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November 16, 2014 | By Joe Juliano, Inquirer Staff Writer
ALLENTOWN - The excitement for Darrun Hilliard, a native of nearby Bethlehem, began when he boarded the bus from Villanova to the Lehigh Valley and PPL Center, where he wanted to put on a show for his hometown fans. However, his shot couldn't find the basket Friday night when the 12th-ranked Wildcats found themselves in a season-opening battle with Lehigh. He missed his first five shots and his first seven attempts from three-point range. But the Wildcats found others to pick up the slack, namely Dylan Ennis and Ryan Arcidiacono, and picked up a hard-earned 77-66 victory over the pesky Mountain Hawks before a crowd of 8,751 in the first college basketball game at the two-month-old arena.
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November 16, 2014 | By Marc Narducci, Inquirer Staff Writer
Villanova coach Andy Talley thought the Wildcats had to win one of their final two regular-season games to secure a Football Championship Subdivision playoff berth. Others thought the Wildcats were already in, but 'Nova went ahead and made its coach feel more secure with a 48-31 win over Albany in a Colonial Athletic Association game Saturday night at chilly Villanova Stadium. Villanova scored touchdowns on its first six possessions to take a 42-10 lead. The Wildcats, ranked No. 6 by the Sports Network, are 9-2 overall and 6-1 in the CAA heading into the regular-season finale Saturday at Delaware.
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November 16, 2014 | By Marc Narducci, Inquirer Staff Writer
Two carries by a walk-on running back in the final minute of Villanova's convincing, 48-31 Colonial Athletic Association win over visiting Albany set off verbal volleys between Albany coach Greg Gattuso and his counterpart, Villanova's Andy Talley. After Albany's Brian Parker scored on a 25-yard pass from quarterback Will Fiacchi for the final touchdown of the game with 49 seconds remaining, Villanova had one last possession after downing the ensuing kickoff on its own 25-yard line.
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November 15, 2014 | By Mike Kern, Daily News Staff Writer
VILLANOVA PROSPECTUS It all comes down to: Can all of the promising pieces be playing their best as one when it matters most. Last year they had that elusive "it" factor, at least through the regular season. And only James Bell, who was the leader, is gone. Yet this roster might actually be deeper. That doesn't mean it'll translate into better. Still, once again there's no denying the possibilities. Shouldering the load: Take your pick. Jay Wright has two seniors, one a fifth-year guy, and two juniors who've been starting since they arrived.
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November 15, 2014
Name: Darrun Hilliard School: Villanova Class: Senior Position: Guard Height/weight: 6-6/215 Hometown: Bethlehem High school: Liberty Last season's stats: Averaged 14.3 points, 3.6 rebounds, 2.6 assists and 1.3 steals in 29.1 minutes a game. Shot 48.6 percert from the field, 41.4 from the arc and 71.8 at the foul line. Also had 17 blocks. Career highlights: Started each of the last two seasons . . . Shared Big East Most Improved Player Award with teammate Daniel Ochefu . . . Made second-team All-Big 5 and Honorable Mention all-conference . . . Has scored 1,010 career points . . . Had a career-best 26 points in a 73-56 win over Marquette at the Wells Fargo Center last March . . . Has averaged 15.7 points in three NCAA Tournament games . . . His career high is seven assists.
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November 14, 2014 | DAILY NEWS STAFF REPORT
VILLANOVA announced that three basketball recruits have signed letters of intent, including Jalen Brunson. Brunson, 6-1, is considered one of the top guards in the country. His father, Rick, played at Temple. Brunson is from Stevenson High in Illinois. The other two signees are 6-4 guard Donte DiVincenzo, of Salesianum High in Delaware, and 6-9 forward Tim Delaney, of Blair Academy in New Jersey and formerly of Pitman High. "Jalen is a dynamic guard and the son of two outstanding college athletes in Sandra and Rick Brunson," coach Jay Wright said in a statement.
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November 13, 2014 | By Matt Breen, Inquirer Staff Writer
Jalen Brunson signed his letter of intent Wednesday before faxing it to Villanova. Another topflight player will be headed to the Main Line. If a premier high school recruit aims to play his college ball in Philadelphia, chances are he will pick Villanova. Brunson, a 6-foot-2 point guard from suburban Chicago, is a five-star recruit, according to Rivals.com. The likely McDonald's all-American signed Wednesday, the start of college basketball's early signing period. Brunson is Villanova's 10th four-star recruit or higher in the last six years.
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November 11, 2014 | By Joe Juliano, Inquirer Staff Writer
Darrun Hilliard and JayVaughn Pinkston each scored 15 points, and Daniel Ochefu grabbed 20 rebounds Sunday to lead Villanova to an 82-45 victory over Nyack in an exhibition game at the Wells Fargo Center. Ochefu added 11 points and four blocked shots as the Wildcats finished their exhibition slate 2-0 prior to their season opener Friday night against Lehigh at PPL Center in Allentown. However, Villanova coach Jay Wright wasn't very pleased with the 18 turnovers committed by his team.
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November 9, 2014 | By Steve Bohnel, For The Inquirer
Villanova's first two possessions resulted in a combined total of 7 yards lost on six plays. But the Wildcats overcame that slow start, and quarterback John Robertson completed 16 of 21 passes for 182 yards and three touchdowns as Villanova defeated Towson, 42-14, at Villanova Stadium on Saturday night.   Villanova head coach Andy Talley said Robertson, needed to command the game from start to finish. "I told John before the game that he needed to take absolute control of [it]
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November 8, 2014 | BY MIKE KERN, Daily News Staff Writer kernm@phillynews.com
DESPITE LOSING at Richmond by a point, Villanova still is in position to make some serious postseason noise. If they can win their last three, starting tomorrow at home against Towson (4-5, 2-3), the seventh-ranked Wildcats (7-1, 4-1 CAA) likely will get an opening bye in the FCS tournament and at least one home game. Or maybe even two. Which should be more than enough incentive. "I like our chances," said coach Andy Talley, who might be unbeaten if his kickers had made a short field goal at the end of regulation in the opener at Syracuse and a PAT in the rain in Virginia.
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