A heavy thunderstorm surrounded the Pavilion when No. 11 Villanova hosted Providence, and the Wildcats replicated the weather by raining threes on their conference opponents en route to a 91-61 victory. The Wildcats (13-1, 2-0 in Big East) went 14-of-26 from downtown while the Friars (10-5, 0-2 in Big East) struggled to keep up, hitting just 4-of-9 shots from outside the arc.
The Wildcats jumped out to an early 9-0 start and never looked back. After building a 50-26 lead at halftime, Villanova tried to ease up on Providence, but the shots kept falling and the Friars kept missing. All 13 of Villanova’s players received playing time, and the Wildcats’ bench outscored the Friars by a lopsided 38-4. The Wildcats used this game to establish their dominance as Providence never came close to playing a competitive game.
The Friars had trouble taking care of the ball all night, recording 17 turnovers during the loss. Four different Wildcats had at least two steals, and Providence could not find a way to remedy its poor ball security. Defensively, the Friars allowed too many open looks for the Wildcats. Ryan Arcidiacono, James Bell and Tony Chennault combined for a perfect 8-of-8 from the field for 19 points, and 10 of the Villanova players that scored shot 50 percent or better from the field.
Both teams will continue their conference schedules on Wednesday. Another tough matchup lies ahead for Providence as they host the 10-3 Georgetown Hoyas, who are coming off a 17-point victory against St. John’s. On the other side, Villanova will look to continue its conference dominance against the 10-5 Seton Hall Pirates.