Instant Replay: Villanova 68, South Florida 40

Instant Replay: Villanova 68, South Florida 40
February 9, 2013, 5:15 pm
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VILLANOVA, Pa. -- Villanova gained some revenge on the team that ended its 2012 season, embarrassing South Florida, 68-40, Saturday in a Big East Conference game at the Pavilion.
 
It was the fewest points Villanova has ever allowed in a Big East game and the fewest in any game in seven years. The Wildcats have played in the Big East since 1980.
 
USF shot 11-for-47 overall (23 percent) and 1-for-17 (6 percent) from three-point range.
 
South Florida beat Villanova three times last year, by 17 here, by 14 in Tampa and by nine at Madison Square Garden in the Big East Tournament.
 
This time, Villanova roared out to a 12-2 lead and never looked back, building a 23-point halftime lead and coasting.
 
Darrun Hilliard made six of eight shots and scored a game-high 17 points. JayVaughn Pinkston added 10 and Mouphtaou Yarou had nine points and 10 rebounds.
 
On top of its 94-71 win at DePaul on Tuesday, 'Nova now has its first consecutive Big East wins by 12 or more points since the end of the 2009 Final Four season, when the Wildcats beat Notre Dame and Providence by 17 points each three days apart.
 
Villanova, which won just 13 games all last year, improved to 15-9 overall and 6-5 in the Big East. USF, which beat Temple in the NCAA tourney in Nashville last year, fell to 10-13 and 1-10 in the Big East. The Bulls have lost 10 of 11 since a 9-3 start.
 
Turning point
'Nova led by five, 16-11, 11 minutes into the game before a basket by Pinkston and threes by Achraf Yacoubou and James Bell sparked the Wildcats on a 23-5 run to finish the first half.
 
WildStat
From the 9:08 mark of the first half until the 10:55 mark of the second half, USF went 18:13 with just two baskets.
 
By the numbers
South Florida’s 40 points are the fewest Villanova has ever allowed in a Big East game. The previous low was 42 in a 60-42 win at St. John’s on Feb. 16, 2008, at Madison Square Garden.
 
The fewest points Villanova had allowed in a home Big East game was 49, in a 68-49 win over Providence at the Palestra in 1980 and again vs. USF here in 2010 in a 74-49 win.
 
It’s the fewest points Villanova has allowed in any game since a 78-35 win against Stony Brook in 2005.
 
What’s next
Villanova seeks its third straight win at 8 p.m. Tuesday at Cincinnati, which is 18-6. After a noon game against UConn in Hartford next Saturday, 'Nova returns home for games against Rutgers on Feb. 18 and Marquette on Feb. 23.

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