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#1 Villanova takes down St John’s at Wells Fargo Center

Philadelphia PA: Big East Basketball took center stage on Saturday night at Wells Fargo Center in South Philadephia as Number 1 Villanova Wildcats hosted St John’s Red Sorm: Villanova enters the game as Number 1 team in the nation for the first time in school history and with a record of 21-3 11-1 in Big East and off a win over DePaul on February 9 while St John’s come into matchup against Villanova with 7-18 0-12 in Big East and off a loss to Georgetown on February 8. This is the first home game for Villanova  as the Number 1 team in the Nation. Villanova would defeat St John’s back on January 31 at Madison square Garden.

Villanova won the tip to start the game and they would score the games first points on basket by Jalen Brunson, Felix Balamou got St John’s on the board with 2 point basket. St john’s would take their first lead of game on 3 pointer by Ron Mvouika for 9-8 lead with 12:30 left in the half, both teams would keep this game close, Villanova would have issues from 3pt range. The Wildcats would grow a 7 point lead at 22-15 on 2 foul shots by Darryl Reynolds with 5:52 left in the half. Ron Mvouika would throw a shot that would go in as the shot clock was about to expire to cut the Villanova lead to 23-23 with 2:41 left. The Wildcats would take a 28-27 lead into halftime. Villanova would go 0-11 from 3 point range in the first half

At halftime, Villanova honored their 2005-06 team that made the NCAA Elite 8 & won the regular season Big East Championship

St John’s got ball to start the 2nd half and Villanova would open the scoring on basket by Ochefu. St John’s got on board with basket by Kassoum Yakwe. Villanova would make their first 3 pointer of the game by Ryan Arcidiacono. St john’s would keep the game close to 6 before Villanova would blow the game open as they got the lead to 15 at 64-49 with 5:36 left, St john’s did not have an answer as Villanova would survive the week as the number 1 team in the nation as they would defeat St John’s 73-63 in front of a crowd of 18,052 in attendance. Villanova now improves to 22-3, 12-1 in Big East, with the loss St John’s Falls to 7-19 0-13 in Big East. Villanova now gets ready for a Big 5 Showdown against the Temple Owls on Wednesday night while St John’s looks to get their first conference win as they take on DePaul on February 17.

Final Stats

Villanova Wildcats
Daniel Ochefu: 25 points, 9 rebounds, 3 steals
Ryan Arcidiacono: 13 points, 4 rebounds, 2 assists
Josh Hart: 7 points, 9 rebounds, 3 assists

St John’s Red Storm
Amar Alibegovic: 18 points, 6 rebounds, 4 assists
Durand Johnson: 10 points, 3 rebounds, 2 assists
Ron Mvouika: 10 points, 4 rebounds, 2 assists


Villanova Coach Jay Wright

St John’s Coach Chris Mullin