Villanova Advances to Battle 4 Atlantis Championship

Jalen Brunson of Villanova

The Volunteers (3-0) trailed by 11 points in the first half, needed to make a late 3-pointer to force overtime and fell behind by five in the extra period before rallying for the win.

"They did a good job of switching their defenses on us and we didn't do a good job communicating".

It was a one-point game with 15:07 remaining, but the Wildcats exploded to build their double-digit lead.

Donte DiVincenzo added 12 of his 14 points in the second half. Purdue, who had a 4-0 record before the game, was viewed as a very tough opponent for the Vols because of their tremendous size advantage, and because of their explosive team offense, which was averaging 102 points per game prior to this game.

Villanova used a 23-2 run to start the second half claiming a nine point lead in the process and never gave it up as the Wildcats handed Tennessee its first loss of the season. "We're still a work in progress". "The veterans on this team such as myself need to step up and set the tone for everybody".

Thompson paced WKU with 16 points and six assists in a full 40 minutes, while senior forward Dwight Coleby tallied a double-double with 12 points and 10 rebounds. Thompson made a three pointer.

The Boilermakers will play the loser of number three Villanova or Western Kentucky University in a consolation game to conclude their trip in the Bahamas at the Battle for Atlantis. Although the Vols were able to stay in the game in the first half without solid production from him, it is unlikely the team would have been able to keep up with Purdue in the second half without him unless Turner continued to shoot lights out.

"If you told me before the game we would have only given up 27 points by the half, I would have taken it", Western Kentucky coach Rick Stansbury said. Luckily for the Vols, they would not have to find out as Williams completely turned his game around in the second half and overtime.

Villanova gained separation with a 14-2 run that enabled it to take a 48-35 lead with 10:19 left in regulation. The Hilltoppers missed three shots and committed two turnovers in that stretch. When you do, now that skill is really going to help you.

"Up until that point, I felt like I was losing the game for us", Turner said.

Trailing 73-68 with 2:45 remaining in overtime, Tennessee used a 10-2 run over the final minutes to clinch its first win over a top-25 non-conference opponent since December 14, 2014, when UT defeated No. 15 Butler. This is Villanova's second visit to this event. The Vols brought the ball up and found Turner on the wing, who buried a three pointer off a screen to tie the game at 63. The Hilltoppers haven't faced back-to-back ranked opponents since the 1993 NCAA Tournament. This left Tennessee with the chance to send the game to overtime with a three pointer.



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