By Harry Allison
Jeremiah Robinson-Earl squeezed 23 points into 21 minutes and visiting No. 3 Villanova rolled to its ninth straight victory, 80-72 over Seton Hall.
Jermaine Samuels had 17 points and Justin Moore 16 while Collin Gillespie had 11 points and a career-high 11 assists.
The Wildcats (11-1, 6-0 Big East) built a double-digit lead midway through the first half and were really never threatened in handing Seton Hall (9-8, 6-5) its third straight loss to a ranked opponent.
Shevar Reynolds had 13 points and Jaren Rhoden, Sandro Mamukelashvili and Myles Cale all scored 12 points for Seton Hall.
The Pirates’ last two losses were close. They endured a crushing last-second setback to Villanova on Jan. 19 and then lost a four-point decision to No. 17 Creighton on Wednesday in a game the Hall blew a 16-point second-half lead.
This one was decided in the opening 13 minutes. With the game tied at 9, the Wildcats went on a 16-3 burst that featured five points apiece by Robinson-Earl and Moore.