Recap: Purdue vs. Villanova
New York, NY (Sports Network) - Darrun Hilliard scored five of his game-high 22 points in the final minute of regulation and Villanova dominated in overtime as the Wildcats pulled out an 89-81 victory over the Purdue Boilermakers in as part of the 2K Sports Classic at Madison Square Garden.
Ryan Arcidiacono finished with 18 points and JayVaugh Pinkston added 16 for Villanova (3-0). James Bell chipped in 15 points and nine rebounds off the bench.
D.J. Byrd paced Purdue (1-2) with 16 points. Terone Johnson had 13 points, Ronnie Johnson added 12 off the bench and Donnie Hale tacked on 11.
Villanova headed into halftime with a 35-29 lead after shooting 44.4 percent from the floor including a 4-of-11 effort from beyond the arc in the first half. Purdue lagged behind at 34.2 percent shooting with just a 1-of-8 performance from 3-point range.
The Boilermakers stormed back in the second half and led by eight, 72-64, with 1:27 remaining. The Wildcats wouldn't fold however, and ended the game on a 11-3 run capped by a pair of free throws from Arcidiacono with 43 seconds left that tied the game 75-75.
On the final play of regulation Arcidiacono drove into the lane and attempted a floater that rattled off the rim. On the rebound the ball was tipped in by Daniel Ochefu apparently giving the Wildcats the win. However, after conferring with the replay the referees ruled that time had expired before the ball left Ochefu's hands, sending the game to overtime.
Bell hit a 3-pointer early in the extra frame to break the tie and the Wildcats never looked back outscoring the Boilermakers 14-6 in the overtime session.
Villanova advances to the 2K Sports Classic against Alabama while Purdue will matchup in the consolation round with Oregon State.Game Notes