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Villanova beats Okla. St. to reach AdvoCare title game

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) - Defending national champion Villanova got its swagger back.

Eric Paschall had 22 points and Phil Booth added 20 as Villanova advanced to the AdvoCare Invitational championship game by beating Oklahoma State 77-58 on Friday.

The Wildcats, who made a tournament-record 16 3-pointers, will play either No. 14 Florida State or No. 19 LSU on Sunday.

''Just a good next step for us,'' Villanova coach Jay Wright said.

Villanova (4-2) stopped a two-game skid by beating Canisius 82-56 in Thursday's first round.

''They play with a champion mindset,'' Oklahoma State coach Mike Boynton said. ''You can sense there's urgency to the way they prepare, the way they warm up, the way they huddle during game, the way they communicate defensively.''

Oklahoma State (3-2) got 15 points from Mike Cunningham. The graduate transfer played in his second game after missing the Cowboys' first three with a left hamstring injury.

''We were just off today,'' Boynton said. ''We let them control the tempo.''

Paschall had 20 points, including six 3-pointers, as Villanova took a 42-26 halftime advantage. The Wildcats went 10-for-24 from 3-point range during the half.

''I feel like my teammates just did a great job of finding me,'' Paschall said.

Booth's 3-pointer gave Villanova a 54-29 lead four minutes into the second half.

Oklahoma State got within 60-47 on Cunningham's 3 with 8 1/2 minutes to go.

The Cowboys will face the Florida State-LSU loser Sunday for third place.

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Key Players
E. Paschall
4 F
C. McGriff
12 F
32.3 Min. Per Game 32.3
16.0 Pts. Per Game 16.0
1.5 Ast. Per Game 1.5
8.8 Reb. Per Game 8.8
42.4 Field Goal % 40.4
30.3 Three Point % 35.0
78.3 Free Throw % 78.6
  Shot clock violation turnover on Villanova 4.0
  Defensive rebound by Villanova 34.0
  Michael Weathers missed layup 36.0
+ 1 Saddiq Bey made 2nd of 2 free throws 49.0
+ 1 Saddiq Bey made 1st of 2 free throws 49.0
  Personal foul on Michael Weathers 49.0
  Defensive rebound by Saddiq Bey 51.0
  Lindy Waters III missed 3-pt. jump shot 53.0
+ 1 Dhamir Cosby-Roundtree made 2nd of 2 free throws 1:04
+ 1 Dhamir Cosby-Roundtree made 1st of 2 free throws 1:04
  Personal foul on Cameron McGriff 1:04
Team Stats
Points 77 58
Field Goals 25-55 (45.5%) 22-54 (40.7%)
3-Pointers 16-40 (40.0%) 8-25 (32.0%)
Free Throws 11-15 (73.3%) 6-11 (54.5%)
Total Rebounds 39 26
Offensive 12 6
Defensive 24 15
Team 3 5
Assists 18 12
Steals 4 5
Blocks 0 0
Turnovers 11 10
Fouls 11 17
Technicals 0 0
22 PTS, 5 REB, 1 AST
15 PTS, 3 REB, 1 AST
12T
away team logo Villanova 4-2 423577
home team logo Oklahoma State 3-2 263258
Team Stats
away team logo Villanova 4-2 74.1 PPG 38.1 RPG 14.2 APG
home team logo Oklahoma State 3-2 68.1 PPG 37.5 RPG 13.2 APG
Key Players
4
E. Paschall F 16.5 PPG 6.2 RPG 2.1 APG 45.0 FG%
55
M. Cunningham G 8.0 PPG 1.6 RPG 1.1 APG 44.9 FG%
Top Scorers
E. Paschall F 22 PTS 5 REB 1 AST
M. Cunningham G 15 PTS 3 REB 1 AST
45.5 FG% 40.7
40.0 3PT FG% 32.0
73.3 FT% 54.5
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
E. Paschall 22 5 1 8/13 6/10 0/2 1 35 1 0 3 3 2
P. Booth 20 3 5 7/15 5/11 1/1 3 35 1 0 3 0 3
S. Bey 13 9 2 3/8 2/4 5/6 0 29 0 0 0 3 6
D. Cosby-Roundtree 9 13 3 2/2 0/0 5/6 4 34 2 0 2 5 8
C. Gillespie 5 3 5 2/6 1/5 0/0 2 25 0 0 2 0 3
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
E. Paschall 22 5 1 8/13 6/10 0/2 1 35 1 0 3 3 2
P. Booth 20 3 5 7/15 5/11 1/1 3 35 1 0 3 0 3
S. Bey 13 9 2 3/8 2/4 5/6 0 29 0 0 0 3 6
D. Cosby-Roundtree 9 13 3 2/2 0/0 5/6 4 34 2 0 2 5 8
C. Gillespie 5 3 5 2/6 1/5 0/0 2 25 0 0 2 0 3
Bench PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
C. Swider 8 1 0 3/7 2/6 0/0 0 12 0 0 0 1 0
J. Cremo 0 1 1 0/1 0/1 0/0 0 13 0 0 1 0 1
J. Samuels 0 1 1 0/2 0/2 0/0 1 13 0 0 0 0 1
J. Quinerly 0 0 0 0/1 0/1 0/0 0 3 0 0 0 0 0
B. Slater 0 0 0 0/0 0/0 0/0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
T. Delaney - - - - - - - - - - - - -
D. Painter - - - - - - - - - - - - -
P. Heck - - - - - - - - - - - - -
T. Saunders - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 77 36 18 25/55 16/40 11/15 11 200 4 0 11 12 24
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
C. McGriff 11 5 1 3/8 0/3 5/6 3 35 0 0 3 3 2
T. Dziagwa 9 0 5 3/8 3/7 0/0 0 31 0 0 1 0 0
L. Waters III 4 3 2 2/9 0/4 0/0 1 36 2 0 0 0 3
I. Likekele 2 1 3 1/1 0/0 0/0 3 13 1 0 1 0 1
D. Demuth 0 0 0 0/1 0/0 0/0 1 6 0 0 0 0 0
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
C. McGriff 11 5 1 3/8 0/3 5/6 3 35 0 0 3 3 2
T. Dziagwa 9 0 5 3/8 3/7 0/0 0 31 0 0 1 0 0
L. Waters III 4 3 2 2/9 0/4 0/0 1 36 2 0 0 0 3
I. Likekele 2 1 3 1/1 0/0 0/0 3 13 1 0 1 0 1
D. Demuth 0 0 0 0/1 0/0 0/0 1 6 0 0 0 0 0
Bench PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
M. Cunningham 15 3 1 5/10 5/10 0/0 2 28 1 0 1 0 3
Y. Anei 9 4 0 4/4 0/0 1/2 4 18 1 0 0 2 2
M. Weathers 8 3 0 4/11 0/0 0/3 3 23 0 0 4 1 2
K. Jones 0 2 0 0/0 0/0 0/0 0 5 0 0 0 0 2
M. Calloo 0 0 0 0/2 0/1 0/0 0 5 0 0 0 0 0
C. Jones - - - - - - - - - - - - -
T. Reeves - - - - - - - - - - - - -
L. Major - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 58 21 12 22/54 8/25 6/11 17 200 5 0 10 6 15