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NCAA Game Summary - Villanova at Xavier



(Thursday, March 6th)

Final Score: (6) Villanova 77, Xavier 70

Cincinnati, OH (SportsNetwork.com) - Darrun Hilliard II scored 15 of his 19 points in the first half to lead sixth-ranked Villanova to its first outright Big East title since the 1981-82 season with a 77-70 win over Xavier on Thursday.

JayVaughn Pinkston netted 15 points, James Bell tallied 12 and Ryan Arcidiacono added 11 points with seven assists for the Wildcats (27-3, 15-2 Big East), who will enter Saturday's regular season finale against Georgetown with five straight wins.

Bell entered the game six points shy of reaching 1,000 points in his career, joining Pinkston as active members in the 1,000-point club.

Justin Martin paced the Musketeers (20-11, 10-8) with 20 points, while Semaj Christon and Isaiah Philmore scored 18 and 15 points, respectively, in defeat.

Xavier dropped its final two regular season games following two straight wins, which included a 75-69 victory over then-No. 9 Creighton on Saturday.

Hilliard hit three free throws to close the scoring in the first half and give the Wildcats a 41-36 lead at the break.

Bell then slammed down a dunk to open the second half before Hilliard knocked down a 3-pointer to push the lead to double digits. Xavier didn't allow the lead to grow, with Christon answering with a layup and Jalen Reynolds making a basket to cut the deficit to six at the 15-minute mark.

Villanova continually stretched the lead to 10, but the Musketeers had an answer and remained in shouting distance of the visitors.

A pair of Josh Hart free throws gave the Wildcats their largest lead of the game, 69-57, with a 1 1/2 remaining, but Xavier had one more run left.

After Philmore made a pair of free throws and Pinkston made an uncontested layup, Dee Davis hit back-to-back 3s to make it a six-point game with just over a minute to play.

Bell and Hilliard each split a pair at the line around a Martin trey, then Christon slashed through the lane for a layup to cut the deficit to three, 73-70, with 21 ticks on the clock.

Hart proceeded to calmly knock down two free throws and Myles Davis' 3-point attempt was off the mark before Bell sealed it with another pair from the stripe.

Earlier, no team led by more than seven in the opening half, with Xavier scoring the first seven points of the game to take an early lead. Villanova quickly answered with seven straight of its own, and the two teams went back- and-forth before 'Nova gained some breathing room by halftime.

Game Notes

Bell became the 58th Wildcat to record 1,000 points ... Xavier closed out its home slate with a 15-2 record ...Villanova shot 23-for-49 (46.9 percent) from the field and held its counterparts to 23-for-60 (38.3 percent) shooting ... The Wildcats' bench outscoredf Xavier's reserves, 18-3.

03/06 22:15:40 ET

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Scoreboard
NBA
Final
CLE 110
GSW 99
2nd
PHO 27
OKC 19
 
Final
KNST 53
NKENTUCKY 78
 
Final
CITA 74
ETST 73
 
Final
GWEBB 91
CSOU 81
 
Final
VMI 82
CHAT 86
 
Final
BRY 77
CCST 69
 
Final
PBY 80
CCAR 69
 
Final
DREX 44
DEL 58
 
Final
UNCA 71
HIGH 75
 
Final
TEMPL 66
HOU 54
Final
EKENT 63
JVST 57
 
Final
WRST 58
UWMIL 61
 
Final
MSU 90
MINN 96
Final
RFLSH 63
MNTER 60
 
Final
OSU 81
NEB 57
Final
MAST 67
NEOM 73
 
Final
ELON 72
NE 65
 
Final
LIB 80
RAD 69
 
Final
FD 85
SHU 90
 
Final
UNCG 81
SAMF 67
 
Final
LIU 69
Terriers 74
 
Final
TENN 65
VANDY 73
Final
RMU 91
WAGN 59
 
Final
FUR 53
WCU 49
 
Final
IUPUI 71
WILL 66
 
Final
CAMP 65
WINT 50
 
Final
MERC 72
WOFF 76
 
Final
APP 58
GSOUT 77
 
Final
UNT 81
CHAR 65
 
Final
MURST 65
EILL 57
 
Final
MARS 87
FIU 69
Final
WKENT 71
FATL 68
Final
ILLCH 67
UWGB 72
 
Final
ORU 74
NDST 58
 
Final
NDAK 75
NARZ 85
 
Final
RICE 54
ODU 63
Final
MON 60
RIDE 63
 
Final
PEAY 64
SIUE 61
 
Final
LATU 77
UTEP 60
Final
SMISS 70
TXSA 66
Final
TENST 52
TENNM 69
 
Final
CHIST 74
GRCN 70
 
Final
UMKC 69
WLVRN 50
 
Final
SALA 57
LAMON 75
 
Final
ARKST 81
TXARL 80
 
Final
ARKLR 92
UGST 83
 
Final
TXST 67
TROY 61
 
Final
COL 54
ARZ 82
 
Final
PURD 92
RUTG 85
 
Final
MEM 57
SMU 66
 
Final
NCOL 77
SUTAH 67
 
Final
MORE 86
TENT 73
 
Final
EWASH 92
MNTST 68
 
2nd
PORT 46
BYU 47
 
2nd
CSNO 52
CSFU 55
 
2nd
IDAHO 35
MONT 39
 
2nd
SCU 38
PAC 45
 
2nd
UCSB 53
UCD 49
 
2nd
CPSL 42
UCI 57
 
Half
UTAH 41
ARST 9
 
1st
STAN 12
ORST 13
 
1st
GONZ 9
SDU 7
 
1st
USF 13
GAELS 20
 
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HAW
LBSU
 
Final
NYR 4
ARI 3
Final
CLB 2
MON 5
Final
BUF 6
VAN 3
Final
FLA 0
CHI 3
Final
TOR 3
PHI 2
Final
WIN 1
STL 2
Final
NAS 2
MIN 4
 
1st Intermission
SJS 1
DET 0
 
1st
LOS 0
OTT 0