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Xavier Falls 77-70 to Villanova - Recap

Villanova grabbed a 77-70 win over Xavier on Thursday, behind a 19-point effort from Darrun Hilliard II at Cintas Center.

Villanova won and also put money in the pockets of their supporters by covering the 3.5-point spread as favorites.

JayVaughn Pinkston had 15 points for Villanova and James Bell chipped in with 12 points. Ryan Arcidiacono had 7 assists for them, while James Bell was the team's top rebounder, grabbing 8 boards.

Xavier got a 20-point performance from Justin Martin, who was supported by 18 points from Semaj Christon. Semaj Christon had 6 assists in a losing cause for Xavier, while Justin Martin grabbed 6 rebounds.

First-half bettors who backed Villanova were victorious, as the score was 41-36 at the break.

Villanova won the battle of the boards, outrebounding their counterparts 38-30.