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Figueroa lifts St. John's to 71-65 win over No. 13 Villanova

Feb. 18, 2019 1:45 AM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — A 70-foot shot just before halftime gave St. John's momentum, and LJ Figueroa and the Red Storm used a strong defensive effort in the second half to surprise No. 13 Villanova. Figueroa scored 22 points and St. John's rallied to beat the Wildcats 71-65 on Sunday night. It was the first win...

Paschall, Booth lead No. 13 Villanova past Providence, 85-67

Feb. 13, 2019 10:01 PM EST

VILLANOVA, Pa. (AP) — By the time Eric Paschall and Phil Booth exited the game in the final minutes, some fans had already left the arena since the result was no longer in question. Those that remained made sure to give the two fifth-year seniors a hearty ovation. Paschall scored 20 of his 25 points in the...

Howard has 38, No. 10 Marquette edges No. 14 Villanova 66-65

Feb. 9, 2019 6:25 PM EST

MILWAUKEE (AP) — Markus Howard provided the offense and this time around, Marquette's defense put on just enough pressure at the end. Howard scored 38 points and the 10th-ranked Golden Eagles hung on at the buzzer, edging No. 14 Villanova 66-65 Saturday and handing the Wildcats their first Big East...

No. 14 Villanova tops Creighton in OT for 10-0 Big East mark

Feb. 7, 2019 12:12 AM EST

VILLANOVA, Pa. (AP) — After losing four top players to the NBA, this was supposed to be something close to a rebuilding season for Villanova. There's no such thing for coach Jay Wright and the Wildcats. Freshman forward Saddiq Bey scored a career-high 17 points, senior guard Phil Booth hit key baskets down...

Gillespie's career game carries No. 14 Villanova past Hoyas

Feb. 3, 2019 4:03 PM EST

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Villanova had reminders everywhere of how just successful it's been in recent seasons: two national championship trophies were displayed for photo ops and former great Jalen Brunson was honored in a pregame ceremony. Collin Gillespie and Jermaine Samuels gave the Wildcats a glimpse of...

Paschall, Booth lead No. 14 Villanova over DePaul, 86-74

Jan. 30, 2019 11:54 PM EST

CHICAGO (AP) — Villanova is making shots, piling up wins and looking more like the team that won the NCAA championship for the second time in three years last season. DePaul coach Dave Leitao didn't see that when the two teams played a few weeks ago. He noticed the difference on Wednesday night. Eric...

No. 18 Villanova hits 17 3s, routs Seton Hall 80-52

Jan. 27, 2019 6:00 PM EST

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Villanova hit the bottom in early December. The Wildcats had dropped four games — as many as they had lost each of the last two seasons — and they were confronted with troubling questions. Coach Jay Wright was stumped as the Wildcats tumbled out of the Top 25. "This is the...

Big East is a demolition derby, but coaches say not to worry

Jan. 24, 2019 4:18 PM EST

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — The Big East Conference has become a demolition derby. Look at the men's basketball standings after Wednesday night's game. No. 12 Marquette and No. 18 Villanova, the defending national champion, are the only teams with winning conference records. The eight other teams are below .500....

Embiid scores 33, leads 76ers past Spurs 122-120

Jan. 23, 2019 11:58 PM EST

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Joel Embiid stretched his balky back each time he had a moment's rest. Those vital health breaks were fleeting — Embiid gutted out nearly 40 minutes, showing again that the days of the All-Star center missing seasons and stretches of games with injuries have become a faded...

No. 18 Villanova pulls away at Butler for 7th straight win

Jan. 22, 2019 10:19 PM EST

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Eric Paschall and Phil Booth have No. 18 Villanova rounding into form. They are knocking down 3-pointers, getting teammates more involved and, of course, continuing to excel on defense. If the defending national champs keep playing this well, they just might make another deep NCAA...