VILLANOVA, Pa. (AP) — Darrun Hilliard and James Bell scored 11 points each to lead No. 8 Villanova to a 67-48 victory over Butler on Wednesday night.
The Wildcats (25-3, 13-2 Big East) survived one of their worst 20 minutes of the season to win for the ninth time in 10 games.
They needed almost the first 10 minutes of the game to score 10 points, missed eight of their first nine 3-point attempts, and didn’t have a player reach double digits in scoring until midway through the second half.
Villanova put up the kind of numbers that usually lead to a loss. Not against the lowly Bulldogs (12-16, 2-14).
The Bulldogs were even worse, shooting only 26 percent in the first half, and they lost their seventh straight game.
The Wildcats had a small hot streak at the end of the first half, making 5 of 6 shots, to build enough of a cushion and slowly pull away.