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Villanova beats Oklahoma State behind 3-point barrage, advances to AdvoCare Invitational title game

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Villanova beats Oklahoma State behind 3-point barrage, advances to AdvoCare Invitational title game

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LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. — Eric Paschall had 22 points and Phil Booth added 20 as Villanova advanced to the title game of AdvoCare Invitational by beating Oklahoma State 77-58 on Friday.

The Wildcats, who made a tournament record 16 3-pointers, will play on Sunday against the winner of No. 14 Florida State's game against No. 19 LSU.

Villanova (4-2) stopped a two-game skid by beating Canisius 82-56 in Thursday's first round.

Mike Cunningham scored 15 points for Oklahoma State (3-2).

Paschall had 20 points, including six 3-pointers, as Villanova took a 42-26 halftime advantage. The Wildcats, who led by as many as 18 points, went 10 for 24 from 3-point range during the half.

Oklahoma State got within 13 before Dhamir Cosby-Roundtree's dunk put Villanova up 71-56 with two minutes remaining.

Booth's 3-pointer gave Villanova a 54-29 lead four minutes into the second half.

Oklahoma State closed to 60-47 on Cunningham's 3 with 8 1/2 minutes to go.

The Cowboys will face the Florida State-LSU loser Sunday for third place.

Villanova rebounds from rare losing streak with rout of Canisius

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Villanova rebounds from rare losing streak with rout of Canisius

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LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. — Villanova took a step forward after dropping out of the Top 25 for the first time since December 2013.

Dhamir Cosby-Roundtree had 15 points and 13 rebounds, and the defending national champion Wildcats stopped a two-game skid by beating Canisius 83-56 on Thursday in the opening round of the AdvoCare Invitational at Disney World.

"We pride ourselves on attention to detail, and as you can see right now we just don't have it," Villanova coach Jay Wright said. "We've got a lot of new guys, but it was a good step for us today. I thought a lot of good details defensively, good details on the glass."

The Wildcats outrebounded Canisius 51-24.

Oklahoma State, No. 14 Florida State and No. 19 LSU joined Villanova in Friday's semifinals.

Phil Booth also scored 15 points for the Wildcats (3-2). They will play Oklahoma State, which beat Memphis 84-64.

Villanova went from No. 8 to unranked after losing to Michigan 73-46 in a rematch of last season's national championship game and getting beaten 76-68 in overtime by Furman last week.

Wildcats stars Mikal Bridges, Jalen Brunson, Donte DiVincenzo and Omari Spellman were all selected in the NBA draft after last season's championship run.

"When we were in the AP poll we never talked about it, so when we're not we don't talk about it," Wright said. "We were looking forward to playing better and that's what I'm really pleased with."

Canisius (1-3) got 19 points from Isaiah Reese. Takal Molson, who entered averaging 21.3 per game, had 10.

The Golden Griffins got to 63-52 with 4 1/2 minutes left before Villanova pulled away.

Canisius and Memphis will meet Friday in the consolation round.

Donte DiVincenzo's bank account still waiting on 1st NBA paycheck

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Donte DiVincenzo's bank account still waiting on 1st NBA paycheck

Former Villanova star Donte DiVincenzo will make a bit more than $2 million for his rookie NBA season.The problem is, he doesn’t start getting a dime of that until Nov. 15, according to the league’s CBA. It seems as though he’s counting the minutes until that date.
 
DiVincenzo’s Bucks teammate D.J. Wilson (lanky_smoove) posted this photo of the former Wildcats standout in his Instagram story, that has the rookie holding up his phone with his bank app showing he has a grand total of $3.71 to his name.
 
Perhaps Wilson can front him a couple bucks to tide him over for the next four months until he gets his first check.