turnover on Paul Reed  
5:52 +2 Saddiq Bey made dunk 49-56
5:25   Paul Reed missed jump shot  
5:23   Defensive rebound by Justin Moore  
5:00 +3 Saddiq Bey made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Collin Gillespie 49-59
4:49   Romeo Weems missed reverse layup  
4:47   Defensive rebound by Villanova  
4:26   Personal foul on Darious Hall  
4:17   Collin Gillespie missed 3-pt. jump shot  
4:15   Offensive rebound by Jeremiah Robinson-Earl  
4:15 +2 Jeremiah Robinson-Earl made dunk 49-61
4:01   Lost ball turnover on Charlie Moore, stolen by Collin Gillespie  
3:53   Saddiq Bey missed dunk, blocked by Jaylen Butz  
3:51   Defensive rebound by Paul Reed  
3:44 +2 Charlie Moore made jump shot, assist by Paul Reed 51-61
3:22   Collin Gillespie missed 3-pt. jump shot  
3:20   Defensive rebound by Darious Hall  
3:08 +3 Charlie Moore made 3-pt. jump shot 54-61
2:38 +3 Justin Moore made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Collin Gillespie 54-64
2:25   Shooting foul on Collin Gillespie  
2:25   Charlie Moore missed 1st of 2 free throws  
2:25