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Villanova vs. La Salle game recap: 'Cats down Explorers 84-70

The Wildcats may have pulled their starters early but hang on to beat LaSalle in a North Philly Big 5 showdown.

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The final score of Villanova's 84-70 victory doesn't reflect the cushion Villanova maintained throughout their win over the LaSalle Explorers. Dylan Ennis led the way with 15 points, 9 assists and 3 rebounds.  Daniel Ochefu was perfect from the field in a 10 point, 8 rebound performance.

The Wildcats (7-0) jumped out to an 18 point lead at the half and there was never really much question about this outcome.  As a result, Jay Wright started to give minutes out that were more in tune with early season tune-up games than a tightly fought Big 5 matchup.  He rested his starters midway through the second half.  This allowed LaSalle (4-3) to make a bit of a run over the last few minutes, reducing a lead that was over 20 to a lead of 10 points with about two minutes to play.  Wright reinserted the starters at that point who saw to putting LaSalle down for good.

Daniel Ochefu and Dylan Ennis continue to lead the way for the Wildcats.  Both have a special type of athleticism for their respective frames, 'Chef with stellar hands, mobility and quickness and Ennis with speed, strength and explosive leaping ability.  Ryan Arcidiacono was wearing a wrap around his left wrist which is something worth monitoring in the following weeks.

Villanova takes on St. Joe's in the Holy War on Saturday at 1:00 P.M. at the Pavilion prior to a 4:00 P.M. FCS Football playoff against Liberty University in Villanova Stadium.  It will be a great day to be on campus.