NEW YORK (AP) — Dylan Ennis scored 18 points to lead No. 7 Villanova past Illinois 73-59 on Tuesday night.
Darrun Hilliard and Daniel Ochefu both scored 12 points.READ MORE: SWAT Team Responds To Building In South Loop For Call Of Men With Guns Inside
Malcolm Hill scored a career-high 20 points for Illinois.
Rayvonte Rice, the leading scorer for the Illini, struggled from the field, shooting 4 of 13 and scoring just 10 points.
Villanova went on a 15-4 run after Ochefu’s layup at the 6:21 of the second half and then slowly pulled away.
Villanova broke the game open with a 13-2 run that began after the first official timeout 15:13 of the first half, then Wildcats went up 21-11.
Illinois fought back and went on an 11-4 run to cut the deficit to 25-22.
Villanova eventually took a 33-27 lead into the locker room at the half.READ MORE: AAA Estimates 1.7 Million Illinoisans Will Hit The Road For Memorial Day Weekend -- How Do They Come Up With Their Predictions?
Villanova: Ennis was hot from the field shooting 7-for-10.
Illinois: Nnanna Egwu tied a season-high with nine rebounds.
Villanova: The Wildcats host Temple on Sunday.
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