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Wildcats get Revenge against Friars at Wells Fargo Center

Philadelphia PA: The grind of conference play keeps going in the Big East as the Villanova Wildcats took on Providence Friars from the Wells Fargo Center in South Philadelphia on Saturday Afternoon. Villanova enters the game ranked number 1 and with a (18-1, 6-1 in Big East) and off a blowout win over Seton Hall on January 16 while Providence comes into battle against Wildcats with (13-7, 3-4 in Big East) and off a win also against Seton Hall on January 14.  Providence came to Wells Fargo Center last year and took down Villanova in OT.

Villanova won tip to start the game and opened the scoring on 3 pointer by Josh Hart for the early 3-0 lead, Kyron Cartwright would get Providence on the board. The Wildcats would jump out to early lead and Providence went on run and tied game at 12 with 10:52 left. Wildcats would re grown the lead to 10 at 28-18 with 4:40 left then Providence would hit 3 pointer which saw then chop into the lead as Villanova would take a 35-31 lead at halftime.

Providence got ball to start the 2nd half and the Wildcats would make the pay as they went on 8-2 run to start the 2nd half as Wildcats were in control of this game with the lead as high as 20 with 64-44 with 9:06 left. The Friars would not go away, their 3 pointers would keep them in the game as they cut into the lead and get it down to 10 at 64-54 with 5:48 left.  Villanova would answer the Providence run and put the game out of reach but Friars made 3 pointer to make the final not look so bad. A crowd of 18,731 saw the Wildcats get some revenge with a 78-68 win over Providence. With the win, Villanova goes to (19-1, 7-1 in Big East) and now look forward to game at Marquette on January 24 & Providence falls to (13-8,3-5 in Big East) and now have to rebound and take on St John’s on January 25.

Final Stats:

Villanova Wildcats:
Josh Hart: 25 points, 6 rebounds, 4 assists
Kris Jenkins: 19 points, 4 rebounds, 4 assists
Mikal Bridges: 15 points, 3 rebounds, 4 assists

Providence Friars:
Rodney Bullock: 17 points, 5 rebounds
Jalen Lindsey: 14 Points, 1 rebound
Isaiah Jackson & Kyron Cartwright each with 12 Points


Villanova Coach Jay Wright:

Providence coach Ed Cooley: