BUFFALO, NY – Villanova overcame a first-half challenge from 15th-seeded Milwaukee to take their second round matchup 73-53. The Wildcats locked down their defense after a first half that saw them up only four on the Panthers, allowing them to pull away and advance to face Connecticut on Saturday.
Sophomore Austin Arians of Milwaukee led all scorers with 17 points, but only one other Panther was able to crack double-digits on a day that saw the team shoot just over 28 percent from the field. Darrun Hilliard led Villanova with 16 points, while JayVaughn Pinkston put in 13 to go along with eight rebounds on the night.
Gary Cohen and Kevin Grevey called the action on WestwoodOne Sports.
(JJ Panoske gets an early block to set the tone)
(Austin Arians hits back to back threes to put Milwaukee up 21-16)
(JayVaughn Pinkston dunk caps a 9-0 run for Villanova)
(James Bell steals and goes coast to coast for a 48-39 ‘Nova lead)
(Kris Jenkins hits a three to seal up the win for the Panthers)
(Final call as Villanova advances to face Connecticut on Saturday)
(Postgame interview with Villanova’s JayVaughn Pinkston)
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