No. 10 Villanova thumps La Salle 73-52 - NBC Sports

No. 10 Villanova thumps La Salle 73-52
La Salle's Roahn Brown (35) pulls in a rebound over Villanova's Daniel Ochefu (23) during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game on Sunday, Dec. 15, 2013, in Villanova, Pa. (AP Photo/Michael Perez)
December 15, 2013, 4:39 pm

VILLANOVA, Pa. (AP) Darrun Hilliard scored 21 points and Josh Hart added 13, lifting the undefeated No. 10 Villanova Wildcats past La Salle 73-52 Sunday.

The Wildcats are 10-0 for the first time since the 2005-06 season, and three shy of matching the program-best 13-0 start in 1937-38.

The Wildcats have now thumped city rivals Penn, Saint Joseph's and the Explorers (5-5) by at least 20 points in each game.

Coach Jay Wright's team isn't in the top 10 because of victories against the city lightweights, but because of wins over Top 25 teams Kansas and Iowa.

The Wildcats opened the second on a 15-5 run that helped them build a comfortable lead. They shot well over 50 percent for most of the half beat La Salle for the 11th time in the last 12 games.

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