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Villanova triumphs over Texas, 68-64

The Wildcats scored a huge road win on Sunday afternoon.

2K Empire Classic Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images

On Sunday afternoon, the Villanova Wildcats picked up perhaps the biggest road win of any team thus far this season.

The Wildcats edged the mighty Texas Longhorns 68-64 to improve to 4-1 on the year. Texas had come in on the heels of a 3-0 performance in ‘Maui,’ with wins over the Indiana Hoosiers and the North Carolina Tar Heels. Those performances mattered not for Villanova, who’ve won five straight games in Texas dating back to the 2016 Final Four.

Villanova was spearheaded by the play of Jeremiah Robinson-Earl and Justin Moore. The duo combined for 38 points, 19 apiece, with Robinson-Earl shooting 9-for-14 on the day. Moore was 6-for-9 and 5-for-6 from the FT line, a very strong performance for the sophomore guard indeed. Collin Gillespie added 12 points of his own, giving the Cats three double-figure scorers.

Texas got 34 points, 17 apiece from their guards Matt Coleman and Courtney Ramey. Both Longhorn guards’ hot starts continued on Sunday afternoon, but it just wasn’t enough for them to get the win. No other Longhorn was able to get into double figures, though Greg Brown, Jericho Sims and Kai Jones each scored seven points.

Villanova is currently scheduled to open Big East play on Friday against the Georgetown Hoyas.