NCAA Game Summary - Syracuse at Villanova
(Saturday, January 26th)
Final Score: Villanova 75, (3) Syracuse 71 (OT)
Philadelphia, PA (Sports Network) - Villanova might want to schedule all of
its games at the Wells Fargo Center.
The Wildcats welcomed their second top-five opponent of the week to their home
away from home in south Philadelphia and won each game, following up Tuesday's
triumph over No. 5 Louisville with a 75-71 overtime victory over third-ranked
Syracuse to hand the Orange their first conference loss of the season.
Ryan Arcidiacono drilled the tying 3-pointer in the waning seconds to send the
contest to overtime for Villanova and James Bell hit a pair from beyond the
arc in the extra period for the Wildcats (13-7, 4-3 Big East), who had lost
three straight entering this week.
"What a week for us," said Villanova coach Jay Wright. "We played really
The Orange (18-2, 6-1) tried to nurse a six-point lead late in regulation, but
failed to score after C.J. Fair's jumper with 3:36 to play made it 61-55. The
Wildcats pulled within 61-58 with 1:06 left after a free throw by Mouphtaou
Yarou and had a chance to tie after a Syracuse empty trip, but Arcidiacono
misfired from beyond the arc with 19.9 seconds left. Michael Carter-Williams,
though, missed the front end of a 1-and-1, giving Villanova another chance.
Bell missed from beyond the arc, but Yarou grabbed the offensive rebound and
fired back out to Arcidiacono, who drilled an off-balance three with 2.2
seconds remaining to send the game to overtime as Carter-Williams' half-court
heave came up empty.
"Mouphtaou was beast and got me the ball. I put it up and luckily it went in,"
said Arcidiacono about the shot at the end of regulation.
In overtime, Bell didn't miss. His first three gave Villanova a 66-64 lead and
his second made it 69-65 with 1:55 remaining. Brandon Triche made two at the
line to trim the deficit and had a chance to tie it from the stripe on the
next Syracuse trip, but made only 1-of-2 with 47 seconds to play.
Bell then converted a layup and Syracuse was unable to answer. Carter-Williams
made just one free throw with 21 seconds left and JayVaughn Pinkston left the
Orange with one more chance after he missed the second of two from the line.
However, Triche tried to go for the quick two and missed a tough layup,
allowing the Wildcats to finally seal it from the stripe. Villanova won
despite making only 18-of-30 free throws.
"You could see why Syracuse could win the national championship," Wright
added. "They keep coming. We had some big-time stops down the stretch. To beat
a good team in this league, you have to play at a high level of consistency."
Bell finished with 13 points and Arcidiacono added 10 in the victory. Darrun
Hilliard led Villanova with a career-high 25 points, while Yarou contributed
14 with 16 rebounds before fouling out late in the extra session.
Triche scored 23 for Syracuse, which had an eight-game winning streak stopped,
while Carter-Williams chipped in 17. Jerami Grant finished with 12 points off
the bench before fouling out in regulation.
"We missed a lot of shots around the basket," said Syracuse coach Jim Boeheim,
whose team shot just 33.3 percent. "You can't do that on the road."
Villanova scored the first 10 points of the contest before a Fair bucket
spurred a run of seven straight Syracuse points, but the Wildcats again kicked
it into gear and opened a 20-9 advantage midway through the opening half on a
jumper by Yarou.
The lead reached as much as 12 points a couple of minutes later as a basket
from Pinkston made it 25-13, but Syracuse answered with the next eight and
pulled as close as 27-24 on a three by Triche with 1:22 to play in the half.
Villanova followed with the next five before a layup by Triche sent the Orange
to the break down 32-26.
Grant scored the first seven points of the second half and his three gave the
Orange their first lead of the game, 33-32. Villanova scored the next five
before Syracuse later reeled off seven straight for a 44-39 edge. The Wildcats
followed with a 10-3 run for a 49-47 lead with just over eight minutes to play
and the Orange later scored seven in a row for a 59-53 cushion with 4:25 left
The teams split the season series, as Syracuse earned a 72-61 victory at the
Carrier Dome just 14 days ago ... It was the last scheduled meeting as Big
East rivals, with Syracuse set to join the ACC next season. The Orange lead
the all-time series, 38-32 ... Baye Moussa Keita also fouled out for Syracuse
... Fair scored 10 points and grabbed nine rebounds in defeat ... Both of
Syracuse's losses have come against Philadelphia-area teams, as the Orange
dropped an 83-79 decision against Temple at Madison Square Garden in December.
01/26 15:00:18 ET
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