GAMEDAY Mens Basketball

Villanova 76, Seton Hall 74

VILLANOVA, Pa. - Cole Swider hit the winning free throw with 1.9 seconds left and Gillespie scored 22 points to help No. 3 Villanova win, 76-74 over Seton Hall.

Seton Hall's last-gasp desperation pass was bobbled out of bounds by Sandro Mamukelashvili. The 6-foot-11 Mamukelashvili had an open look and could have dunked home the go-ahead bucket with a clean catch.

Jermaine Samuels scored 20 points a day after he was medically cleared for Villanova (9-1, 4-0 Big East).

The Pirates (9-6, 6-3) came out 3-point happy to make it a game early and Mamukelashvili and Jared Rhoden made it a two-person show in the second half. Mamukelashvili scored 23 points and Rhoden had 19.

Myles Cale pulled Seton Hall to 72-70 with 2:33 left and Nova's Justin Moore was whistled for an offensive foul. Still a two-point game, Gillespie was also called for an offensive foul.

Mamukelashvili tied it and the Seton Hall bench started chanting “Defense! Defense!” inside the mostly empty Pavilion.

Gillespie was fouled on his drive to the basket and made both free throws with 1:09 left for a 74-72 lead. Takal Molson tied it at 74 and Villanova had a shot to go ahead with 45.4 seconds left.

Gillespie missed a 3 and Shavar Reynolds grabbed the defensive board to set up a late look for Seton Hall. Reynolds missed a 3 and Swider was fouled as a pile of bodies went up for the rebound. He made up for the first miss by hitting the tiebreaker.

Following the turnover by Mamukelashvili, another free throw by Jeremiah Robinson-Earl for Villanova with a second to go made it 76-74.

The Wildcats never looked out of practice in a torrid start from 3-point range that's been a recipe for burying Big East teams early in their decade-plus run of conference dominance.

The Pirates came to play and matched Villanova from long range. The Pirates made their first six 3-pointers - none better than Rhoden, who made three and scored 17 points.


Associated Press

January 19, 2021