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Villanova routs Delaware

Dec 1, 2014 - 2:22 AM Philadelphia, PA ( - Kris Jenkins scored 15 points to help No. 12 Villanova to a 78-47 rout of Delaware on Sunday.

Daniel Ochefu had 12 points and six rebounds while Darrun Hilliard II gave 12 points for the Wildcats (6-0), who were coming off a slim five-point win against Michigan on Tuesday.

"Good game for us," said Villanova coach Jay Wright. "(Delaware has) two really good players hurt and they're also young. So it was not their full unit. Our guys came out and took care of business.

"I like our defense. I like how we're getting our inside-out game going. We still have a lot of improvement to make, but that's alright because we're winning games."

Cazmon Hayes scored 17 points and Devonne Pinkard gave 11 for the Blue Hens (0-5), who have lost their past four games by double-digits.

"I told Jay (Wright) after the game that not only are they talented and playing well, but they are playing very confidently," Delaware coach Monte Ross said. "That is a good thing. That is a special thing when you are playing with a lot of confidence. When you expect good things to happen and you make good things happen.

"We've been averaging about 10 turnovers a game this season and they forced us into 17 turnovers; just because of their quickness, length, athleticism, all that, but also their tenacity. They are tenacious on defense."

Villanova led from start to finish and held a 15-4 advantage off a 3-pointer from Hilliard 7 1/2 minutes in.

Delaware cut its deficit to five when Kory Holden hit back-to-back jumpers to make it a 17-12 game with under six minutes to play.

Villanova, though, closed the half on a 17-4 run to take a 34-16 lead into the break.

The Wildcats came out of the locker room scoring the first 10 points, as Ochefu slammed the ball home to end the run for a 44-16 lead just over two minutes in.

Delaware got no closer than 22 back the rest of the way.

Game Notes

Delaware hosts Army on Wednesday ... Villanova plays at city-rival La Salle on Wednesday ... Villanova is 13-0 against Delaware ... The Wildcats shot 48.3 percent and held the Blue Hens to 31 percent shooting.