VILLANOVA, Pa. -- Another night, another easy Big 5 win for Villanova.
On Monday night at the Pavilion, the No. 16 Wildcats jumped out to a monster 30-3 lead before cruising home with a 77-57 rout of Penn.
The win was the 13th straight in the Big 5 for Villanova (10-2, 3-0 Big 5) -- one shy of a record held by the Wildcats teams from 2004-05 to 2007-08.
It was also the Wildcats’ 13th straight win over Penn, with all but two by a double-digit margin.
The Quakers (5-7, 1-2 Big 5) have lost six of their last seven and haven’t beaten a Division I opponent since before Thanksgiving when they toppled La Salle, 80-64.
Big men on campus
Freshman Jalen Brunson led four Wildcats in double figures with a career-high 22 points and five assists, scoring 20 in the second half. Ryan Arcidiacono had 13 points and six rebounds, and Josh Hart and Daniel Ochefu added 12 apiece with Ochefu scoring nine in the first three minutes to help set the tone.
Penn freshman Jackson Donahue, making his first collegiate start, scored all of his career-high 18 points in the second half before fouling out with 1:51 left. Matt Howard added 11 for the Quakers.
By the numbers
· Both teams struggled from three-point range with Penn shooting 7 for 32 (22 percent) and Villanova shooting 1 for 11 (9.0 percent).
· Penn shot 1 for 16 from behind the arc and 5 for 29 from the field in the first half.
· Villanova outrebounded Penn, 44-32.
· Villanova shot 26 for 41 from the foul line and missed six straight at one point in the first half.
Villanova absolutely dominated from the start, scoring the first 14 points before Penn made a basket and then scoring the next 16 to take its whopping 30-3 lead with 5:54 left.
At that point, the Quakers were shooting just eight percent from the field to go along with seven turnovers. They ended up making five shots over the final six minutes of the first half but Villanova still took a commanding 39-11 advantage into the break.
The first-half stats painted a pretty clear picture as Villanova outshot the Quakers 52 percent to 17 percent and outrebounded them, 26 to 16.
Despite being questionable with a sprained knee he suffered in Villanova’s last game, Kris Jenkins played and finished with two points in 19 minutes.
Antonio Woods, the Quakers’ third-leading scorer and their most reliable guard, went to the locker room late in the first half after Mikal Bridges stripped him in the backcourt and finished with a dunk. He did not return.
Before the game, Brunson was honored for being named the 2015 USA Basketball Male Athlete of the Year.
Villanova opens Big East play with a home showdown vs. No. 6 Xavier on Thursday.
Penn hosts Binghamton on Saturday.