Continuing to drain shots throughout the half, Villanova would head to the locker room with a comfortable 50-26 lead after the team shot 57.6 percent from the field. The Wildcats received a balanced effort in the half, led by Hilliard, who scored 12, while JayVaughn Pinkston added 9 and Dylan Ennis and Josh Hart pitched in 8 and 7 points respectively off the bench.
Plagued by poor shooting and ball handling, the Friars dug themselves and into an early hole. Providence shot just 31.8 percent in the half, as Bryce Cotton had 16 of the team's 26 points. The Friars also committed 12 first half turnovers, something no team can afford to do against a squad as talented as Villanova.
It would be the same story in the second half, as the Wildcats continued to grow their already sizeable lead. Villanova would continue its dominance throughout the second act, allowing time for the "Bench Mob" to see some minutes, as the Wildcats won by a final score of 91-61.
JayVaughn Pinkston led the way for the Wildcats, scoring 19 in the game, while Dylan Ennis added 17 and Darrun Hilliard 15. Overall, Villanova shot 59.6 percent in the win, including making 14 of 26 shots from beyond the arc to tie their season high.
Bryce Cotton led all scorers with 25 for the Friars, while LaDontae Henton added 17, but the Providence squad proved no match for a high-powered and deep Villanova roster.
With the win, Villanova improves to 13-1 on the season. The eleventh-ranked Wildcats will return to action on Wednesday, when they visit the Prudential Center to face the Seton Hall Pirates.
By: Kyle Babcock
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