Dominate in almost every facet of the game.
Villanova (25-2, 12-2) led from the opening tip as they handed DePaul (8-18, 1-12) a 75-62 defeat.
The Wildcats especially capitalized on Blue Demon turnovers early and often. Nova scored 16 points off of 14 Blue Demon turnovers.
The Blue Demons did very little to help their own cause. Leading scorers Eli Cain and Billy Garrett, Jr. both had bad shooting nights. The two combined for 5 for 22 overall from the field. Cain scored 12 points while Garrett had 7 points.
“They play as a program,” DePaul coach Dave Leitao said of the Wildcats. “To put yourself in a position to win you have to play physically and mentally at the top of your game. In the first half we did anything but.”
Villanova led by as many as 27 points in the second half, yet DePaul has able to rally late. The Blue Demons comeback attempt was fueled by the shooting of senior guard Chris Harrison-Docks who ended the night with a DePaul career-high of 18 points. It was the second straight game where Docks came off the bench to lead the Demons in scoring.
Sophomore guard Jalen Brunson led the way for Nova with 18 points. Josh Hart finished with 16 points, but was hampered by foul trouble, Mikal Bridges contributed 15 points, while Kris Jenkins chipped in with 13.
DePaul travels to Indianapolis to face the 24th ranked Butler Bulldogs on Sunday.