The Panthers (14-4, 2/3 Big East) snapped a tie game with a 15-0 run to end the game and they held Villanova without a point for the final 5 minutes, 13 seconds.
The Panthers opened conference play with consecutive losses before a 28-point win at Georgetown. The Panthers lost at home the last time out to Marquette. They didn't play much better against the Wildcats, missing 12 of 15 3-point attempts and shooting 36 percent from the floor.
Against the struggling Wildcats, it was enough. Darrun Hilliard scored all 14 of his points in the first half. The Wildcats (11-6, 2-2) committed 18 turnovers.
This was the final Big East matchup at Villanova between the two intrastate rivals before the Panthers bolt for the ACC next season.