The No. 2-seeded Villanova Wildcats defeated the No. 5 Houston Cougars, 50-44, within the Elite Eight on Saturday night time to advance to the Closing 4.
In a defensive battle, the Wildcats restricted Houston to simply 29.8 pictures from the sector and simply 5.0 p.c from three factors.
Villanova’s Jermaine Samuels led all scorers with 16 factors to go together with 10 rebounds. Samuel was certainly one of solely two goalscorers to complete in double figures. Houston’s Taze Moore completed with 15 factors, 10 rebounds and an help.
Guard Collin Gillespie, Villanova’s prime scorer (15.9 PPG), has been restricted to simply six factors and 5 boards, whereas ahead Justin Moore, who has averaged 15.0 PPG this season, has scored eight factors earlier than leaving the sport with a late lower-body damage.
Villanova held Houston scoreless for over two minutes to start out the sport whereas totaling 9 of the sport’s first 11 factors.
The Wildcats held a seven-point lead over Houston at halftime, 27-20, main by as a lot as 11 factors within the first half.
Nova needed to maintain again Houston, who minimize the Wildcats’ result in simply two with lower than six minutes left within the second half, however the Cougars scored simply 4 factors the remainder of the best way.
Villanova grew to become the primary crew from the Elite Eight to advance to the Closing 4 in New Orleans. The Wildcats will play winner No. 1 Kansas towards No. 10 Miami.
That is the Wildcats’ fourth journey to the Closing 4 since 2009. Villanova has reached the Closing 4 seven instances in program historical past, progressing inside a sport of the nationwide title in 1939, 1971, 1985, 2009, 2016 and 2018.
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