Tuesday, February 24: Villanova 89, Providence 61
Darrun Hilliard scored 17 points and Ryan Arcidiacono added 16 in win over the Golden Eagles.
2/16 Final: Wildcats 80, Pirates 54
Wildcats win 89-61 over Providence for ninth-straight conference win
No. 6 Men's Basketball defeats Marquette on the road, 87-76 (USATSI)
February 16, 2015
No. 7 Men's Basketball defeats No. 24 Georgetown, 69-54; Credit: USA Today
Villanova vs. Marquette (USATSI)
A quality athlete with an ability to move without the basketball ... Versatile enough to handle the basketball if needed ... Has range to 3-point territory with a smooth lefthanded stroke.
2013-14: Shared the BIG EAST Most Improved Player Award with teammate Daniel Ochefu ... Also named second team All-Philadelphia Big 5 and Honorable Mention All-BIG EAST ... Ranked second on the team in scoring at 14.3 ppg and connected on .414 of his attempts from beyond the 3-point arc, which ranked fourth among all BIG EAST performers ... Scored his 1,000th career point in the NCAA Tournament against Connecticut and has amassed 1,010 points in three seasons on the Main Line.
2013-14 NCAA Tournament: Scored 16 points to help lead Villanova to a 73-53 victory over Milwaukee in the second round in Buffalo ... Added 13 points and five rebounds in the 77-65 loss to eventual champion Connecticut in the third round ... Has averaged 15.7 ppg in three NCAA Tournament contests as a Wildcat.
2013-14 BIG EAST Tournament: Scored 11 points, including a clutch basket with seven seconds left to give Villanova the lead at 63-62 against Seton Hall before a Sterling Gibbs basket at the buzzer lifted the Pirates to the win.
2013-14 BIG EAST Regular Season: Averaged 15.1 ppg in 18 conference games ... His 19 points and five assists helped spark VU to a 77-59 win over Georgetown on March 8 at the Wells Fargo Center ... Led the Wildcats with 19 points and four rebounds in a 77-70 win at Xavier on March 6 ... Named to the BIG EAST Honor Roll on March 3 ... Established a new career high with 26 points on 7-of-11 shooting from the field in a 73-56 win over Marquette on Mar. 2 at the Wells Fargo Center ... His 18 points helped lead Villanova past St. John's on Feb. 22 ... Connected on 6-of-8 field goal attempts and ended the day with 18 points ... Set a career high in minutes in an 82-79 win at Providence (43) ... Led the Wildcats with 22 points on 7-of-9 shooting from the field in an 87-62 win at DePaul ... Supplied 10 points and exceptional defense on Fuquan Edwin in a 70-53 win over Seton Hall on Feb. 7 ... Scored 15 of his 17 points after halftime to help lead VU past Xavier 81-58 on Feb. 3 ... Provided 20 points on 8-of-13 shooting to help VU past Marquette 94-85 on Jan. 25 ... His 19 points helped lead VU past Seton Hall on Jan. 8 ... Connected on 4-of-5 of his 3-point field goal attempts in that win ... Continued his steady play with 15 points, three assists and a pair of steals in a 91-61 win over Providence on Jan. 5 ... Established new career bests at the free throw line on Dec. 31 at Butler, sinking 11-of-14 on his way to a 15 point effort.
2013-14 Non-Conference Highlights: Contributed 13 points, seven rebounds, two assists and two steals to a win over Rider on Dec. 21 ... Notched a season-high 21 points and four steals in a 73-52 victory over La Salle on Dec. 15 ... Produced 14 points, two assist and two blocked shots at Saint Joseph's on Dec. 7 ... Paced the Wildcats to a 77-54 win over Penn with 19 points and four rebounds ... Helped lead the `Cats past Kansas with 14 points and six rebounds ... Contributed 16 points and five rebounds in a 94-79 win over USC at the Battle 4 Atlantis ... Provided six assists to go with 15 points and nine rebounds in an 84-80 victory on Nov. 22 over Delaware ... Added 10 points and four rebounds in the win over Towson ... Connected on 8-of-10 field goal attempts on his way to a 18-point effort in 24 minutes of a 90-59 win over Mount St. Mary's ... Established a new career high with seven assists in a season opening 75-59 win over Lafayette ... Contributed 13 points, five rebounds and three steals as well.
2012-13 Overview: Enjoyed a breakthrough campaign, starting all 34 games while averaging 11.4 ppg ... Named the national college player of the week in late January ... Added 2.8 rpg.
2013 NCAA Tournament: Played a strong game in his first NCAA action, draining 8-of-15 field goal attempts to finish with 18 points in 36 minutes. Also added six rebounds in the 78-71 loss to North Carolina.
2013 BIG EAST Championship: Added four points, four assists and a pair of steals in 29 minutes against St. John's ... Had seven points, three rebounds and three assists against Louisville in the quarterfinal.
