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Paschall, Booth lead No. 14 Villanova over DePaul, 86-74

CHICAGO (AP) Villanova is making shots, piling up wins and looking more like the team that won the NCAA championship for the second time in three years last season.

DePaul coach Dave Leitao didn't see that when the two teams played a few weeks ago. He noticed the difference on Wednesday night.

Eric Paschall scored 20 points, Phil Booth added 19 points and eight assists, and the 14th-ranked Wildcats beat the Blue Demons 86-74 for their ninth consecutive victory.

Freshman forward Saddiq Bey matched a career high with 16 points and set one with 11 rebounds for Villanova. He shot 4 of 6 on 3-pointers.

The Wildcats (17-4, 8-0 Big East) hit 15 from beyond the arc after making 17 in a romp over Seton Hall on Sunday. They also committed just three turnovers while winning their 18th straight against the Blue Demons (11-9, 3-6) and defeating them for the second time this month.

''They're markedly better than they were when we played them in Philadelphia,'' Leitao said. ''Coming off of a game where they made 17 3s, to make 15 is pretty remarkable. They're getting back to the team that they were last year.''

Femi Olujobi led DePaul with 20 points and eight rebounds. Eli Cain scored 17, but Paul Reed was held to six points and six rebounds after averaging 18.2 points and 10.2 boards over the previous six games.

DePaul lost for the fourth time in five games despite shooting 53 percent and committing a respectable 11 turnovers.

''Our defense, I said this earlier, it wasn't getting as many misses,'' Villanova coach Jay Wright said. ''But we were creating some turnovers that impacted us, and we played pretty well offensively. I think they are a really good offensive team. You have to score against them. They have so many weapons. They've got as good an inside game as anybody. They have big guards. (Devin) Gage drives the ball. They're a really good team.''

HEATING UP

While much of Chicago was shut down because of frigid conditions, with temperatures dropping to around minus-23, the game went on as scheduled. And once again, Villanova had a tough time with DePaul.

After rallying from 14 down to win by five at home on Jan. 2, the Wildcats led 40-36 at halftime after Cain nailed a step-back 3 in front of the Villanova bench at the buzzer.

But the Wildcats went on an 11-2 run to start the second half, with Bey scoring on a tip-in and hitting a corner 3 to make it 51-38.

Another 3 by Bey got it up to 56-42 before Paschall's free throw put the lead at 15.

THE SHOW MUST GO ON

Leitao was asked whether postponing the game was discussed.

''Not really,'' he said. ''I've never been in my lifetime in a situation where it's been so cold. But obviously, we've all been around snowstorms, which makes it a little bit more obvious. But I don't think that we really had any of those discussions. I know at least I haven't, and I don't think the university did, either.''

EYES ON THE PRIZE

Booth on whether Villanova experienced a letdown: ''No. You come on the road against a real good DePaul team who beat Seton Hall up twice (75-74 and 97-93), so we definitely treat them as any other opponent. It's the same game. We prepare for them in a new way. We moved on from Seton Hall and we focused on DePaul this week.''

BIG PICTURE

Villanova: The Wildcats have been rolling along since consecutive three-point losses to Penn and Kansas in mid-December knocked them out of the Top 25.

DePaul: The Blue Demons are in familiar territory, tied for last in the Big East with Butler.

UP NEXT

Villanova: The Wildcats hope to keep their streak going when they host Georgetown on Sunday.

DePaul: The Blue Demons will try to bounce back when they host Providence on Saturday. DePaul lost 70-67 to the Friars on Sunday despite Reed's 20 points and nine rebounds.

