No. 6 Villanova Too Hot to Handle for DePaul

The Villanova Wildcats looked every bit like sixth ranked team in the nation as they cruised to a 87-62 victory over DePaul at Allstate Arena on Wednesday night.

Villanova (22-2, 10-1) shot 68.4 percent from the floor and 70 percent from beyond the arc in the second half as they cemented their win.

"They are playing at a high level," said DePaul coach Oliver Purnell. "They shot the ball extremely well."

The Wildcats had five players finish in double-figures tonight. Darrun Hilliard led the way with 22 points. Current Big East Player of the Week James Bell added 16 points. Jayvaughn Pinkston and Ryan Arcidiacono contributed with 14 apiece. Kris Jenkins came in off the bench to chip in with 11.

"I thought they shared the ball unselfishly extremely well which led to their eight threes in the first half," Purnell said.

DePaul (10-15, 2-10) struggled on the night while shooting just 37 percent from the field for the game and going zero for seven on threes in the second half.

"We just weren't focused for 40 minutes out there and didn't give enough effort on defense," said senior guard Brandon Young.

Young led the Blue Demons with a season-high 27 points while going 9 of 17 on the night. Sandi Marcius added 10 points and seven rebounds in a starting role for DePaul. Young and Marcius didn't get much help from the rest of the DePaul roster.

DePaul was playing without senior forward Cleveland Melvin, who was dismissed from the team earlier in the week. Young was dejected when he learned of Melvin's departure from the team.

"I was sad," said Young. "He was a brother that I came here with."

The Blue Demons next travel to Rhode Island where they will have a rematch against the Providence Friars on Saturday at 1 p.m. Central.

Notes:

Jamee Crockett returned for the Blue Demons. It was his first game back since December 31st. Crockett had been suspended back on January 4th and was then afflicted with mononucleosis.

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