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Villanova loses to Kansas State in overtime | Wildcats drop their third straight game

Written by on December 6, 2023

In a Tuesday night matchup in Manhattan, Kansas, the Midwestern Wildcats defeated the Philadelphia-area Wildcats, 72-71, in overtime. It’s Villanova’s first loss against Kansas State in just their second ever matchup. Villanova’s offense struggled early on, and their second half scoring could not propel them to victory.

Overall Game Stats

Villanova

Villanova shot 34.8% from the field and 35% from three at the end of the game. 31 of their 66 shots were taken from behind the arc. The Wildcats made 14 of 17 free throws on Tuesday evening. They had four players finish in double-digits: Tyler Burton, Eric Dixon, TJ Bamba, and Jordan Longino. Burton finished with a double-double. Longino scored 16 points against Kansas State, and he has now scored 29 points in his last two games. Villanova won the rebound battle, 38-34. They also had five less turnovers than Kansas State. However, the big differences were the poor first half shooting by Villanova, especially from behind the arc, and losing the paint battle, 38-22.

Kansas State

Creighton transfer, Arthur Kaluma finished the game with 26 points and nine rebounds for Kansas State. He shot 10-13 from the field in 44 minutes played. Cam Carter scored 16 points with three assists and four rebounds. Kansas State’s average leading scorer, Tylor Perry, came alive late for 10 points and six assists, including the game winning three. Kansas State shot 49% from the field and 36% from three.

Game Recap

First Half: Villanova’s Offensive Struggles Continue

The first basket of the game was a three-pointer from Justin Moore, who shot 1-11 from the field against Drexel on Saturday. Arthur Kaluma also found some points on Kansas State’s early possessions. In a back-and-forth game for the first few minutes, Villanova then made three consecutive three-pointers. At the second media timeout, Villanova converted five of their first six three-point attempts. After a 9-0 run, they lead Kansas State, 19-13 with 12:38 left.

However, Villanova started to get too confident from behind the arc and shoot too many threes. They did not make a field goal in the final eight minutes of the first half. Meanwhile, Arthur Kaluma and Kansas State built an eight-point lead at halftime after a three-point play as time expired in the first.

Villanova shot just 23.5% from the field and 25% from three in the first twenty minutes. They took six more three-point attempts than two-point attempts. Eric Dixon and Jordan Longino both had six points.

Kansas State made 13 of 28 shots (46.4%) from the field. They also knocked down four of 12 three-point attempts. Kaluma led all scorers with 17 points and eight rebounds. Cam Carter played 19 minutes in the first half with six points and two assists for Kansas State. They won the paint battle against Villanova, 16-6, in the first twenty minutes.

Second Half

The Wildcats finally found some offensive rhythm in the second half. After falling behind by ten points, Villanova went on a nice run to cut the deficit to just one point with a Jordan Longino three-pointer. A little bit later, they tied the game at 45 after a Mark Armstrong driving layup with 12:36 left to play.

However, Kaluma, Carter, and Kansas State responded with a run of their own midway in the second to take a nine-point lead with 10:17 left. Both teams would go back in forth until Villanova sustained a 6-0 run to once again trail by just one point. Hakim Hart’s three provided Villanova an opportunity to take the lead with 4:37 left in regulation. They did not convert on the following possession.

Kansas State went up by as many as six points again, but Jordan Longino and Villanova came back to tie the game at 63 with 59 seconds left. Hakim Hart grabbed a steal from Tylor Perry and the Wildcats had a chance to win with about 20 seconds left. However, Villanova did not get a good shot and Bamba settled for a fade away long two, which missed the basket. Villanova and Kansas State would go to overtime in Manhattan, Kansas.

Overtime: Tylor Perry’s Game Winning Three

This was Kansas State’s third straight overtime game. Villanova started out overtime with three of four made free throws: two from Burton and one from Longino. Villanova and Kansas State would exchange baskets for the next couple of minutes. Kansas State trailed by just one point after a Tylor Perry layup with 1:53 left to play. Coach Neptune called timeout.

Out of the timeout, Eric Dixon knocked down a huge three from the top of arc to give Villanova a 71-67 lead with just 80 seconds left in overtime. David N’Guessan then made a layup with 48 seconds remaining to cut the Villanova lead to just two points. The Wildcats could win with a basket. Longino missed a jump shot to give Kansas State the opportunity to tie or take the lead with about 20 seconds left. After a timeout by Kansas State, Tylor Perry made a step back three to win the game with less than four seconds to play. Coach Neptune emphasized how close they were to winning the game with just one stop needed: “Really close to getting a stop. That’s how the game goes sometimes.” Villanova had a chance with just three seconds left, but they could not get a shot off in time.

Justin Moore Injury Update

According to the Villanova Men’s Basketball official X account, Justin Moore suffered a right knee sprain in the first half. He played just 8:18 in the game and did not return. When asked about Moore’s injury, Coach Neptune replied, “Justin is our leader. He’s been that for the whole year. I was really proud of the guys that rallied and stepped up in his absence.”

In response to the overtime loss to Kansas State, Coach Neptune said, “Just battled tonight. Proud of the way our guys competed all the way to the end. Hats off to Kansas State. They did a great job.”

Game Thoughts + WXVU Coverage on Saturday

The score definitely could have been worse for Villanova. Despite not scoring in the final eight minutes of the first half, Villanova stayed in the game and took Kansas State to overtime to lose by just one point. However, the Wildcats drop to 6-4. They will play UCLA next on Saturday at 7pm at the Wells Fargo Center. WXVU has live coverage of Saturday’s game beginning at 6:30pm with the pregame show followed by tipoff at 7pm. Steve and I will recap this game and preview the game against UCLA tomorrow on Villanova Sports Talk at 11:30am. We have a full hour of Villanova sports coverage tomorrow, including a conversation with Ryan Fannon at 12pm discussing Villanova football.