Sport Booth scores 21, No. 1 Villanova routs No. 10 Xavier 89-65

05:36  11 january  2018
05:36  11 january  2018 Source:   Associated Press

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PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Phil Booth hit five 3s and scored 21 points and Jalen Brunson had 17 to lead No . 1 Villanova to an 89 - 65 win over Xavier on Wednesday night. The Wildcats (15-1, 3-1 Big East)

PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- Phil Booth hit five 3s and scored 21 points and Jalen Brunson had 17 to lead No . 1 Villanova to an 89 - 65 win over Xavier on Wednesday night. The Wildcats (15-1, 3-1 Big East)

  Booth scores 21, No. 1 Villanova routs No. 10 Xavier 89-65 © Photo by Gavin Baker/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

PHILADELPHIA — Phil Booth hit five 3s and scored 21 points and Jalen Brunson had 17 to lead No. 1 Villanova to an 89-65 win over Xavier on Wednesday night.

The Wildcats (15-1, 3-1 Big East) returned to the top spot of the poll and dominated like a team that won't lose their grip on that rank anytime soon.

BOX SCORE: VILLANOVA 89, XAVIER 65

Booth and Brunson opened the game with 3s and the Wildcats played every bit as worthy as their ranking as they raced to a 22-9 lead. Booth hit three 3s in the first half and Brunson was solid both from long range and in attacking the basket to make it 40-28 at the break.

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PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Phil Booth hit five 3s and scored 21 points and Jalen Brunson had 17 to lead No . 1 Villanova to an 89 - 65 win over Xavier on Wednesday night. The Wildcats (15-1, 3-1 Big East) returned to the top spot of the poll and dominated like a team that won't lose its grip on that rank

No . 1 Villanova flexed its muscle Wednesday with an 89 - 65 win over No . 10 Xavier . The Wildcats took a commanding 40-28 lead into halftime, and backed it up with a spirited second half, stifling Xavier 's potent scoring attack.

The Wildcats took a 13-point lead in the half on the play of the game: Donte DiVincenzo stole the ball and fed to Eric Paschal just before halfcourt. Paschal passed to Booth who put some extra arc on a lob and the 6-foot-9 Paschal slammed it home to rock the rim and bring the crowd to its feet.

The Wildcats' annual defeat at Butler had no impact on a program that has been humming along, collecting Big East titles and the 2016 national championship. Villanova hasn't lost more than five games in a season since 2012-13 and it's hard to find two or three more losses on the schedule, much less anything that would send the Wildcats into a tailspin.

Villanova needed just a week to reclaim its lost No. 1 ranking in the AP Top 25. The Wildcats returned to the top after an upset-filled week that rattled the poll.

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The No . 1 Villanova Wildcats reaffirmed their status as the class of the Big East on Wednesday as they steamrolled the 10 th-ranked Xavier Musketeers 89 - 65 at Wells Fargo Center in The Wildcats' rout was spearheaded by balanced scoring , which has been the name of the game all season long.

With the shakeup at the top of the AP Top 25 in the wake of losses by No. 1 Michigan State and No. 2 Duke, Xavier (15-3, 3-2) might have been able to make this game a 1-2 matchup had it defeated Providence. The Musketeers instead had their 10-game winning streak snapped in an 81-72 loss to the Friars and slid to 10th.

They couldn't bounce back in Philly.

Trevon Bluiett (19.4 points) and J.P Macura (13.1 points) were awful in the first half and could not stop Nova from dominating. The duo went 3-for-11 from the floor, hit just one 3 and Xavier was generally overwhelmed, like so many Big East teams here before them. Kerem Kanter led Xavier with 16 points.

Mikal Bridges hit Villanova's ninth 3 midway through the second half to make it 66-48 and squash the Musketeers for good.

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Xavier: Coach Chris Mack remains stuck at 201 wins, one shy of matching Pete Gillen for first on the program's career list. Mack picked up a few of those wins knocking off the top dog — the Musketeers had actually won four of their last games against the No. 1 team.

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No . 1 Villanova gets big test from No . 10 Xavier . Xavier had its 10-game winning streak snapped with an 81-72 loss at Providence on Saturday. The Musketeers committed 21 turnovers, and senior guard Trevon Bluiett scored all 12 of his points in the first half. 44 65 . 2nd 4:01. SECN.

Villanova: More of the same for the Wildcats. Villanova improved to 16-4 and 10-0 at home as the No. 1 team in the AP Top 25.

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The Wildcats had been roughed up defensively of late, allowing at least 85 points in three straight games (2-1). They allowed 100 (101) for the first time this season against Butler and 85 and 90 in wins over DePaul and Marquette. But they held Xavier to 34 percent shooting in the first half and never let it mount a rally in the second.

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Xavier hosts No. 25 Creighton on Saturday.

The Wildcats head to Madison Square Garden to play St. John's on Saturday.

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