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Villanova beat Providence by 30 points at home on Jan. 5 in the first meeting this season.

Tyler Harris had nailed a 3-pointer to give Providence a 66-63 edge on its first possession of the first possession of OT.

Villanova was clinging to a 63-60 edge in the closing minute when Henton nailed a 3 from the right wing for his first basket - and points - of the game with 20.4 seconds left.

Arcidiacono missed a long 3 in the closing seconds and Providence rushed the ball up with Henton quickly releasing a 10-foot jumper that rolled off the rim just as the buzzer sounded, sending the game to OT.

Villanova, coming off a 19-point loss at Creighton on Sunday, played tight man-to-man defense from the start, but it didn’t matter because Providence’s hot shooting was too much for the Wildcats.

The Friars nailed nine of their initial 13 shots from the floor en route to a 22-13 lead 9 minutes into the first half. Fortune had 10 points in the opening minutes.

The teams were tied at 33 at halftime.