Villanova catches fire in second half, routs DePaul

Villanova catches fire in second half, routs DePaul
February 5, 2013, 9:00 pm
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ROSEMONT, Ill. -- Ryan Arcidiacono scored 23 points and Villanova put together an impressive shooting display to pull away for a 94-71 victory at DePaul on Tuesday night.

Darrun Hilliard had 17 points and James Bell finished with 16 for the Wildcats (14-9, 5-5 Big East), who bounced back from a pair of disappointing losses to Notre Dame and Providence. Villanova erupted in the second half to make 22 of 32 shots from the field and finish 60 percent for the game.

"That might have been our best game of the year," Villanova head coach Jay Wright said, per the team's website. "We moved the basketball and handled their press."

Arcidiacono helped the Wildcats grab control after the teams were tied at 40 at the break. The freshman guard scored five points in an 11-3 run that opened a 51-43 lead for Villanova, The Wildcats in final 20 minutes hit 11 of their first 12 from the floor and 6 of 7 from three. James Bell's three with 3:35 left gave the Wildcats their largest lead, 94-67. After committing 10 turnovers in the first half, they had only three in the second.

"We weren't really upset at halftime," Wright said. "Our issue has been scoring points and we were able to do that in the first half. We just had to cut down on the turnovers, which we did."

Cleveland Melvin scored 19 points and Jamee Crockett had 16 for DePaul (10-12, 1-8), which has dropped seven straight games. The Blue Demons were coming off a pair of overtime losses against St. John's and Notre Dame.

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