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Key Players
P. Booth
5 G
M. Strus
31 G
36.2 Min. Per Game 36.2
17.4 Pts. Per Game 17.4
2.6 Ast. Per Game 2.6
6.7 Reb. Per Game 6.7
46.2 Field Goal % 40.4
41.8 Three Point % 34.1
75.0 Free Throw % 75.3
  Defensive rebound by Dhamir Cosby-Roundtree 23.0
  Lyrik Shreiner missed driving layup 25.0
  Defensive rebound by Jaylen Butz 36.0
  Dhamir Cosby-Roundtree missed 2nd of 2 free throws 36.0
+ 1 Dhamir Cosby-Roundtree made 1st of 2 free throws 36.0
  Personal foul on Femi Olujobi 36.0
  Defensive rebound by Dhamir Cosby-Roundtree 37.0
  Devin Gage missed driving layup 39.0
+ 1 Phil Booth made 2nd of 2 free throws 45.0
+ 1 Phil Booth made 1st of 2 free throws 45.0
  Personal foul on Devin Gage 45.0
Team Stats
Points 86 74
Field Goals 31-66 (47.0%) 27-51 (52.9%)
3-Pointers 15-35 (42.9%) 7-16 (43.8%)
Free Throws 9-15 (60.0%) 13-17 (76.5%)
Total Rebounds 35 31
Offensive 14 4
Defensive 21 24
Team 0 3
Assists 16 15
Steals 5 1
Blocks 2 4
Turnovers 1 11
Fouls 14 17
Technicals 0 0
20 PTS, 4 REB, 1 AST
20 PTS, 8 REB
12T
away team logo 14 Villanova 17-4 404686
home team logo DePaul 11-9 363874
Team Stats
away team logo 14 Villanova 17-4 74.1 PPG 38.1 RPG 14.2 APG
home team logo DePaul 11-9 77.6 PPG 40.7 RPG 14.7 APG
Key Players
4
E. Paschall F 16.5 PPG 6.2 RPG 2.1 APG 45.0 FG%
25
F. Olujobi F 12.9 PPG 5.2 RPG 0.9 APG 61.9 FG%
Top Scorers
E. Paschall F 20 PTS 4 REB 1 AST
F. Olujobi F 20 PTS 8 REB 0 AST
47.0 FG% 52.9
42.9 3PT FG% 43.8
60.0 FT% 76.5
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
E. Paschall 20 4 1 6/18 2/9 6/9 3 36 1 0 0 0 4
P. Booth 19 0 8 7/16 3/8 2/3 1 36 0 0 0 0 0
S. Bey 16 11 3 6/9 4/6 0/0 3 35 2 0 1 7 4
C. Gillespie 12 4 2 4/8 4/8 0/1 3 27 0 0 0 1 3
J. Samuels 2 5 2 1/2 0/0 0/0 0 24 0 1 0 2 3
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
E. Paschall 20 4 1 6/18 2/9 6/9 3 36 1 0 0 0 4
P. Booth 19 0 8 7/16 3/8 2/3 1 36 0 0 0 0 0
S. Bey 16 11 3 6/9 4/6 0/0 3 35 2 0 1 7 4
C. Gillespie 12 4 2 4/8 4/8 0/1 3 27 0 0 0 1 3
J. Samuels 2 5 2 1/2 0/0 0/0 0 24 0 1 0 2 3
Bench PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
D. Cosby-Roundtree 9 9 0 4/6 0/0 1/2 3 18 0 0 0 3 6
J. Cremo 6 2 0 2/4 2/3 0/0 1 17 2 1 0 1 1
J. Quinerly 2 0 0 1/3 0/1 0/0 0 6 0 0 0 0 0
B. Slater 0 0 0 0/0 0/0 0/0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
T. Delaney - - - - - - - - - - - - -
P. Heck - - - - - - - - - - - - -
C. Swider - - - - - - - - - - - - -
T. Saunders - - - - - - - - - - - - -
K. Hoehn - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 86 35 16 31/66 15/35 9/15 14 200 5 2 1 14 21
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
E. Cain 17 0 4 6/8 3/4 2/5 2 35 0 0 0 0 0
M. Strus 13 5 4 4/13 2/9 3/3 3 38 0 1 2 0 5
J. Butz 12 4 0 6/6 0/0 0/0 3 25 0 1 1 1 3
D. Gage 6 4 6 2/6 2/3 0/0 3 35 0 1 5 0 4
P. Reed 6 6 0 2/6 0/0 2/2 3 28 1 1 2 1 5
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
E. Cain 17 0 4 6/8 3/4 2/5 2 35 0 0 0 0 0
M. Strus 13 5 4 4/13 2/9 3/3 3 38 0 1 2 0 5
J. Butz 12 4 0 6/6 0/0 0/0 3 25 0 1 1 1 3
D. Gage 6 4 6 2/6 2/3 0/0 3 35 0 1 5 0 4
P. Reed 6 6 0 2/6 0/0 2/2 3 28 1 1 2 1 5
Bench PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
F. Olujobi 20 8 0 7/10 0/0 6/7 2 25 0 0 1 2 6
L. Shreiner 0 1 1 0/2 0/0 0/0 1 14 0 0 0 0 1
J. Coleman-Lands - - - - - - - - - - - - -
D. Hall - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Malonga - - - - - - - - - - - - -
P. Xidias - - - - - - - - - - - - -
F. Cameron - - - - - - - - - - - - -
C. Gordon - - - - - - - - - - - - -
G. Maslennikov - - - - - - - - - - - - -
M. Sullivan - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Diener - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 74 28 15 27/51 7/16 13/17 17 200 1 4 11 4 24