Coach Jay Wright earns 400th win; Villanova beats Seton Hall
VILLANOVA, Pa. -- James Bell scored 20 points and JayVaughn Pinkston had 19 to lead No. 6 Villanova to its fifth consecutive victory, 70-53 against Seton Hall on Friday night.
Villanova coach Jay Wright reached 400 career victories. He has won 278 games at Villanova (278-146; 2001-present) after going 122-85 at Hofstra (1994-2001). Wright has led his teams to 10 NCAA tournaments and took the Wildcats to the 2009 Final Four.
The Wildcats (21-2, 9-1 Big East) are perennial Big East contenders and this season's team is his best team since `09.
Wright and Rollie Massimino both have nine 20-win seasons at Villanova, though Massimino has the one win that really matters, the 1985 national championship versus Georgetown.
Daniel Ochefu had 10 points, 10 rebounds and six assists, including the game-changing buckets in the first half.
OMAHA, Neb. -- Doug McDermott scored 32 points - 11 during a 14-2 run after DePaul pulled within a point in the second half - and No. 12 Creighton beat the Blue Demons 78-66 on Friday night.
The Bluejays (19-3, 9-1 Big East) have won 14 of their last 15 games. DePaul (10-14, 2-9) has lost six in a row.
DePaul trailed by 14 in the first half, but closed to 59-58 after dominating the boards early in the second half. McDermott was 9 of 21 from the field and made 13 of 14 free throws, including 9 of 10 in the last 7 minutes as the Bluejays pulled away. DePaul managed only three field goals in the last 7 1/2 minutes.
Austin Chatman added 11 points for the Bluejays. McDermott grabbed nine rebounds to go for more than 1,000 for his career.
Brandon Young had 16 points and Forrest Robinson added 11 for the Blue Demons, who held a 41-31 advantage on the boards. R.J. Currington was held to two points after scoring in double figures in three consecutive games.