National Basketball Association
Villanova 82, Butler 42
When: 12:00 PM ET, Sunday, January 16, 2022
Where: Wells Fargo Center, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Officials: # Carl Gaffney, # Roger Ayers, # Jeffrey Anderson
Attendance: 17009

Collin Gillespie scored 17 points and Justin Moore added 15 to pace No. 14 Villanova to an 82-42 rout of Butler on Sunday in Philadelphia.

Jermaine Samuels and Eric Dixon contributed 14 points apiece for the Wildcats (13-4, 6-1 Big East), who won their sixth straight game.

Villanova made 12 of 19 attempts from 3-point range.

Chuck Harris had 15 points and Bryce Nze added 10 for Butler (9-7, 2-3).

Villanova made seven of its first eight shots and jumped out to a quick 15-2 lead.

Dixon's layup with 11:12 remaining gave the Wildcats a 19-4 advantage.

Bo Hodges, who was playing in just his second game following a knee injury, hit a difficult shot in the lane on Butler's next possession.

Gillespie came right back with a 3-pointer and Villanova extended its lead to 16.

Harris made a 3-pointer from the wing with 4:37 left and the Bulldogs closed within 31-20.

Villanova scored the next five points, capped by Gillespie's 3-pointer, and the lead extended once again to 16.

The Wildcats led 39-23 at halftime thanks in large part to Gillespie's 11 points on 4-of-4 shooting.

Harris paced Butler with eight points.

Villanova came out aggressive in the second half and immediately broke the game open with a 12-0 run for a 51-23 lead. Moore hit two 3-pointers, Samuels added a three-point play and Gillespie made a 3-pointer from the wing.

Butler missed its first seven shots in the second half, including five 3-point attempts.

Nze snapped the skid with a 3-pointer from the corner, but the Bulldogs still trailed by 25.

Villanova continued to sparkle offensively as Dixon threw down a dunk with 11:24 to go for a 58-26 lead.

Gillespie and Caleb Daniels connected on consecutive 3-pointers and the lead ballooned to 71-33 with 7:20 left.

The Wildcats cruised to the victory from there.

--Field Level Media

Top Game Performances
Butler   Villanova
Chuck Harris 15 Scoring Collin Gillespie 17
Jair Bolden 1 Assists Justin Moore 5
Bo Hodges 4 Rebounds Justin Moore 7
Jayden Taylor 2 Free Throws Made Jermaine Samuels 6
Myles Tate 1 Steals Bryan Antoine 1
Jair Bolden 1 Blocks Justin Moore 2
Team Stats Summary
Team Points FG% 3PM-3PA FTM-FTA Assists Rebounds Blocks Steals Turnovers
Butler 42 30.8 7-26 3-6 5 17 3 1 12
Villanova 82 59.6 12-19 14-15 21 32 2 6 11