|Big East Tournament - Xavier Falls 71-67 Against Villanova - Game Recap|
Phil Booth scored 28 points for Villanova on Friday, leading them to a 71-67 victory over Xavier at Madison Square Garden.
Villanova earned a straight-up victory but suffered an ATS defeat in failing to cover the -6.5-point spread.
Villanova got 17 points from Jermaine Samuels and another 12 points from Eric Paschall. Phil Booth contributed 5 assists, while Jermaine Samuels cleaned the glass with 9 rebounds.
Xavier got a 28-point performance from Paul Scruggs, who was supported by 18 points from Zach Hankins. Quentin Goodin had 8 assists in a losing cause for Xavier, while Paul Scruggs grabbed 11 rebounds.
Villanova was losing at the break before taking care of business in the second half.