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DiVincenzo & Hart lead Wildcats over Red Storm

Philadelphia PA:  The Grind of the Big East Conference continued on Saturday night at the Wells Fargo Center in South Philadelphia as the number 4 ranked Villanova Wildcats took on St. John’s Red Storm. Villanova comes into game with (21-2,8-2 in Big East) and off a win over Providence on Feb 1 while St John’s enters battle against Wildcats with (11-13, 5-6 in Big East) and off a win over Marquette also on Feb 1.  Before the game, Villanova coach Jay Wright would have Kris Jenkins come off the bench to get into a better shooting rhythm.

St John’s won the tip to start the game and Villanova would open the scoring on 3 pointer by Mikal Bridges, Wildcats would open up to a 10-0 run before St John’s finally scored on basket by Marcus Lovett. Both teams would have some sloppy moments in the 1st half, the Wildcats would get the lead as high as 26 in the 1st half at 42-16 with 3:42 left in 1st half. Wildcats would take 46-28 lead into halftime.

Villanova got ball to start the 2nd half, St John’s would  go on  a 7-0 run to say that we are still in the game as they would get the lead down to 9 at 48-39 with 16:18 left, from there Villanova would just make things very hard for Red Storm to get back into game as the Wildcats re grew the lead to 24 at 78-54 with 6:43 left. A crowd of 18,562 would see Villanova take down Red Storm 92-79. With the win, Wildcats now go to (22-2, 9-2 in Big East) and now prepare for battle against Georgetown on February 7 while the Red Storm with record of (11-14, 5-7 in Big East) look to get back to winning ways against Seton Hall on February 11. Villanova would finish 4-0 at Wells Fargo Center during 2016-17 season with Wins over Marquette, Providence, Virginia & St John’s.

Final Stats:

Villanova Wildcats:
Josh Hart: 26 points, 9 rebounds, 5 assists
Donte DiVincenzo: 20 points, 7 rebounds, 1 steal
Kris Jenkins: 15 points, 5 rebounds, 4 assists

St John’s Red Storm:
Marcus Lovett: 23 points, 3 rebounds, 6 assists
Bashir Ahmed & Shamorie Ponds each with 15
Federico Mussini: 11 points, 2 assists

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