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Paschall sends No. 25 Nova past Friars 73-62 in Big East

NEW YORK (AP) With its chances of a third straight Big East Conference Tournament title on the line, the players who carried No. 25 Villanova most of the season stepped up and took control.

Eric Paschall had 20 points and 10 rebounds, Collin Gillespie hit two 3-pointers in a game-deciding 17-5 run and point guard Phil Booth was a steadying influence as the top-seeded Wildcats beat Providence 73-62 in the quarterfinals on Thursday.

''Coach tells us we have to lead by example, talk to our younger guys and just do all the little things - playing defense, rebounding, not worrying about if our shot's going in,'' Paschall said. ''I just feel like our whole team has been doing that. Our whole team's had a great attitude, and we're taking a step in the right direction.''

Gillespie added 19 points and six assists and Booth had 13 points as the top-seeded Wildcats (23-9) beat the Friars (18-15) for the third time this season.

The defending national champions will face fourth-seeded Xavier (18-14) in the semifinals Friday at Madison Square Garden. The Musketeers edged fifth-seeded Creighton 63-61 in the second quarterfinal.

Nate Watson had 15 points to lead Providence, which was playing its second game in 18 hours. Alpha Diallo and Isaiah Jackson added 14 apiece for the Friars.

''I feel like the second half, we made adjustments and came out and gave ourselves a chance,'' Jackson said. ''Just lack of discipline in the second half kind of hurt us -- late switches, miscommunication, offensive rebounds, threes -- it just killed us in the second half.''

Providence rallied from eight down to tie the game at 44 on a 3-point play by Diallo with 9:18 left.

Gillespie, who was 7 of 15 from the field, then took over. He hit a pair of 3-pointers in the big run while Paschall had a basket and 3-pointer. Providence drew to 63-58 on two free throws by Jackson but came no closer.

''He's the guy that really had the significant playing time last year, even though it wasn't a lot, but we count on him in some clutch situations,'' Villanova coach Jay Wright said of Gillespie. ''Again, he's another guy who's a sophomore and kind of treating him like a senior. He's got to be a leader, and he's got a lot on his shoulders too. He's been awesome all year.''

The opening 20 minutes was a series of runs. Providence took a 9-2 lead and the Wildcats responded with 15 straight points. The Friars came back and led 23-22, but Villanova closed the half with a 9-1 run that featured 3-point baskets by Gillespie, Cole Swider and a three-point play by Booth.

BIG PICTURE

Providence is hoping to get in the NIT.

''If we get in, I'll be very excited. I hope we do,'' Providence coach Ed Cooley said. ''If we're not, I'm going to be really proud of the guys and the effort that they had. But we left a lot of games on the table with our inconsistent approach in some of the games.''

Villanova: Assured an NCAA Tournament berth.

UP NEXT

Providence: Will probably end up in NIT.

Villanova: Plays Xavier in semifinals Friday. The teams split in the regular season, with the Musketeers winning the second game 66-54.

