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No. 14 Villanova survives scare, beats DePaul 79-75 in OT


With the national championship stars gone, a new era of Wildcats are finding out what they need to win in the rugged Big East, and Gillespie showed them the way.


Moore buried a 3 to start the rally and Jalen Coleman-Lands connected on a corner 3 with 31.5 seconds to go that made it 67-65 and silenced the Villanova crowd.


The Blue Demons stunned Villanova early, and when Moore buried a 3 from the top of the arc and Nick Ogenda followed with a second-chance layup, they led 21-8 and forced Nova to call timeout.


Gillespie hit back-to-back 3s, sank two free throws and buried a 3 after DePaul was whistled for an offensive foul, and suddenly the Wildcats were within two.


Swider tied it on two free throws and Bey sent the Pavilion into a frenzy with a big bucket down low that sent the Wildcats into halftime with a 30-28 lead.


And then we've also got to understand when we're in that mode in late games, how to do a good job of making sure the other team doesn't score and get positive results on offense.”






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