Darrun Hilliard scored 17 points and Ryan Arcidiacono added 16 in win over the Golden Eagles.
2/16 Final: Wildcats 80, Pirates 54
Darrun Hilliard scored 21 points to lead Villanova
Villanova cruises to a 86-51 victory over East Tennessee State
Villanova earns a 87-63 victory over Nebraska at home.
Villanova hosts Fairleigh Dickinson.
Men's Basketball vs. NC State in the Round of 32 of the NCAA Tournament; Credit: USA Today (USATSI)
Big East Tournament Semifinal on March 13, 2015
An improving big man with terrific hands and defensive instincts ... One of the Wildcats best passers who is especially effective feeding the post ... Offensive game continues to expand.
2014-15 Overview: Led the BIG EAST in field goal accuracy (.644) and finished third in the conference in rebounding (8.5 rpg) ... Named Philadelphia Big Five Most Improved Player and Honorable Mention All-BIG EAST ... Moved into eighth place on Villanova's All-Time Blocked Shots list (125) by season's end.
2015 NCAA Tournament Highlights: Pulled down 11 rebounds in 26 minutes of a 71-68 loss to N.C. State in the third round in Pittsburgh, Pa. ... Connected on all five of his field goal attempts and finished with 14 points to go with a team-high nine rebounds in a 93-52 victory over Lafayette.
2015 Big East Tournament Highlights: Delivered a double-double with 15 points and 13 rebounds in a semifinal win over Providence ... Also blocked five shots ... Led the Wildcats with seven rebounds to go with six points in an 84-49 victory over Marquette on March 12.
2014-15 Big East Regular Season: Averaged 8.6 ppg and 8.8 rpg in conference only action ... Capped off the regular season by connecting on all eight field goal attempts to tie a career- high with 21 points in a 105-68 win over St. John's ... Also added five blocked shots to match a career-high in that category ... Contributed nine points and nine rebounds to a 76-72 win at Creighton on March 3 ... Added 10 points and a team-high eight rebounds to the cause in a 78-66 win over Xavier on Feb. 28 ... Led Villanova with 12 rebounds go go with 11 points, four assists, two steals and a blocked shot in an 80-54 win over Seton Hall ... Came off the bench to supply 19 points and nine rebounds in a 74-68 win at Providence ... Connected on all seven of his field goal attempts in the Feb. 11 win ... Collected a dozen rebounds in 28 minutes to go with seven points in a 68-55 win at DePaul on Jan. 31 ... Created a new career- high with 21 points to go with 10 rebounds, four assists, a steal and blocked shot in a 62-47 win at Penn on Jan. 17 .. Connected on 8-of-12 field goal attempts ... Was a major force in a 90-72 win over St. John's on Jan. 6 with 13 points and 13 rebounds ... Enjoyed his best statistical day as a collegian, scoring 19 points and adding 24 rebounds in a 66-61 overtime loss at Seton Hall on Jan. 3 ... Connected on 7-of-9 field goal attempts ... Established a new career-high with five blocked shots in a 67-55 victory over Butler on Dec. 31. Also added 10 points and nine rebounds.
2014-15 Non-Conference Highlights: Helped lead VU to a 62-47 victory at Penn on Jan. 17 with 21 points on 8-of-12 shooting from the field to go with 10 points and four assists ... Posted a double-double with 13 points and 10 rebounds in a 92-67 victory over NJIT on Dec. 23 ... Chipped in with six points and eight rebounds in an 82-77 overtime victory over Syracuse on Dec. 20 ... Contributed 10 points and five rebounds to an 85-62 win over Temple on Dec. 14 ... His second half offense from the low post was instrumental in VU's 73-59 win over Illinois on Dec. 9 ... Finished with 12 points, six rebounds and four blocked shots in 25 minutes of activity ... Supplied 10 points and eight rebounds to the cause in a Dec. 3 win at La Salle ... Supplied 12 points and six rebounds to the cause in a 78-47 victory over Delaware on Nov. 30 ... Added 10 points in 20 minutes in the Wildcats' 60-55 victory over Michigan on Nov. 25 in the title game of the Progressive Legends Classic title game in Brooklyn... Recorded his first double-double of 2014-15 with 14 points and 10 rebounds in a 72-65 win over Bucknell ... Also had three blocked shots, including two critical ones in the final two minutes ... Connected on 4-of-5 field goal attempts en route to a 10 point, nine rebound effort in the win over Lehigh.
