VILLANOVA, Pa. — Seton Hall was taught a same doctrine Georgetown schooled a small some-more than a week ago: when we kick Villanova, there will be consequences.
Led by a game-high 18 points from impassioned comparison Darrun Hilliard and 12 for 27 sharpened from three-point range, a No. 6 Wildcats coasted to an 80-54 blowout win over Seton Hall during a Pavilion on Monday, avenging a five-point detriment a Pirates handed them final month.
Seton Hall and Georgetown — which Villanova also broken this month — are a usually dual teams this deteriorate to kick a Wildcats (24-2 overall, 11-2 Big East), who won their seventh true to sojourn during slightest dual games forward of everybody else in a conference.
“I consider we played harder and we suspicion we shielded better,” Villanova conduct manager Jay Wright said. “Last diversion we were not pointy defensively opposite them. We were many some-more focused defensively today.”
The Wildcats positively seemed adult to a charge defensively, holding Seton Hall to 32 percent sharpened from both a margin and three-point range. Freshman Isaiah Whitehead scored 15 points to lead a Pirates (15-11, 5-9), who have forsaken 5 straight.
The Wildcats, meanwhile, continued to uncover a change that’s done them one of a country’s premier teams. All of Villanova’s starters strike double total with Dylan Ennis scoring 12 points, Daniel Ochefu finishing with 11 points and 12 rebounds, and JayVaughn Pinkston and Ryan Arcidiacono chipping in with 10 points every (see highlights).
“I consider we have well-developed impression in a guys that allows us to play that way,” Wright said. “I consider a guys are unequivocally intelligent and they know a best possibility of us being a best group we can be is if we’re tough to prepared for and we’ve got balance. … That’s not common. we consider it only shows unequivocally well-developed character.”
There’s no improved instance of Villanova’s unselfishness than Arcidiacono, who didn’t measure a singular indicate in Villanova’s 68-65 feat over Butler on Saturday and was, according to Wright, “the happiest man in a universe after a game.”
And then, only dual days later, a youth indicate ensure drilled a integrate of large three-pointers and surpassed 1,000 career points with a second-half giveaway throw. Arcidicaono is a 60th member of Villanova’s 1,000-point bar and a third one on a stream team, fasten Hilliard and Pinkston.
“There have been a lot of good players in this module though there’s also been so many that haven’t gotten 1,000 points, so we don’t consider it’s that large of a deal,” Arcidiacono said. “I was only happy with a approach we played tonight.”
Arcidiacono pronounced another thing that happened late in a diversion was also “not a large deal” — but many Villanova fans would disagree. With 4:38 left in a game, Seton Hall’s Sterling Gibbs threw a infamous forearm to a face of Arcidiacono while a ’Nova indicate ensure was diving for a lax ball.
Gibbs, who finished with 12 points, was ejected from a diversion and tweeted an reparation to Arcidiacono after a game, essay that “my emotions got a best of me” and “it unequivocally is weighing complicated on my heart.”
For a Pirates, it was another low indicate for a group that was ranked in a Top 25 final month though have given derailed as starting indicate guard, Jaren Sina, quit a freefalling group final week amid locker-room tension.
The Wildcats, of course, paid small courtesy to a misunderstanding during Seton Hall. The many critical thing for them was reckoning out how to successfully conduct a two-day turnaround after earning maybe their many romantic win of a season.
“I kind of compared it to a Bahamas and a Big East contest when we’re personification 3 true games,” Arcidiacono said. “I consider a coaches prepared us good and we had a good diversion devise with a strength and conditioning manager and a trainer.”
Villanova positively didn’t uncover any signs of tired early on, jumping out to a discerning 7-0 lead over a Pirates. Seton Hall climbed behind into it to lift within 14-13, before Hilliard led a 12-0 emanate with a three-pointer and a normal three-point play.
Hilliard, who was entrance off a career-high 31-point diversion opposite Butler on Saturday, sealed a first-half scoring with a three-pointer to send a Wildcats into halftime with a gentle 36-20 advantage. Hilliard, who was battling a stomach bug, led a approach with 13 during a half though everybody else in a starting lineup scored in a initial 5 mins and a fit Wildcats finished a initial half with 11 assists on their 12 margin goals.
Villanova led by double digits via a second half and responded to any Seton Hall convene with one of a own. After a Pirates cut Villanova’s lead to 10 with 13:44 left on a Gibbs three-point play, Kris Jenkins scored 6 discerning points to kickstart a 29-9 run that put a diversion divided as a Wildcats rolled to their 25th true feat on campus.
“[Sunday] we didn’t use live, so it’s tough to get a feel for a scouting news unless we have players with a unequivocally good basketball IQ and unequivocally good focus,” Wright said. “We had to get prepared for dual good scorers and a unequivocally good group but practicing. And they did. They did a unequivocally good job.
“You can’t do that with freshmen and sophomores, no matter how many they play during that initial year. It’s juniors and seniors, definitely.”