Daniel Ochefu and Darrun Hilliard each added 12 points for
Villanova (6-0), which drained a season-high 13 3-pointers on 32
attempts. Ochefu also grabbed six rebounds while Dylan Ennis
contributed 10 points, five boards, four assists and two steals for
the Wildcats, who registered 21 assists while committing 13
Cazmon Hayes finished with a game-high 17 points, including four
3-pointers, to lead the Blue Hens (0-5), who have lost six straight
dating back to last season. Devonne Pinkard added 11 points for the
Blue Hens, who shot 31 percent.
There was no collective hot hand to speak of in the first half, with
Delaware shooting 25.9 percent and Villanova barely eclipsing the 40
percent mark. The Blue Hens were 1-of-13 from 3-point range while
Ochefu's 10 first-half points helped the Wildcats establish a 34-16
advantage at halftime.
After the break, Villanova was sparked by consecutive 3-pointers
from Hilliard as part of an 11-2 run that extended the lead to 45-18
with 15:49 remaining. Both teams began to hit from 3-point range
down the stretch – combining for 15 in the second half – but the
Blue Hens couldn't get the stops required to mount any sort of
comeback and the Wildcats cruised to victory.
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GAME NOTEBOOK: Villanova improved to 13-0 all-time against Delaware.
... The Wildcats entered play averaging 9.8 steals, which led the
Big East and ranked 16th in the nation. ... By holding the Blue Hens
to 47 points, Villanova closed the gap in scoring defense among Big
East teams, with its opponents averaging 55 points per game – second
to Butler (54.5).
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