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No. 18 Villanova pulls away at Butler for 7th straight win

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) Eric Paschall and Phil Booth have No. 18 Villanova rounding into form.

They are knocking down 3-pointers, getting teammates more involved and, of course, continuing to excel on defense. If the defending national champs keep playing this well, they just might make another deep NCAA Tournament run.

Paschall scored 23 points, Booth added 17 and the Wildcats made 12 3s on Tuesday in an 80-72 victory at Butler.

''He's done that in a number of games this year, tough games,'' coach Jay Wright said when asked about Paschall's strong start. ''It sets the tone. You see that the first couple shots of the game and it makes a statement.''

The kind of statement that will make everyone forget about a November loss to Furman and a December loss to Penn.

Now, the Wildcats (15-4, 6-0 Big East) have won seven straight and show no signs of slowing down. They even snapped a two-game losing streak at Hinkle Fieldhouse, and Villanova only needed three quick scoring flurries to put it away thanks to Paschall and Booth.

While Paschall was 8 of 16 from the field and 5 of 10 on 3s with five rebounds, Booth went 8 of 9 from the free-throw line, grabbed four rebounds and had five assists. Collin Gillespie finished with 11 points and Dhamir Crosby-Roundtree finished with 10 points and eight rebounds.

It was no surprise to the Bulldogs (12-8, 3-4), who were led by Aaron Thompson with 15 points and Sean McDermott with 14.

''You know when you see them coming, what type of game it's going to be,'' Bulldogs coach LaVall Jordan said. ''I didn't think we played our best.''

Butler's shooters did make it interesting early in a matchup of the conference's top two scoring defenses.

Villanova finally asserted itself when Booth accounted for half of the points in a 12-2 run that gave the Wildcats a 33-25 lead late in the first half.

Butler answered with a 12-5 burst before halftime then opened the second half on a 7-2 run to take a 44-43 lead on Nate Fowler's 3-foot jumper with 17:32 to go.

It didn't last long. Villanova responded with four consecutive 3s - Saddiq Bey made the first with Gillespie knocking down the next three - to give Villanova a 55-44 lead.

The Bulldogs made one more charge, getting as close as 61-56, before Paschall's fifth 3 capped a 7-0 spurt that gave Villanova an insurmountable 68-56 cushion at the 6:23 mark.

''It (the balance) is very good for everybody,'' Paschall said. ''We have a very talented team and it showed tonight. Everybody played well.''

BIG PICTURE

Villanova: The Wildcats rolling. With the 3s falling and a suffocating defense, they managed to get a road victory against the one conference team that has given them the most trouble over the last two seasons.

Butler: After losing four of five, the Bulldogs have showed some fight. They won back-to-back games heading into Tuesday and although they lost their second home game of the season, Butler still challenged Villanova despite having an off-night.

STAT PACK

Villanova: After making 15 of 34 from beyond the arc Friday at Xavier, the Wildcats went 12 of 26 at Butler. ... Villanova made 12 of 18 from the free-throw line while Butler was 3 of 5. ... The Wildcats have won the rebounding battle in four straight conference games.

Butler: Kamar Baldwin and Jordan Tucker, the transfer from Duke, each scored 11 points. ... McDermott also had seven rebounds, while Thompson finished with four assists. ... Butler's shooting percentage dropped from 53.6 percent in the first half to 43.8 percent in the second half.

THEY SAID IT

Villanova: ''We played well against a very good team and we finally got a little balance offensively and that's helping us grow,'' Wright said. ''We still have a lot of work to do but we're getting better.''

Butler: ''Today was Day 12 in a row for us so I thought that (fatigue) showed a little bit for us in the second half,'' Jordan said.

UP NEXT

Villanova: Looks to extend its winning streak when Seton Hall comes to town Saturday.

Butler: Can earn a season sweep Friday at Creighton.

