NOVA BATTERS BUTLER, HEADS TO BIG EAST TOURNEY AS 2-SEED

By Jill Jacobsen

Justin Moore scored 16 points and Jermaine Samuels 15 as No. 11 Villanova scorched Butler 78-59 in their regular-season finale.

The Wildcats (23-7, 16-4 Big East) will be the No. 2 seed in the conference tournament

Villanova scored 11 straight points during a 20-1 run that made it 23-4. The Wildcats were up by 28 midway through the second half.

Caleb Daniels and Collin Gillespie each scored 11 points and Jordan Longino had 10 for Villanova. The Wildcats shot 49% while holding the Bulldogs to 36%, including a 1-for-11 start.

Chuck Harris led Butler with 19 points. Bo Hodges had 12 points and six rebounds.

Villanova routed visiting Butler 82-42 on Jan. 16. That was the Bulldogs’ worst loss since No. 4 North Carolina beat them 104-64 in 1994.

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