College Basketball Wrapup HART’S CAREER-HIGH 37 POINTS, DO-IT-ALL EFFORT LEAD NO. 1 VILLANOVA OVER NO. 23 IRISH
newark, n.j.» Josh Hart scored a career-high 37 points and No. 1 Villanova rallied from an 11-point deficit to beat No. 23 Notre Dame 74-66 on Saturday at the Prudential Center.
“He’s as good as any player in the country is and he’s so complete. He will do whatever it takes to win a game and he has the ability to do it and at the right time,” Villanova coach Jay Wright said of his senior guard. “He got big rebounds at the end of the game. He got offensive rebounds, he scored, he made passes, he made free throws, he defended. He did everything. He’s as complete a player as we’ve ever had.”
Hart was the only Villanova player to score double figures. He was 10-of-14 from the field, including 3-of-4 from behind the arc, and he made all 14 of his free throw attempts.
Matt Farrell and Steve Vasturia each had 18 points for Notre Dame. Villanova took its first lead of the game at 57-56 with 9:15 left.