(25) Villanova 66

(16-6, 6-5 Big East)

Seton Hall 52

(11-11, 3-8 Big East)

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    #25VILL 33 3366
    HALL 21 3152

    Top Performers

    Villanova: C. Sumpter 25 Pts, 7 Reb, 3 Ast, 3 Stl, 2 Blk

    Seton Hall: A. Sweet 13 Pts, 8 Reb, 2 Ast

    Seton Hall has lost four of five

    EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) -- Curtis Sumpter stepped up every time Villanova needed a lift.

    The junior forward from Brooklyn scored 25 points to lead Villanova to a 66-52 win over Seton Hall on Thursday night. Sumpter came up with the key baskets late in both halves as the Wildcats (16-6, 6-5 Big East) won for the fourth time in the last five games.

    "Curtis Sumpter, in the first half he did it and in the second half, when we had some droughts, he stepped up and made some bigtime shots," said Villanova coach Jay Wright.

    "The key is try to stay positive all the time," said Sumpter. "Even when the shots don't drop, we can still hustle and play hard on defense."

    Randy Foye and Mike Nardi each added 10 points for Villanova.

    Andre Sweet had 13 points for Seton Hall (11-11, 3-8) and Kelly Whitney scored 10 for the Pirates, who have just one win in their last five games.

    Villanova (No. 25 AP) took control with a 19-8 run to close out the first half with a 33-21 lead. Sumpter was the catalyst with three 3-pointers in that 7:47 span.

    Villanova also got help from the mistake-prone Pirates. Seton Hall committed 16 turnovers in the first half to tilt what had been a close game solidly in the Wildcats' favor.

    "Basically, we hurt ourselves tonight," said Seton Hall coach Louis Orr. "We turned the ball over, especially in the first half."

    The Pirates tried to rally early in the second half and managed to cut the deficit to eight when Jamar Nutter hit a 3-pointer, making it 35-27.

    The Wildcats quickly ended the rally with eight straight points on a basket by Will Sheridan, a three-point play by Sumpter and a 3-pointer by Allan Ray.

    Villanova opened an 18-point lead, 49-31, but Seton Hall clawed back with 12 straight points, the last six on consecutive 3-pointers by Justin Cerasoli.

    Sumpter, as he did in the first half, turned the game back in Villanova's favor with five straight points to give the Wildcats a 54-43 lead.

    Seton Hall played without swingman J.R. Morris, who was suspended to "focus on his academic obligations," according to a written statement issued by the school. Morris had started 20 of the Pirates' 21 games and was averaging 10.1 points, third best on the team.

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    Team Stat Comparison

    Points 66 52
    FG Made-Attempted 22-54 (.407) 18-55 (.327)
    3P Made-Attempted 8-22 (.364) 4-16 (.250)
    FT Made-Attempted 14-21 (.667) 12-15 (.800)
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 16 (0/0) 15 (0/0)
    Largest Lead 18 3

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