Wildcats defeat Bulldogs as Jay Wright celebrates 600th career win

By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher

No. 7 Villanova Wildcats defeated the Butler Bulldogs on Wednesday night. The Wildcats won 85-66 over the Bulldogs at Finneran Pavilion in Villanova, Pennsylvania.

With the win, the Wildcats improved to 6-1 on the season. The win gave them a 2-0 record in Big East Conference play.

Villanova Wildcats guard Justin Moore drives to the basket against the Butler Bulldogs
Villanova Wildcats guard Justin Moore drives to the basket against the Butler Bulldogs (Photo by Greg Carroccio/Sideline Photos & Villanova Wildcats Athletics)

The loss dropped the Bulldogs to 1-1. The loss dropped them to 0-1 in the Big East Conference.

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Villanova leads the Big East Conference with the 2-0 mark. The 0-1 record dropped Butler into a tie with the Creighton Bluejays, who are also 0-1.

With the win, Villanova head coach Jay Wright claimed his 600th career win. The team nearly missed out on the milestone, as Villanova President Rev. Peter M. Donohue walked through the snow to congratulate Wright on his big win.

Collin Gillespie and Jeremiah Robinson-Earl led the Wildcats with 18 points each. Gillespie had one rebound, five assists, and one steal.

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Robinson-Earl had five rebounds and four assists. Jermaine Samuels contributed 13 points and Justin Moore added 12 points.

Four of the team’s starting five players scored in double-digits. Caleb Daniels was the lone starter, who did not score in double-digits, as he had eight points.

The Wildcats had 16 bench points. Cole Swider led the bench with 8 points.

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Jair Bolden led the Bulldogs with 18 points. He also had five rebounds and two assists.

Bolden was one of three scorers, who scored in double-figures. Aaron Thompson contributed 14, while Chuck Harris had 12 points.

The Bulldogs had nine bench points. Myles Wilmoth led the bench with seven points.\

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