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Villanova Pushes Past DePaul in Second Half
Following Saturday's loss at Villanova, the Blue Demons host Xavier on Monday afternoon at Allstate Arena.

Following Saturday's loss at Villanova, the Blue Demons host Xavier on Monday afternoon at Allstate Arena.

Jan. 18, 2014

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VILLANOVA, Pa. – A barrage of second half three-pointers by sixth-ranked Villanova led the Wildcats to an 88-62 win over visiting DePaul. The Blue Demons put five players in double-figures but it wasn’t enough at The Pavilion on Saturday.

DePaul went toe-to-toe early in the game and trailed by just two at 20-18 before Villanova outscored the Blue Demons, 13-6, over the final five minutes of the first half. Daniel Ochefu scored twice late in the half before Ryan Arcidiacono hit an eight-footer in the lane with two seconds left before intermission. The final basket gave Villanova a 33-24 lead at halftime.

Villanova made six three’s over a five-minute stretch to open up a 75-52 advantage with just over five minutes left in the game. The lead grew as high as 26 points with under a minute on the clock before the 88-62 final.

Brandon Young led the Blue Demons with 13 points while Billy Garrett Jr. added 11. Tommy Hamilton IV, Charles McKinney and Cleveland Melvin each added 10 points for DePaul (10-9, 2-4 BIG EAST) as the five starters combined for 54 of the 62 points for the Blue Demons.

Villanova (16-1, 5-0 BIG EAST) was led by James Bell with 17 points while Arcidiacono and Ochefu added 14 points each.

DePaul makes a quick turnaround and hosts Xavier on Monday afternoon at Allstate Arena. Start time is 3 p.m. in Rosemont.

Notes: Tommy Hamilton IV’s three-pointer to start the scoring for the Blue Demons extended DePaul’s streak to 630 straight games with a three... Hamilton scored in double-figures for the third straight game... Cleveland Melvin scored in double-figures for the 90th time in his career... DePaul has lost 47 straight games to ranked opponents... Villanova leads the all-time series by a 17-8 margin... the Wildcats have won seven straight meetings in the series.