By Sam Phifer
On March 2nd, Butler University’s Men’s Basketball Team travelled out to Philadelphia to square off against the Villanova Wildcats at the Wells Fargo Center.
The Bulldogs fell to the Wildcats by a score of 75-54 during the contest. Giving them an overall record of 15-14 and a Big East record of 6-10 on the season.
The win bumped the Wildcats up to 22-8 overall and 13-4 in the Big East.
Butler came out firing on all cylinders early in the game, tallying a nine point lead with just over eight minutes to play in the first half. Then, Villanova came roaring back making a 10-0 run that put them ahead of the Bulldogs by a score of 27-23.
Going into halftime, the Wildcats had a slim 33-30 lead on the Dawgs. The first half was led by Aaron Thompson with six points and two assists for Butler while Phil Booth led the way for the home team with 13 points and two assists as well.
During the second half Butler was outscored 42-24 with big numbers from Phil Booth, Eric Paschall, and Saddiq Bey who combined for a total of 27 points in the half for Villanova.
On Butler’s side Paul Jorgensen lead the way with nine points in the half.
After a tough loss to the reigning champions, the Bulldogs are looking to bounce back with their remaining games, and make a run for the NCAA Tournament.