Gillespie nets 31, No. 10 Villanova beats No. 8 Brothers 89-84
February 16, 2022
Prior to Tuesday night's showdown, which was televised live on CBS Sports Network, I was asked to find a key for the Villanova-Providence game. Villanova never tracked back in the second half, but Providence trenched ahead 82-80 with 50 seconds to go following a driving layup by Al Durham. Still, while I have to say this was an eight-point game with two seconds remaining, would have been unchanged had Jared Bynum not sank an otherwise meaningless 3-pointer at the buzzer, it is still true that the Friars ended up losing a game that would have been decided by five points or less. Look up the Wildcats to outstrip Friars in the post-season polls, but Providence won't fall too far after playing some of the best basketball games in the Big East up until that point. Durham missed on the other side and Villanova had a chance to clear up at the free throw line. Villanova's great junior stopped 17 shots, made 10 of them and finished with 33 points, four rebounds and 37 assists. It was a big win for the Wildcats, who came into the game tied for second by a 5-4 victory. Providence has four days to fill up before being able to visit Butler Sunday.