|| Gary Buchanan
Superb long distance marksman ... Also can take it to the goal... Most accomplished free throw shooter in school history ... An improved defender ... Has scored 1,399 points in three seasons on the Main Line.
Paced the ‘Cats in scoring (17.8 ppg) and minutes (1124) ... Named Honorable Mention All-Big East ... Named to second team All-Philadelphia Big Five ... Also took home second consecutive Sy Kaselman Free Throw Award for second year in a row ... Scored 21 points to lead Villanova past Syracuse 78-64 in opening round of the Big East Tournament ... A strained right Achilles tendon limited him to 23 minutes on Feb. 28 vs. Syracuse ... Led the ‘Cats with 23 points in a 69-67 loss at Boston College on Feb. 23 ... Hit two clutch 3-pointers in last four minutes of Villanova’s 58-57 victory over No. 15 UCLA on Feb. 9 ... Finished with 20 points ... Connected on six-of-nine 3-point field goal attempts in a 84-77 win over Virginia Tech on Jan. 30 ... Made a career high seven 3-point field goals en route to 28 points in a 102-73 win over St. Joseph’s on Jan. 28 ... Philadelphia Big Five Co-Player of the Week for Jan. 21 ... Recorded a new career high with 34 points in a 77-75 win at Virginia Tech on Jan. 15 ... Connected on 10-of-20 from the field, including 6-of-11 on 3-point field goal attempts ... Also added eight rebounds ... Scored 22 points and grabbed eight rebounds in an 88-81 overtime loss to Boston College on Jan. 9 ... A 3-point field goal with 16:24 to go in the second half of a 67-44 win over Delaware State on Dec. 28 gave him his 1,000th career point ... Notched the first double-double of his career with 22 points and 11 rebounds in 75-74 loss at Pennsylvania on Dec. 5 ... Tied his career high with 30 points, including 22 in the second half, to spark Villanova’s rally from 14-point halftime deficit in 59-57 win over Dayton on Nov. 24 ... Dropped in 20 points in 28 minutes to help lift Villanova past Grambling State on Nov. 21.
His .942 percentage from the free throw line topped the nation in that department ... Established new Division I NCAA record for consecutive made free throws when he sank a pair with 4:46 remaining in the second half against Pennsylvania to advance streak to 65 straight ... Ultimately converted 73 in a row from Nov. 17 (at Duke) to Feb. 12 (at Georgetown), a span of 21 games ... Finished as the Wildcats’ second leading scorer (13.4 ppg) and assist man (3.3 apg) ... Named to Philadelphia Big Five second team and took home that group’s Sy Kaselman Award for free throw shooting excellence ... Added 19 points and nine rebounds in a 71-55 win over St. John’s on Feb. 25 ... Connected on a long 3-point field goal with 15 seconds left to lift VU to a 59-56 win at Georgetown on Feb. 12 ... However, streak of consecutive free throws ended at 73 with 4.6 seconds left when he missed first of two attempts ... Led the Wildcats with 21 points and nine rebounds in a 74-60 victory over Connecticut at the First Union Center on Feb. 10 ... Scored 18 points and extended his own school mark of consecutive made free throws to 59 in a 90-80 loss to Boston College on Jan. 27 ... Posted his second 10-of-10 performance at the line on Jan. 24 at Connecticut ... With his third free throw in the first half against the Huskies he broke his own school record of 45 consecutive free throws ...Grabbed a career-high nine rebounds in an 85-83 win at Virginia Tech on Jan. 6 ... Also scored 13 points and delivered four assists ... His two free throws with 15.3 seconds left iced a 67-63 win over Rutgers on Jan. 2 ... Contributed 19 points and six rebounds in that outing ... Added some effective defense to help slow Rasual Butler in waning moments of 79-72 victory over La Salle on Dec. 14 ... Drained five 3-point field goals and tied a career rebounding high with seven boards in 69-62 win over Temple on Dec. 5 ...Contributed 20 points and six rebounds in the 101-85 win over Fairfield in the first round of the preseason NIT on Nov. 14.
Named to Big East All-Rookie Team on March 7 ... Finished second in scoring (12.5 ppg) among the Wildcats and averaged 16.5 ppg over his last 14 games ... Led Cats with 18 points in 73-62 first round NIT win over Delaware ... Scored 37 points in first two Big East Tournament games of his career, including 18 vs. Pittsburgh (Mar. 8) and 19 vs. St. John’s (Mar. 9) ... Also added career high seven assists in 75-70 loss to Red Storm ... Led the Wildcats in scoring with 16 points in 79-67 loss at Boston College on March 4 ... Attained new career high in rebounds with seven in 77-72 win over Providence on March 1 ... Shared team scoring honors with Malik Allen in a 17 point effort against Seton Hall on Feb. 26 ... However his consecutive free throw streak ended at 45 when he missed with 1:05 left in 87-74 Villanova win ... Named co-Big East Rookie of the Week on Feb. 21 with Boston College’s Troy Bell ... Played a huge role in 68-61 win over St. Joseph’s on Feb. 17, scoring 24 points including a bank shot with 2:41 to go which gave Wildcats a cushion in tight battle ... Connected on seven free throws to break Tom Sienkiewicz school record for consecutive free throws made (30) ... Established a new career best with 28 points in 87-77 win over West Virginia on Feb. 15 ... Chipped in with 16 points and a career high six assists in 86-69 win over Notre Dame on Feb. 8 ... Converted four huge free throws in last three minutes of 72-69 win at Georgetown on Feb. 5 ... Finished with 13 points and six assists ... Led Villanova to a 78-75 win over Georgia on Jan. 30 ... Scored 24 points, including 6-of-10 on 3-point field goal attempts ... Tabbed CBS Chevrolet Player of the Game ... Named Co- Big East Rookie of the Week on Jan. 31 with Seton Hall’s Darius Lane ... Poured in 20 points in 79-70 defeat at Pittsburgh on Jan 27 ... Scored 11 points in a 67-59 win over Boston College on Jan. 13 ... Produced 13 points in a 71-64 loss at Seton Hall on Jan. 4 ... Named Big East Rookie of the Week on Jan. 3 ... Also added 13 points in Dec. 30 win over Wake Forest to complete an excellent Outrigger Rainbow Classic ... Came to the Wildcats rescue on Dec. 29 vs. Bradley ... Notched new career highs with 25 points, five rebounds and 31 minutes in 63-62 overtime victory.
ST. THOMAS MORE
Averaged 18 points, six assists and six rebounds per game in 1998-99 ... Connected on .410 percent of his attempts from beyond the 3-point arc ... Named to All-Tournament team at New England Prep School Championships.
Enrolled in the School of Arts & Sciences ... Born 6/30/80 ... One of three children of Crystal Buchanan ... Scored 2,330 points in four years at Valley Park High School in St. Louis, Missouri.
BUCHANAN'S CAREER STATS
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