Make it two in a row for the Villanova Wildcats, as they came from 10 points down to force overtime and then push through for the win, 79-76 at Madison Square Garden on Saturday afternoon.
Maalik Wayns made it three straight games with at least 25 points for 'Nova, finishing Saturday's contest with 28 points on a very nice 10-18 day from the field. It was Wayns who hit a jumper with 30 seconds left in the game to tie it and send it to overtime.
Villanova also got what's becoming a regularly scheduled solid performance from JayVaughn Pinkston in his New York City homecoming. The freshman scored 13 points and added 12 rebounds (5 offensive). Perhaps less likely, but an important cog in today's win was Dominic Cheek, who finished with 20 points and 7 rebounds.
James Bell made it two straight strong games with 10 points, 6 rebounds and 4 steals.
Villanova trailed by as much as 10 points in the second half before a late surge, aided by some not-so-great free throw shooting from the Johnnies, allowed them to get back into the game.
Cheek and Bell both hit huge 3-pointers in overtime as Villanova launched itself into the lead with an 8-1 run, but St. John's wouldn't go away and Villanova had to fend off a last second three point attempt to secure the win.