2012-13 BIG EAST Regular Season Highlights: Dropped in a critical 3-pointer with 5:42 left in the game to help VU down No. 5 Georgetown 67-57 on Mar. 6 ... Ended the night with 14 points and three steals ... Notched 22 points on 7-of-10 shooting from the field to help lift the Wildcats past No. 17 Marquette 60-56 on Feb. 23 ... Helped key a second half rally against Rutgers, scoring 14 points and adding three steals and three rebounds to help VU down the Scarlet Knights 71-63 ... Dropped in six of eight field goal attempts for 17 points in a 68-40 win over USF on Feb. 9 ... Converted 7-of-11 from the field and finished with 17 points in a 94-71 win at DePaul ... Sank all 10 of his free throws against Providence, establishing a new career-high for free throws made ... Led the Wildcats with 17 points in a 55-52 loss to Providence on Feb. 3 ... Added 14 points in 34 minutes of a 65-60 loss to Notre Dame on Jan. 30 ... Named Oscar Robertson National Player of the Week on Jan. 28 ... Also tapped as BIG EAST Player of the Week and co-Philadelphia Big Five Player of the Week on Jan. 27 ... Notched new career highs in points (25), rebounds (seven), assists (six), minutes (38) and field goals (eight) in a 75-71 overtime victory over No. 3 Syracuse on Jan. 26 ... Connected on 8-of-11 from the field ... His traditional 3-point play with just over seven minutes to play helped ignite a Wildcat rally that culminated in a 73-64 win over No. 5 Louisville on Jan. 22. Contributed 14 points and three rebounds in 34 minutes at Providence on Jan. 19 ... Led the Wildcats with 14 points, including 3-of-3 from beyond the 3-point arc, in a 58-43 loss to Pittsburgh on Jan. 16 ... Collected six rebounds in a 61-53 win at USF on Jan. 9 ... Dropped in three key free throws to help Villanova force overtime against St. John's on Jan. 2 in a game it would go on to win ... Ended the evening with 14 points, four steals and four rebounds in 33 minutes.
2012-13 Non-Conference Highlights: Established a new career high with eight free throws in a 70-60 win over NJIT on Dec. 28 ... Added 10 points and four assists in a 75-65 win over Delaware on Dec. 16 ... Drained 2-of-3 from beyond the arc and ended the night with eight points in 27 minutes at Vanderbilt on Dec. 1 ... Posted a new career high for the second time in as many games with 22 points, on 7-of-10 shooting from the field, in an 89-81 win over Purdue in the semifinals of the 2K Sports Classic on Nov. 15 ... Dropped in 15 points to go with two assists and two steals in VU's 80-68 win over Marshall on Nov. 11 ... Chipped in with six points, three rebounds and three steals in VU's 78-58 win over UDC on Nov. 9.
2011-12 Overview: Appeared in 29 games in his debut college campaign, with nine starts ... Connected on 76 percent of his field goal attempts and averaged 4.8 ppg along with 2.4 rpg ... Averaged 18.1 minutes per outing and his 21 made 3-point field goals were fourth among the Wildcats.
2011-12 BIG EAST Regular Season Highlights: Averaged 3.4 points and 1.7 rebounds per game in 16 appearances ... Contributed seven points, two steals and an assist in 21 minutes of action at USF on Feb. 15 ... Added eight points, two assists and two rebounds in an 84-76 win over Seton Hall on Jan. 18 ... Chipped in with four points and three assists against Syracuse on Jan. 11 ... Offered 12 points, four rebounds and a pair of steals in an 81-77 loss at No. 14 Marquette on New Year's Day .
2011-12 Postseason: Saw action against South Florida in the second round of the BIG EAST Tournament but did not collect a point or rebound.
2011-12 Non-Conference Highlights: Offered eight points and five rebounds to go with a pair of steals in a 74-58 loss at Saint Joseph's on Dec. 17 ... Added 13 points in 30 minutes of action against Missouri at Madison Square Garden on Dec. 6 ... Contributed a season-high 13 points to go with five rebounds and an assist in a 73-65 win over Penn on Dec. 3 at the Pavilion ... Was 4-of-4 from the field, including 3-of-3 from outside the 3-point arc, for 12 points in a 71-46 win over UC Riverside on Thanksgiving Day ... Contributed six points and six rebounds in VU's 79-69 win over Delaware on Nov. 18 ... His steal and subsequent basket in the final minute of regulation helped spark VU to a 76-69 overtime win over La Salle on Nov. 15 ... Was in the starting lineup for his college debut against Monmouth, finishing with nine points, three rebounds and two assists in a 106-70 win on Nov. 11.
LIBERTY HIGH SCHOOL
A two-time Associated Press first team All-State choice ... Averaged 19.7 points per game as a senior in 2010-11 ... Closed his career with 1,413 points at Liberty to finish second to Warren West on the school's all-time scoring list ... Contributed 181 rebounds as a senior and made 54 3-point field goals.
Jay Wright on Hilliard: "Darrun brings us so many qualities that we value at Villanova. He has a great feel for the game and a knack for doing what's needed to win. He scores when his team needs him to score, gets big rebounds and is an extremely versatile player."
Parents are Darrun Hilliard and Charlene Jenkins ... Signed a national letter of intent to attend Villanova in November 2010 ... A Liberal Arts major.