By Annie Ross
Villanova is continues to run the table in the Big east.
Eric Paschall scored 20 points, Phil Booth (above) added 19 points and eight assists, and the 14th-ranked Wildcats beat DePaul 86-74 for their ninth consecutive victory.
Freshman forward Saddiq Bey matched a career high with 16 points and set one with 11 rebounds for visiting Villanova. He shot 4 of 6 on 3-pointers.
The Wildcats (17-4, 8-0 Big East) hit 15 from beyond the arc after making 17 in a romp over Seton Hall on Sunday. They also committed just three turnovers while winning their 18th straight against the Blue Demons (11-9, 3-6) and defeating them for the second time this month.
Femi Olujobi led DePaul with 20 points and eight rebounds. Eli Cain scored 17, but Paul Reed was held to six points and six rebounds after averaging 18.2 points and 10.2 boards over the previous six games.
DePaul lost for the fourth time in five games despite shooting 53 percent and committing a respectable 11 turnovers.
”Our defense, I said this earlier, it wasn’t getting as many misses,” Villanova coach Jay Wright said. ”But we were creating some turnovers that impacted us, and we played pretty well offensively. I think they are a really good offensive team. You have to score against them. They have so many weapons. They’ve got as good an inside game as anybody. They have big guards. (Devin) Gage drives the ball. They’re a really good team.”