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Key Players
A. Diallo
11 G
P. Booth
5 G
34.6 Min. Per Game 34.6
18.6 Pts. Per Game 18.6
3.9 Ast. Per Game 3.9
3.9 Reb. Per Game 3.9
42.4 Field Goal % 43.5
34.5 Three Point % 36.3
68.1 Free Throw % 74.2
+ 1 Nate Watson made 2nd of 2 free throws 1.0
+ 1 Nate Watson made 1st of 2 free throws 1.0
  Shooting foul on Dhamir Cosby-Roundtree 1.0
  Offensive rebound by Nate Watson 2.0
  A.J. Reeves missed 3-pt. jump shot 4.0
+ 2 Collin Gillespie made layup, assist by Jermaine Samuels 19.0
  Defensive rebound by Dhamir Cosby-Roundtree 25.0
  Isaiah Jackson missed 3-pt. jump shot 27.0
+ 2 Eric Paschall made dunk, assist by Collin Gillespie 32.0
  Lost ball turnover on Alpha Diallo, stolen by Dhamir Cosby-Roundtree 35.0
  Lost ball turnover on Phil Booth, stolen by Alpha Diallo 39.0
Team Stats
Points 62 73
Field Goals 20-49 (40.8%) 22-60 (36.7%)
3-Pointers 5-20 (25.0%) 10-31 (32.3%)
Free Throws 17-21 (81.0%) 19-25 (76.0%)
Total Rebounds 29 36
Offensive 5 12
Defensive 24 24
Team 0 0
Assists 11 14
Steals 9 11
Blocks 3 4
Turnovers 18 12
Fouls 18 18
Technicals 0 0
15 PTS, 5 REB
20 PTS, 10 REB, 2 AST
12T
away team logo Providence 18-15 243862
home team logo 25 Villanova 23-9 314273
Team Stats
away team logo Providence 18-15 71.4 PPG 39 RPG 14.4 APG
home team logo 25 Villanova 23-9 73.7 PPG 37.8 RPG 14.0 APG
Key Players
0
N. Watson C 11.7 PPG 5.2 RPG 0.4 APG 59.0 FG%
4
E. Paschall F 16.5 PPG 6.1 RPG 2.1 APG 44.7 FG%
Top Scorers
N. Watson C 15 PTS 5 REB 0 AST
E. Paschall F 20 PTS 10 REB 2 AST
40.8 FG% 36.7
25.0 3PT FG% 32.3
81.0 FT% 76.0
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
N. Watson 15 5 0 5/7 0/0 5/5 3 26 0 0 1 1 4
A. Diallo 14 3 2 5/8 1/3 3/5 4 35 2 1 5 0 3
M. White 6 1 3 1/4 1/2 3/4 0 25 1 0 3 1 0
D. Duke 6 3 0 3/10 0/2 0/1 2 29 1 0 4 0 3
A. Reeves 5 10 0 2/7 1/4 0/0 3 21 1 0 2 2 8
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
N. Watson 15 5 0 5/7 0/0 5/5 3 26 0 0 1 1 4
A. Diallo 14 3 2 5/8 1/3 3/5 4 35 2 1 5 0 3
M. White 6 1 3 1/4 1/2 3/4 0 25 1 0 3 1 0
D. Duke 6 3 0 3/10 0/2 0/1 2 29 1 0 4 0 3
A. Reeves 5 10 0 2/7 1/4 0/0 3 21 1 0 2 2 8
Bench PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
I. Jackson 14 1 3 4/10 2/7 4/4 3 29 2 0 1 0 1
M. Ashton-Langford 2 2 2 0/0 0/0 2/2 1 15 2 1 2 0 2
D. Edwards 0 2 0 0/1 0/1 0/0 0 7 0 1 0 0 2
K. Young 0 2 1 0/2 0/1 0/0 2 13 0 0 0 1 1
E. Holt - - - - - - - - - - - - -
A. Fonts - - - - - - - - - - - - -
K. Monroe - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Nichols Jr. - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 62 29 11 20/49 5/20 17/21 18 200 9 3 18 5 24
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
E. Paschall 20 10 2 6/13 1/4 7/10 1 38 0 1 2 4 6
C. Gillespie 19 1 6 7/15 5/10 0/0 2 35 2 1 3 0 1
P. Booth 13 3 1 5/11 2/7 1/3 4 35 1 1 6 2 1
J. Samuels 8 7 1 1/5 1/3 5/6 0 32 4 0 0 0 7
S. Bey 0 2 1 0/4 0/2 0/0 5 16 0 1 0 1 1
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
E. Paschall 20 10 2 6/13 1/4 7/10 1 38 0 1 2 4 6
C. Gillespie 19 1 6 7/15 5/10 0/0 2 35 2 1 3 0 1
P. Booth 13 3 1 5/11 2/7 1/3 4 35 1 1 6 2 1
J. Samuels 8 7 1 1/5 1/3 5/6 0 32 4 0 0 0 7
S. Bey 0 2 1 0/4 0/2 0/0 5 16 0 1 0 1 1
Bench PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
D. Cosby-Roundtree 8 10 1 2/6 0/0 4/4 5 24 3 0 1 3 7
C. Swider 5 1 2 1/3 1/2 2/2 1 15 1 0 0 1 0
J. Cremo 0 2 0 0/3 0/3 0/0 0 5 0 0 0 1 1
P. Heck 0 0 0 0/0 0/0 0/0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
T. Delaney - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Quinerly - - - - - - - - - - - - -
T. Saunders - - - - - - - - - - - - -
B. Slater - - - - - - - - - - - - -
K. Hoehn - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 73 36 14 22/60 10/31 19/25 18 201 11 4 12 12 24