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Feb 11, 2024 2:21 pm

Villanova comes to life, crushes Seton Hall 80-54

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Eric Dixon supplied 18 points and Brendan Hausen chipped in 17 Sunday as Villanova smashed visiting Seton Hall 80-54 in Big East action at Philadelphia.

TJ Bamba added 14 points and Mark Armstrong pitched in 12 for the Wildcats (13-11, 6-7 Big East), who had dropped six of their previous seven games. They authored a much more complete effort Sunday, shooting 53.6 percent from the floor and a crisp 14 of 30 from 3-point range.

Hausen led the way from beyond the arc with five 3-pointers in eight attempts, while Armstrong, Bamba and Dixon all went 2 of 4 from long range.

Seton Hall (15-9, 8-5) shot just 40 percent overall and 9 of 30 from long distance, while committing 15 turnovers. Al-Amir Dawes (14 points) and Kadary Richmond (12) were the Pirates’ leading scorers as their brief two-game winning streak came to an end.

The game was relatively close over the first 15 minutes, as Villanova led 26-21 with just under five minutes to go in the first half. A layup by Dixon ignited a 10-0 burst that gave the hosts some breathing room and they never looked back.

Dixon followed with a 3-pointer to create the game’s first double-digit lead. Then, Hausen added a 3-pointer of his own before Bamba’s transition layup made it 36-21.

The teams traded long-range shots late in the half, as Villanova entered the locker room with a 39-24 cushion.

About seven minutes into the second half, the Wildcats embarked on a 9-0 run to turn a 45-34 lead into a commanding 20-point advantage. Dixon had two buckets during the burst.

In another scoring surge, Villanova drained three 3-pointers (courtesy of Jordan Longino, Hausen and Bamba) in a quick 11-0 run that ballooned the lead to 70-41 with 5:09 remaining.

Seton Hall never got the deficit under 24 over the final 6:57.

–Field Level Media

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