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Final Score: Villanova 87, DePaul 62

Villanova has its way with DePaul before a Sunday showdown in Omaha

Jonathan Daniel

Darrun Hilliard led Villanova with 22 points, while Jayvaughn Pinkston had a double-double with 14 points and eleven rebounds in the No. 6 Wildcats' 87-62 trouncing of DePaul.

Nova had five players in double-figures, including James Bell, who had 16m and Ryan Arcidiacono, who converted four of the season-high 15 3-pointers for Villanova (22-2, 10-1).

They opened up a three-game road trip with a win against a struggling DePaul club (10-15, 2-10), now losers of seven straight. Brandon Young had a season-high 27 points for the Blue Demons, and Sandi Marcius would add 10 points to go with seven rebounds. They came out the gates strong, matching the No. 2 offense in the BIG East, making six of their first eight shots. DePaul then reverted back to their sloppy style of play - turning the ball over, too many missed shots - that allowed the Wildcats to pull away.

Villanova began to pull away in the middle of the first half, using an 11-0 run to take a 37-22 lead. They wouldn't let up, going into halftime with a 19-point lead, and shooting 55% from the field. The Wildats are ready for a huge conference game against Creighton this Saturday in Omaha, a game which could decide the BIG East regular season title.