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Seton Hall vs. Villanova recap: Wildcats defeat Pirates at The Pavillon

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Ochefu's big night leads the Wildcats past the Pirates.

Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports

Villanova and Seton Hall played a game at The Pavillon on Wednesday night.

Villanova doesn't lose games at The Pavillon.

Villanova defeated Seton Hall 73-62.  Here are three things we learned.

Villanova's defense was punishing

Seton Hall was held to a season-low 62 points thanks to smothering defense from the Wildcats.

Villanova came into this game as a top 10 defensive team in the country, and they showed why tonight, holding the Pirates to a 35.6 FG%, and forcing 12 turnovers.

Kris Jenkins and Jalen Brunson each grabbed a pair of steals for the Wildcats.

Seton Hall put up a fight

The Pirates deserve a lot of credit. Villanova was held to their lowest scoring output since their two Thanksgiving weekend games in Brooklyn.

Although unable to seal the deal, Seton Hall got positive play out of Isaiah Whitehead (20 points), Khadeen Carrington (14 points) and Derrick Gordon (eight points, 10 rebounds).

Ismael Sanogo and Angel Delgado only accounted for a combined six points. Had those two players made more of an impact, the Pirates may have pulled out the victory tonight.

All in all, it was a good experience for the Pirates, who face Villanova again two weeks from tonight in Newark.

Daniel Ochefu is a grown man

The difference maker in this game? Villanova senior center Daniel Ochefu.

Ochefu continues to thrive in conference play, as he notched his third straight double-digit scoring game with 20 points, and also added 18 rebounds to collect his second double-double in three games.

Ochefu struggled for parts of nonconference play because he was unable to stay on the court and out of foul trouble. Through three Big East games, he's been a man amongst boys.

Ochefu dominated Seton Hall for the third straight meeting. He had 24 boards in Villanova's OT loss to the Pirates last season, 12 in the second meeting, and 18 Wednesday night.

54 rebounds in three games seems good.