Villanova Pushes Past DePaul in Second Half
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.



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