Boston University vs Villanova

Villanova 68, Boston U. 43

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PHILADELPHIA (AP) - Mouphtaou Yarou had 13 points and 13 rebounds as rebuilding Villanova shook off a slow start to overcome Boston University 68-43 on Tuesday night.

Dominic Cheek chipped in with 14 points and seven rebounds as the unranked Wildcats (6-4) avoided a third consecutive loss. Still, it was hardly vintage Villanova for 25 minutes. The Wildcats, who trailed 26-23 at the half, have lost four of six and played this nonconference tilt in front of a sparse, announced crowd of 8,313 at the Wells Fargo Center.

D.J. Irving had 11 points to pace the Terriers (4-7), who made the NCAA Tournament last season under coach Patrick Chambers and are now led by former Villanova assistant Joe Jones. Chambers left the Terriers in June to take the vacant position at Penn State.

Boston, which has lost three in a row, was making its second of three trips to Philadelphia this month. The Terriers lost to Saint Joseph's 75-68 on Dec. 7, and will take on La Salle on Dec. 29.

After just four points in 9 minutes of the first half, James Bell broke a 30-all tie with 16:39 left in the second half by nailing a 3-pointer. That basket drew the loudest ovation of the night and sparked the Wildcats to just their second lead of the game, but one they would not relinquish. Bell finished with nine points, seven rebounds and four assists.

Villanova will close out its slate with the rest of Philadelphia's Big 5 on Saturday, when the Wildcats meet Saint Joe's. Villanova has already defeated La Salle and Penn, while losing to Temple.

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Boston University (4-7)261743
Villanova (6-4) «234568

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Boston University Terriers
P. Hazel, F264-51-45009
T. Robinson, F241-70-04143
D. Morris, F233-40-04116
D. Partin, G322-152-22216
D. Irving, G234-91-332311
M. Griffin243-90-13238
M. Terry Jr.140-30-04000
J. Pelage120-00-03000
M. Thomas90-30-01010
Z. Chionuma70-00-11020
J. Kennedy40-10-01000
C. Kurz10-00-00000
M. Piotrowski10-00-00000
Totals 17-564-113981543
 30.4%36.4% 
Villanova Wildcats
J. Pinkston, F212-30-04205
M. Yarou, C254-125-5131413
M. Wayns, G313-142-242110
T. Johnson, G242-50-01014
A. Yacoubou, G181-60-03112
D. Hilliard242-51-13115
J. Bell213-82-27439
D. Cheek215-101-370014
M. Kennedy153-40-26216
Totals 25-6711-1553131268
 37.3%73.3% 
Patriot League
TeamConf. W-LTot. W-LRPI Rank
Bucknell15-326-963
Lehigh12-620-1297
Boston U.12-618-14187
Navy10-816-16206
Holy Cross9-915-17208
Loyola-Md.8-1016-17212
Colgate8-1010-22294
Army West Point6-1213-19267
Lafayette5-139-21321
American5-138-22310

Big East
TeamConf. W-LTot. W-LRPI Rank
Villanova15-332-41
Butler12-625-915
Creighton10-825-1026
Seton Hall10-821-1244
Providence10-820-1356
Marquette10-819-1361
Xavier9-924-1437
St. Johns7-1114-19140
Georgetown5-1314-18107
DePaul2-169-23236
 
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