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Key Players
P. Booth
5 G
K. Baldwin
3 G
34.6 Min. Per Game 34.6
17.7 Pts. Per Game 17.7
3.9 Ast. Per Game 3.9
5.7 Reb. Per Game 5.7
45.9 Field Goal % 44.2
40.9 Three Point % 28.7
76.3 Free Throw % 84.8
+ 3 Jordan Tucker made 3-pt. jump shot 1.0
  Defensive rebound by Nate Fowler 1.0
  Dhamir Cosby-Roundtree missed dunk 3.0
  Offensive rebound by Dhamir Cosby-Roundtree 4.0
  Phil Booth missed 3-pt. jump shot 6.0
  Defensive rebound by Dhamir Cosby-Roundtree 34.0
  Jordan Tucker missed 3-pt. jump shot 36.0
  Offensive rebound by Butler 38.0
  Paul Jorgensen missed driving layup, blocked by Eric Paschall 39.0
  Bad pass turnover on Eric Paschall 49.0
+ 2 Aaron Thompson made driving layup 52.0
Team Stats
Points 80 72
Field Goals 26-53 (49.1%) 29-60 (48.3%)
3-Pointers 12-26 (46.2%) 11-29 (37.9%)
Free Throws 16-18 (88.9%) 3-5 (60.0%)
Total Rebounds 30 28
Offensive 9 6
Defensive 20 16
Team 1 6
Assists 12 13
Steals 3 2
Blocks 3 1
Turnovers 8 8
Fouls 12 15
Technicals 0 0
23 PTS, 5 REB, 1 AST
15 PTS, 4 AST
12T
away team logo 18 Villanova 15-4 413980
home team logo Butler 12-8 373572
Team Stats
away team logo 18 Villanova 15-4 73.7 PPG 37.8 RPG 14.0 APG
home team logo Butler 12-8 71.9 PPG 34.8 RPG 13.2 APG
Key Players
4
E. Paschall F 16.5 PPG 6.1 RPG 2.1 APG 44.7 FG%
2
A. Thompson G 6.3 PPG 2.0 RPG 4.3 APG 53.2 FG%
Top Scorers
E. Paschall F 23 PTS 5 REB 1 AST
A. Thompson G 15 PTS 0 REB 4 AST
49.1 FG% 48.3
46.2 3PT FG% 37.9
88.9 FT% 60.0
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
E. Paschall 23 5 1 8/16 5/10 2/2 2 38 1 1 2 1 4
P. Booth 17 4 5 4/12 1/5 8/9 1 39 0 0 1 0 4
C. Gillespie 11 2 1 4/7 3/5 0/0 2 26 1 0 2 0 2
S. Bey 10 7 1 4/8 2/4 0/0 3 32 0 1 2 3 4
J. Samuels 2 3 1 1/1 0/0 0/1 1 20 0 0 1 1 2
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
E. Paschall 23 5 1 8/16 5/10 2/2 2 38 1 1 2 1 4
P. Booth 17 4 5 4/12 1/5 8/9 1 39 0 0 1 0 4
C. Gillespie 11 2 1 4/7 3/5 0/0 2 26 1 0 2 0 2
S. Bey 10 7 1 4/8 2/4 0/0 3 32 0 1 2 3 4
J. Samuels 2 3 1 1/1 0/0 0/1 1 20 0 0 1 1 2
Bench PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
D. Cosby-Roundtree 10 8 2 3/5 0/0 4/4 3 25 0 1 0 4 4
J. Cremo 7 0 1 2/3 1/2 2/2 0 17 1 0 0 0 0
J. Quinerly 0 0 0 0/1 0/0 0/0 0 3 0 0 0 0 0
T. Delaney - - - - - - - - - - - - -
P. Heck - - - - - - - - - - - - -
C. Swider - - - - - - - - - - - - -
T. Saunders - - - - - - - - - - - - -
B. Slater - - - - - - - - - - - - -
K. Hoehn - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 80 29 12 26/53 12/26 16/18 12 200 3 3 8 9 20
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
A. Thompson 15 0 4 6/9 1/2 2/2 1 31 0 0 1 0 0
S. McDermott 14 7 0 5/9 4/8 0/0 1 36 0 0 0 1 6
K. Baldwin 11 3 3 5/14 1/5 0/0 3 38 2 0 3 0 3
J. Brunk 5 1 1 2/3 0/0 1/2 2 16 0 0 0 0 1
H. Baddley 0 0 0 0/0 0/0 0/0 0 9 0 0 0 0 0
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
A. Thompson 15 0 4 6/9 1/2 2/2 1 31 0 0 1 0 0
S. McDermott 14 7 0 5/9 4/8 0/0 1 36 0 0 0 1 6
K. Baldwin 11 3 3 5/14 1/5 0/0 3 38 2 0 3 0 3
J. Brunk 5 1 1 2/3 0/0 1/2 2 16 0 0 0 0 1
H. Baddley 0 0 0 0/0 0/0 0/0 0 9 0 0 0 0 0
Bench PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
J. Tucker 11 3 1 4/11 3/9 0/0 2 24 0 0 1 0 3
N. Fowler 9 5 1 4/5 1/2 0/0 3 18 0 0 0 3 2
P. Jorgensen 3 1 3 1/6 1/3 0/1 2 18 0 1 3 1 0
C. David 2 1 0 1/2 0/0 0/0 1 4 0 0 0 0 1
B. Golden 2 1 0 1/1 0/0 0/0 0 6 0 0 0 1 0
B. Nze - - - - - - - - - - - - -
C. Donovan - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Gillens-Butler - - - - - - - - - - - - -
M. Hastings - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 72 22 13 29/60 11/29 3/5 15 200 2 1 8 6 16