Villanova outscored Providence by 10-4 in the final six minutes to force overtime before defeating the Friars, 52-50, in the first round of the Big East tournament on Friday in Hartford, Conn.
Devon Kane scored 13 points for the 14th-seeded Wildcats (12-18), including the final two of the game on a layup with just over a minute remaining. Villanova outscored No. 11 seed Providence, 6-4, in overtime. The Cats will face sixth-seeded Louisville on Saturday at 8 p.m.
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