By Michael Bennett

Villanova coach Jay Wright’s team built a 15-point first-half lead in spite of getting just 4 minutes from leading scorer Josh Hart because of foul trouble.

Kris Jenkins had just two points in the first half.

But in-your-face defense helped fuel the 18-2 run – which included a 14-0 spurt – to build the big lead that held up until late in the second half.