DIXON COMES UP BIG AS NOVA (7-5) HANDS ST JOHN’S 2ND LOSS!

By Harry Allison

Eric Dixon scored 18 points and Villanova won its Big East opener, defeating St. John’s 78-63 at the Finn.

Dixon also had six rebounds for the Wildcats (7-5). Brandon Slater scored 16 points and Caleb Daniels added 13 points.

The Red Storm (11-2, 1-1 Big East) were led by Joel Soriano, who recorded 17 points, 13 rebounds and four blocks. St. John’s also got 15 points from AJ Storr, and David Jones put up nine points and eight rebounds.

After spending Thanksgiving on the road, Villanova has the Christmas weekend off.

The Wildcats, who have wrapped their nonconference schedule, resume play on Dec. 28 in Hartford, Conn., vs. No. 2 Connecticut (6:30 p.m., FS1).

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