GAMEDAY Mens Basketball

Butler 73, Villanova 61


By MICHAEL MAROT
AP Sports Writer

INDIANAPOLIS - Chuck Harris scored 20 points and Jair Bolden added 15 to lead Butler to a 73-61 victory over No. 8 Villanova, which became the sixth top-15 team to lose this weekend.

The Bulldogs (9-13, 8-11 Big East) have won two straight since snapping a three-game losing streak and have beaten the Wildcats in four of the last five meetings in Indianapolis.

Jeremiah Robinson-Earl finished with 16 points and 16 rebounds to lead Villanova (15-4, 10-3), which had won 13 of its previous 15 and was favored by 10 1/2 points. Collin Gillespie had 14 points for the Wildcats, who followed losses on Saturday by No. 2 Baylor, No. 7 Oklahoma, No. 11 Florida State, No. 13 Creighton and No. 14 Texas.

Butler swung the game with defense, limiting the Wildcats to one basket during the final seven minutes of the first half. The Bulldogs took full advantage with a 16-3 run to take a 31-20 lead. They never trailed again.

Villanova charged back early in the second half, cutting a 42-28 deficit in half with a 7-0 flurry that forced Butler to call timeout. The Wildcats got as close as 42-37 with 14:14 to go, but Bolden stopped the run with a 3-pointer, Bryce Golden made three straight baskets for the Bulldogs and Bo Hodges closed out a 12-2 spurt with another 3 that gave Butler a 54-39 lead with 10:40 left.

The Wildcats closed to 57-50 with 6:13 remaining, but Harris and Bolden answered with back-to-back 3s.

February 28, 2021



Villanova
Player FG-FGA FT-FTA 3P-3PA OR-TR Ast Blk Stl TO PF Pts
J. Robinson-Earl 7-15 2-2 0-4 7-16 1 1 1 3 2 16
C. Gillespie 4-12 5-6 1-5 1-5 2 0 0 2 1 14
J. Moore 5-13 0-0 0-6 0-2 1 0 0 0 1 10
J. Samuels 2-8 0-0 0-4 1-6 1 0 0 2 5 4
C. Daniels 4-12 2-2 0-6 1-1 1 0 0 1 3 10
C. Swider 1-1 2-2 1-1 0-0 0 0 0 0 1 5
B. Slater 1-3 0-0 0-1 0-1 0 0 1 0 1 2
B. Antoine 0-1 0-0 0-0 0-1 0 0 0 0 0 0
Totals 24-65
(.369)
11-12
(.917)
2-27
(.074)
14-37 6 1 2 8 14 61


Butler
Player FG-FGA FT-FTA 3P-3PA OR-TR Ast Blk Stl TO PF Pts
C. Harris 7-14 2-2 4-9 0-5 3 0 1 3 3 20
B. Nze 6-9 0-2 0-0 3-11 5 0 0 3 0 12
J. Bolden 5-10 2-3 3-5 0-2 1 0 1 1 0 15
M. Tate 2-6 1-2 1-4 0-0 4 1 2 3 1 6
B. Golden 5-8 3-5 0-0 2-6 1 1 1 0 1 13
B. Hodges 2-5 1-6 2-4 2-4 1 0 1 0 1 7
J. Mulloy 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-2 0 0 0 0 1 0
M. Wilmoth 0-2 0-0 0-2 0-1 0 0 0 0 3 0
C. Donovan 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Totals 27-54
(.500)
9-20
(.450)
10-24
(.417)
15-43 15 2 6 10 10 73




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