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No. 12 Villanova easily handles Delaware, 78-47

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Kris Jenkins scored 13 points to lead five players in double figures and No. 12 Villanova cruised to a 78-47 win over Delaware on Sunday.

Darrun Hilliard and Daniel Ochefu each scored 12 points, and both Dylan Ennis and Phil Booth had 10 points and four assists for the Wildcats (6-0), who held the Blue Hens (0-5) to 31 percent shooting and forced them into 17 turnovers.

Cazmon Hayes led Delaware with 17 points on 6-of-21 shooting and Devonne Pinkard added 11.

The Blue Hens have scored 60 points or fewer in all five games this season. They also scored 47 points in a loss to Stanford on Tuesday in what was the program’s lowest scoring output since 2009.

After Villanova took a 34-16 lead into halftime, Hilliard drilled two quick 3-pointers to start the second half to help the Wildcats surge to a 44-16 advantage.

Hayes stopped a 23-1 Villanova run with a steal and dunk with 16:30 remaining — the Blue Hens’ first bucket in eight minutes. But Delaware never got closer than 22 points as the Wildcats made nine 3-pointers in the second half to keep a hefty lead throughout.

For the game, Villanova shot 28 for 58 (48.3 percent) from the floor and 13 for 32 (40.6 percent) from 3-point range.

The Wildcats closed the first half on a 17-4 run after Josh Hart had an athletic offensive rebound and putback right before the buzzer.

Hart finished with nine points, six rebounds and four assists.

Delaware, which has yet to play a home game this season, is feeling the effects of graduating top scorers Devon Saddler and Davon Usher from last year’s NCAA tournament team and then losing Jarvis Threatt when the star guard was dismissed from the team over the summer. Everyone in the Blue Hens’ starting lineup is either a freshman or a sophomore.

Villanova has won all 13 meetings with Delaware, including in each of the past six seasons.

TIP-INS

Villanova: Sunday’s game marked the first of five straight games at the Wells Fargo Center, the home of the Philadelphia 76ers. Villanova has an all-time record of 40-33 in the building. . After winning the Progressive Legends Classic with wins over VCU and Michigan earlier this week, the Wildcats have now captured tournament titles in back-to-back seasons for just the second time in program history.

Delaware: The Blue Hens have still never beaten a ranked opponent in 31 tries. . Delaware shot 26 percent from the floor in the first half and made only one of its 13 3-point attempts.

UP NEXT

Villanova: Plays the first of two straight games against Philadelphia Big 5 opponents when it faces La Salle on the road Wednesday.

Delaware: Meets Army in its home opener on Wednesday.

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