Instant Replay: No. 9 Villanova 57, St. John's 54

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Instant Replay: No. 9 Villanova 57, St. John's 54

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Ninth-ranked Villanova overcame some poor shooting and mental mistakes to survive with a 57-54 win over St. John’s at the Wells Fargo Center Saturday afternoon.

The Wildcats improved their record to 24-3 and 12-2 in the Big East Conference. Meanwhile, St. John’s (18-10, 8-7) had its six-game winning streak come to a halt.

Turning point
After Daniel Ochefu split a pair of free throws with 34 seconds remaining in the game to give Villanova a two-point edge, the Wildcats’ defense locked down just enough.

Villanova forced a pass to St. John’s guard Phil Greene IV, who traveled when met by Ochefu at the rim.

Ryan Arcidiacono proceeded to split his own two free throws after being intentionally fouled by the Red Storm. The Villanova defense again came through in a critical spot on the ensuing possession, first blocking a three-point attempt from D’Angelo Harrison before fouling him with just 1.5 seconds remaining.

Harrison made his first freebie before committing a lane violation while purposely missing the second shot and the ‘Cats were able to hold on.

Big men on campus
Darrun Hilliard was the only Wildcat clicking offensively. He scored 18 points on 6 of 8 shooting, including 4 of 5 from three-point range. He also grabbed four rebounds.

Arcidiacono finished with 12 points, three rebounds and three assists. Ochefu added five points and 11 rebounds.

The Red Storm had three players score in double figures, led by Harrison with 15.

Philly native Rysheed Jordan had 13 points and six rebounds for the Red Storm, while Jakarr Sampson chipped in with 12 points.

Inside the box score
• The Wildcats moved to 7-0 this season in games decided by five points or less.

• Neither team shot the ball well Saturday. Villanova made 38.5 percent of its shots, while St. John’s connected on 32.8 percent.

• Villanova won the rebounding battle, 40-34.

• The Wildcats committed 15 turnovers in the game. St. John’s had nine.

• The game featured 35 fouls combined from the two teams.

• Villanova's all-time mark at the Wells Fargo Center now stands at 37-33.

Series
Villanova continued its recent dominance over St. John’s, winning for the 13th time in the last 15 meetings between the two programs.

Despite the loss, St. John’s still holds a 59-49 edge in the all-time series.

What’s next?
Villanova returns to the Pavilion for the first time since Feb. 7 when it hosts Butler (12-14, 2-12) at 8 p.m. on Wednesday.

St. John’s gets back in action against Xavier (18-9, 8-6) at 7 p.m. on Tuesday at Madison Square Garden.

Cazmon Hayes' 20 points not enough for Delaware in loss to Charleston

Cazmon Hayes' 20 points not enough for Delaware in loss to Charleston

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CHARLESTON, S.C. -- Jarrell Brantley scored 21 points, Joe Chealey added 20 and they both had a double-double in Charleston's 78-65 victory over Delaware on Thursday night.

Charleston (22-8, 13-4 Colonial Athletic Association) has won three straight and remains a game back of UNC Wilmington atop the conference standings. Delaware (12-18, 5-12) has lost consecutive games after winning three in a row.

Brantley and Chealey grabbed 10 rebounds apiece, and Marquise Pointer added 11 points for the Cougars, who made 25 of 29 (86 percent) free throws. Chealey also had seven assists and Brantley blocked three shots.

Cazmon Hayes scored 20 points to lead the Blue Hens.

Charleston closed the first half on an 8-2 surge and led 34-28 at the break. The Cougars opened the second half on a 20-6 run, including a Brantley dunk and capped by Pointer's 3-pointer for a 20-point lead. Delaware pulled within 10 points but didn't get closer.

Drexel falls to James Madison in potential CAA Tournament preview

Drexel falls to James Madison in potential CAA Tournament preview

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Jackson Kent and Tom Vodanovich combined to score 31 points and James Madison held off Drexel late to secure a 70-64 victory Thursday night.

The game could be a preview of a first-round match-up in the Colonial Athletic Association Tournament. With one game left in the regular season, James Madison (9-21, 7-10) is the No. 7 seed and Drexel (9-21, 3-14) has locked up the No. 10 seed. Those seeds meet in the first round, with the winner facing the No. 2 seed in the second round.

Sammy Mojica hit a 3-pointer with :32 left to get the Dragons within four, 66-62, but Shakir Brown and Joey McLean each hit a pair of free throws to seal the victory.

Kent hit 6 of 11 from the floor and tallied 16 points with eight rebounds to lead the Dukes. Vodanovich added 15 points.

Kurk Lee and Mojica both scored 18 points off the Dragons' bench.