NEW YORK – Ryan Arcidiacono hit two free throws with 3.1 seconds left after a questionable foul call, and fourth-ranked Villanova (31-2) escaped Providence 63-61 on Friday night and returned to the Big East title game for the first time since 1997.
The Friars' Kris Dunn, who shared conference Player of the Year honors with Arcidiacono but outplayed him Friday, made a layup off a turnover to tie it with 12.4 seconds remaining. Arcidiacono then drove to the hoop and Ben Bentil, whose steal and assist led to the tying basket, was called for a foul even though replays appeared to show little contact.
Providence scoring leader LaDontae Henton ended a rough night by missing a long three-pointer at the buzzer that would have won it.
Dunn had 22 points, nine assists and seven rebounds for the fourth-seeded Friars (22-11)