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NCAA Game Summary - La Salle at Villanova



(Sunday, December 15th)

Final Score: (10) Villanova 73, La Salle 52

Villanova, PA (SportsNetwork.com) - The 10th-ranked Villanova Wildcats stifled the La Salle Explorers in the second half en route to a 73-52 beating of their Big-5 rival.

Darrun Hilliard scored 21 points, Josh Hart added 13, and the Wildcats (10-0) avenged last season's 77-74 overtime loss at La Salle in a big way.

Kris Jenkins was the only other Wildcat in double figures with 11 points, while Ryan Arcidiacono continued his cold start to begin the year as the sophomore guard scored nine points on 4-of-9 shooting.

Jerrell Wright scored 18 of his 20 points in the first half as La Salle (5-5) entered halftime trailing 38-34.

Villanova outscored the Explorers 19-5 to open the second half to take command with a 57-39 lead. Hilliard had seven points during the burst and Jenkins closed the run with a triple at 12:21.

The lead was as many as 25 late in the half until La Salle closed the game with two straight buckets for the final margin.

"La Salle's guards really gave us trouble in the first half," said Villanova head coach Jay Wright. "I know (Jerrell) Wright scored more points but it was because we were getting beat off the dribble by their guards."

Wright started fast for the Explorers, scoring the team's first eight points helping them to an early 8-5 lead.

A Tyrone Garland free throw staked the Explorers to a two-point advantage when the Wildcats used a 12-2 run that Hillard capped with a pair at the line to give Villanova a 27-19 lead with just under seven minutes left in the first.

Villanova pushed its lead to 10 with just over a minute left following a trio of free throws from Hillard but Wright ended the half just how he started, scoring four straight to end the stanza as part of a 6-0 run.

"They (Villanova) are really good. And they can all shoot," said La Salle head coach Dr. John Giannini. "Those guys put in the work and on top of it they play unselfishly, very hard, want to win and have a lot of energy."

Game Notes

Garland scored seven points on 2-of-12 shooting ... Villanova shot 49 percent from the field compared to 38.8 percent for La Salle ... La Salle had 17 turnovers ... Villanova is now 3-0 against the Big-5 after defeating Penn and St. Joe's in its two previous contests ... Villanova hosts Rider on Saturday while La Salle welcomes Wagner on Thursday.

12/15 19:39:31 ET

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Scoreboard
Local
3rd
CHI 5
CAR 1
 
Final
SAV 49
NCCU 62
 
Final
MIA 7
FIU 2
 
Final
DET 12
FLASO 2
 
Final
PHI 103
TOR 114
Final
BRK 110
GSW 108
Final
MIA 115
PHO 98
Final
MIN 105
LAC 110
 
4th
DAL 93
NOP 85
 
Final
TEX 61
BAY 59
Final
SYR 47
UVA 59
Final
SHSU 76
CARK 49
 
Final
NWST 92
SELA 79
 
Final
NCAT 67
COOK 50
 
Final
HOW 61
NORST 59
 
Final
DELST 85
HAMP 75
 
Final
STEPH 83
INCWORD 62
 
Final
MCNST 70
LAM 69
 
Final
NO 79
NICST 89
 
Final
SAV 49
NCCU 62
 
2nd
ALAAM 73
TXSOU 76
 
2nd
VT 51
BC 59
 
2nd
MVSU 57
GRAM 55
 
2nd
ISU 54
OKLA 52
 
2nd
ALAST 56
PVU 61
 
2nd
ARKPB 39
JST 30
 
Final
NYR 4
NAS 1
3rd
CHI 5
CAR 1
 
1st
SJS 1
MON 0