NEW YORK (AP) — Kris Jenkins scored 21 points and No. 3 Villanova smothered Providence stars Ben Bentil and Kris Dunn on defense, advancing to the Big East championship game with a 76-68 victory Friday night at Madison Square Garden.

Ryan Arcidiacono added 15 points and a headlong dive over the press table, landing two or three rows deep Derek Jeter-style. Hobbled center Daniel Ochefu scored all eight of his points in the final 6:41, helping the top-seeded Wildcats (29-4) hold on down the stretch.

NEW YORK, NY - MARCH 11:  Darryl Reynolds #45 and Kris Jenkins #2 of the Villanova Wildcats try to keep the rebound from Rodney Bullock #5 of the Providence Friars during the semifinals of the Big East Basketball Tournament on March 11, 2016  at Madison Square Garden in New York City.  (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

NEW YORK, NY – MARCH 11: Darryl Reynolds #45 and Kris Jenkins #2 of the Villanova Wildcats try to keep the rebound from Rodney Bullock #5 of the Providence Friars during the semifinals of the Big East Basketball Tournament on March 11, 2016 at Madison Square Garden in New York City. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

They will try to win their second consecutive tournament title when they face the Seton Hall-Xavier winner on Saturday night.

Stars on both sides were shut down in a tightly called game that left both coaches seething at the officials.

Bentil, who scored 38 points in a quarterfinal win over Butler, was held to a season-low three and fouled out midway through the second half. He came in leading the Big East at 21.7 per game.

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