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Final analysis: Villanova 73, Milwaukee 53

by Amy Moritz

Final: Villanova 73, Milwaukee 53

How the game was won: The Wildcats used a 9-0 run at the end of the first half to take a 27-23 lead. They had five players in double figures, led by junior guard Darrun Hilliard who had 16. The balanced scoring helped Villanova as did its play in the post. The Wildcats dominated the points in the paint (46-20) and blocked 10 shots. Villanova also shot high percentage shots in the second half, hitting 18 of 29 (62.1 percent).

Turning point: Hilliard scored seven straight points for Villanova turning a four-point deficit into a 23-23 tie late in the second half. The Wildcats never trailed after that.

Stat of the game: Villanova used its quickness to run on Milwaukee and had 19 fastbreak points. The Panthers had only two.

Stat of the game, Part 2: Milwaukee hit 5 of 14 from three-point range in the first half while Villanova was 0-for-12.

Player of the game: Hilliard who had 16 to lead the Villanova. His abilty to find lanes late in the first half sparked the Wildcats and opened up other offensive opportunities.

Player of the game in a losing cause: Austin Arians had 17 points for Milwaukee and went 4-for-10 from the three-point line.

He said it: "That was not, as everyone here knows, a 20-point game. Milwaukee is a really tough team and hard to play against. Their defense was outstanding and I thought our patience and our defense got us through the first half until we could hit some shots and get some stops and get out in transition in the second half." Villanova coach Jay Wright.

Up next: It's a rematch of old Big East rivals as Villanova meets Connecticut in Saturday's third round.

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Western New York native Bob DiCesare covers UB football, Big 4 basketball and writes an occasional column. He still holds a grudge against Chris Ford who, he's convinced, cost St. Bonaventure the 1970 NCAA basketball championship.

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Amy Moritz

Amy Moritz

Amy Moritz, a native of Lockport, has covered colleges for The Buffalo News since 1999. She has a bachelor’s degree in journalism/mass communication from St. Bonaventure University and a master’s degree in humanities from the University at Buffalo. An endurance athlete, she has completed several triathlons, half marathons and marathons.

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