November 25, 2019 / 12:31 AM / 16 days ago

No. 24 Baylor beats No. 17 Villanova to win Myrtle Beach title

Jared Butler scored 22 points, MaCio Teague added 18 and No. 24 Baylor defeated No. 17 Villanova 87-78 to capture the championship in the Myrtle Beach Invitational on Sunday.

Davion Mitchell had 13 for the Bears (5-1), who won a preseason tournament for the third year in a row.

Tristan Clark’s dunk and layup, and Butler’s two free throws in the final 1:30 helped to seal the win. Butler was named the tournament’s Most Outstanding Player.

Collin Gillespie paced Villanova (4-2) with 27 points, Saddiq Bey added 16 and Jeremiah Robinson-Earl had 12 points and 11 rebounds. Cole Swider scored 11 points. The Wildcats had won a preseason tournament in each of the past six seasons.

Gillespie scored 10 of Villanova’s first 15 points as it took a 15-14 lead eight minutes into the game.

Butler hit a deep 3-pointer and followed with a layup to put Baylor ahead 21-17 with 9:18 remaining.

Baylor’s Freddie Gillespie gathered a tough offensive rebound in between two Villanova players, kicked it out to Teague for a trey, and the Bears led 36-34 with 1:46 remaining before halftime.

Bey was fouled on a 3-pointer with 0.4 seconds left and made all three shots to give the Wildcats a 41-38 advantage at halftime.

Collin Gillespie paced Villanova with 16 points at the break, while Matthew Mayer led the Bears with 10.

Swider moved into double figures with a twisting drive to the basket for a 48-46 Villanova advantage less than four minutes into the second half.

Freddie Gillespie corralled another tough offensive rebound, hit two free throws and closed Baylor within 52-51.

Jermaine Samuels responded with a trey, and Robinson-Earl added a layup for a 57-51 Wildcats lead with 12:49 left.

Baylor scored the next six points for the seventh tie to equalize at 57.

The Bears took a 72-67 lead when Butler drained a trey from the wing, and Teague added two free throws with 4:58 left.

With Baylor ahead 79-73, Mitchell drew a charge against Bey for the turnover and 2:03 to go.

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