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Villanova beats Providence despite long scoring drought

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) Phil Booth scored 23 points, including Villanova's only five points in the final 8 1/2 minutes, and the Wildcats held off Providence 65-59 on Saturday.

Villanova took a 60-40 lead on a jumper by Cole Swider with 8:43 remaining in the second half before Providence went on a 16-0 run over the next seven minutes. Villanova missed its next six shots and committed seven turnovers and the Friars closed to within 60-56 on a 3-point play by Alpha Diallo with 1:27 remaining.

Booth finally stopped Villanova's scoring drought, making a layup and free throw for a 63-56 lead at 1:06. Mak Ashton-Langford hit a deep 3-pointer for Providence for a 63-59 score with 57 seconds to go. Ashton-Langford blocked a layup attempt by Booth and Providence had possession with 24 seconds left. But the Friars could not find a shot and were forced to call timeout with seven seconds remaining. Isaiah Jackson missed a deep 3-pointer after the timeout and Booth rebounded, was fouled and made both free throws for the final margin.

Booth added seven rebounds and four assists for Villanova (11-4, 2-0 Big East). Eric Paschall had 13 points and 14 rebounds.

Ashton-Langford led Providence (10-5, 0-2) with 20 points. He made all four of his 3-pointers. Jackson scored 11 points and Diallo added 10.

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Key Players
P. Booth
5 G
A. Diallo
11 G
35.3 Min. Per Game 35.3
17.4 Pts. Per Game 17.4
3.3 Ast. Per Game 3.3
8.6 Reb. Per Game 8.6
44.6 Field Goal % 43.9
38.0 Three Point % 38.6
77.5 Free Throw % 69.2
+ 1 Phil Booth made 2nd of 2 free throws 2.0
+ 1 Phil Booth made 1st of 2 free throws 4.0
  Personal foul on Makai Ashton-Langford 2.0
  Defensive rebound by Phil Booth 4.0
  Isaiah Jackson missed 3-pt. jump shot 6.0
  Defensive rebound by Providence 25.0
  Phil Booth missed jump shot, blocked by Makai Ashton-Langford 26.0
  30-second timeout called 45.0
+ 3 Makai Ashton-Langford made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Isaiah Jackson 57.0
+ 1 Phil Booth made free throw 1:06
  Shooting foul on Isaiah Jackson 1:06
Team Stats
Points 65 59
Field Goals 23-51 (45.1%) 20-58 (34.5%)
3-Pointers 7-22 (31.8%) 6-25 (24.0%)
Free Throws 12-15 (80.0%) 13-25 (52.0%)
Total Rebounds 36 41
Offensive 6 15
Defensive 27 22
Team 3 4
Assists 8 11
Steals 8 6
Blocks 2 3
Turnovers 13 12
Fouls 25 16
Technicals 0 0
23 PTS, 7 REB, 4 AST
20 PTS, 2 REB, 1 AST
12T
away team logo Villanova 11-4 432265
home team logo Providence 10-5 253459
Team Stats
away team logo Villanova 11-4 74.1 PPG 38.1 RPG 14.2 APG
home team logo Providence 10-5 71.4 PPG 39 RPG 14.4 APG
Key Players
5
P. Booth G 18.7 PPG 3.9 RPG 3.9 APG 43.6 FG%
1
M. Ashton-Langford G 3.7 PPG 1.5 RPG 2.3 APG 34.6 FG%
Top Scorers
P. Booth G 23 PTS 7 REB 4 AST
M. Ashton-Langford G 20 PTS 2 REB 1 AST
45.1 FG% 34.5
31.8 3PT FG% 24.0
80.0 FT% 52.0
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
P. Booth 23 7 4 7/16 3/8 6/8 2 35 1 0 3 0 7
E. Paschall 13 14 1 5/12 1/5 2/2 2 38 2 0 2 2 12
C. Gillespie 5 3 1 1/5 0/2 3/3 4 30 1 0 2 1 2
D. Cosby-Roundtree 2 4 0 1/1 0/0 0/0 4 23 0 0 0 2 2
J. Cremo 0 1 1 0/2 0/1 0/0 2 14 2 0 2 0 1
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
P. Booth 23 7 4 7/16 3/8 6/8 2 35 1 0 3 0 7
E. Paschall 13 14 1 5/12 1/5 2/2 2 38 2 0 2 2 12
C. Gillespie 5 3 1 1/5 0/2 3/3 4 30 1 0 2 1 2
D. Cosby-Roundtree 2 4 0 1/1 0/0 0/0 4 23 0 0 0 2 2
J. Cremo 0 1 1 0/2 0/1 0/0 2 14 2 0 2 0 1
Bench PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
C. Swider 10 1 0 4/4 2/2 0/1 3 11 0 0 1 1 0
J. Samuels 6 2 0 2/3 1/2 1/1 3 11 1 2 2 0 2
S. Bey 4 1 0 2/6 0/2 0/0 3 28 1 0 1 0 1
J. Quinerly 2 0 1 1/2 0/0 0/0 2 10 0 0 0 0 0
T. Delaney - - - - - - - - - - - - -
P. Heck - - - - - - - - - - - - -
T. Saunders - - - - - - - - - - - - -
B. Slater - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 65 33 8 23/51 7/22 12/15 25 200 8 2 13 6 27
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
A. Diallo 10 7 1 4/9 0/3 2/5 1 38 4 0 3 1 6
N. Watson 6 8 0 3/4 0/0 0/2 0 23 0 0 1 3 5
D. Duke 5 3 2 2/6 1/4 0/3 4 28 1 0 2 1 2
M. White 4 2 3 1/6 0/4 2/4 1 21 0 0 1 1 1
J. Nichols Jr. 0 0 0 0/0 0/0 0/0 1 5 0 0 0 0 0
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
A. Diallo 10 7 1 4/9 0/3 2/5 1 38 4 0 3 1 6
N. Watson 6 8 0 3/4 0/0 0/2 0 23 0 0 1 3 5
D. Duke 5 3 2 2/6 1/4 0/3 4 28 1 0 2 1 2
M. White 4 2 3 1/6 0/4 2/4 1 21 0 0 1 1 1
J. Nichols Jr. 0 0 0 0/0 0/0 0/0 1 5 0 0 0 0 0
Bench PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
M. Ashton-Langford 20 2 1 6/9 4/4 4/6 3 24 0 1 3 0 2
I. Jackson 11 6 2 3/15 0/6 5/5 3 30 1 0 1 4 2
K. Monroe 3 0 0 1/4 1/4 0/0 0 8 0 0 0 0 0
D. Edwards 0 3 1 0/2 0/0 0/0 1 10 0 0 0 2 1
K. Young 0 6 1 0/3 0/0 0/0 2 13 0 2 1 3 3
E. Holt - - - - - - - - - - - - -
A. Fonts - - - - - - - - - - - - -
A. Reeves - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 59 37 11 20/58 6/25 13/25 16 200 6 3 12 15 22