2013-14 Overview: Shared the BIG EAST Most Improved Player award with teammate Darrun Hilliard ... Tied for the team rebounding lead at 6.1 ppg with James Bell and JayVaughn Pinkston ... Led the Wildcats with 52 blocked shots (1.5 bpg) and started 32 of 34 games.
2013-14 NCAA Tournament: Scored four points and collected eight rebounds in the NCAA Tournament third round against Connecticut ... Also added four points and nine caroms in the 73-53 second round triumph over Milwaukee in round two in Buffalo, N.Y.
2013-14 BIG EAST Tournament: Tallied six points and four rebounds in a 64-63 loss to Seton Hall in the quarterfinal round.
2013-14 BIG EAST Regular Season: Averaged 6.9 points and 5.9 rebounds per game in 18 league games, connecting on .718 of his field goal attempts ... His five points and four rebounds helped the Wildcats down Georgetown 77-59 in the regular season finale ... Added seven points and five rebounds in a 67-48 win over Butler at the Pavilion on Senior Night ... Grabbed 11 rebounds and added five points in a 57-54 win over St. John's on Feb. 22 ... Delivered 11 points, eight rebounds and two steals in a career-high 36 minutes at Providence on Feb. 18 ... Posted his first career double-double with 10 points and 10 rebounds in a 70-53 win over Seton Hall ... Also set a new career-high with six assists ... Contributed seven points and six rebounds to an 81-58 Wildcats' win over Xavier on Feb. 3 ... Went 5-of-6 from the floor en route to 11 points, seven rebounds and three blocked shots at Temple on Feb. 1 .... Connected on all five of his field goal attempts, finishing with 2 points, in a 65-60 BIG EAST win at Georgetown on Jan. 27 ... Added five rebounds, nine points and a blocked shot in a 94-85 win at Marquette on Jan. 25 ... Connected on all six of his field goal attempts to post a season-high 14 points in a Jan. 18 win over DePaul ... Also had six rebounds, four assists and three blocked shots ... Added a season-high 10 points to go with seven rebounds in a 74-67 win over St. John's on Jan. 11 ... Contributed six points, four rebounds and a pair of blocked shots in a 91-61 victory over Providence on Jan. 21 ... Connected on 4-of-5 field goal attempts and finished with eight points, four rebounds and two blocked shots in a 76-73 overtime victory at Butler on Dec. 31
2013-14 Non-Conference Highlights: Added four points and six rebounds to an 88-67 win over Rider on Dec. 21 ... Logged 26 minutes with four points, seven rebounds, four assists, two blocked shots and two steals in a 73-52 win over La Salle on Dec. 15 ... Added six points and three rebounds in 21 minutes of a 98-68 win at Saint Joseph's on Dec. 7 ... Collected 11 rebounds to go with six points in an 84-80 win over Delaware ... Established a new career-high in blocked shots with four against Towson ... Also added eight rebounds, a team-high, and four points ... Finished one rebound shy of his career-high when he pulled down 11 caroms in 19 minutes in a 75-59 win over Lafayette on opening night at the Pavilion.
2012-13 Overview: Served primarily as an understudy to senior Mouphtaou Yarou ... Appeared in all 34 games, averaging 17.5 minutes per outing ... Pulled down 4.1 rebounds per outing and averaged 3.5 ppg ... Started all games in January and February.
2013 NCAA Tournament: Collected a pair of rebounds in 10 minutes of activity in a second round loss to North Carolina.
2013 BIG EAST Championship: Logged 20 minutes of a 66-53 win over St. John's on Mar. 13.
2012-13 BIG EAST Regular Season Highlights: His four free throws against Georgetown on March 6 were a season-high ... Recorded a season-high three blocked shots on March 3 at Pittsburgh ... Chipped in with four points, three rebounds and two assists in a 60-56 win over No. 17 Marquette on Feb. 23 ... Collected a season-high 12 rebounds on Feb. 3 against Providence ... Added eight points and three rebounds at Providence on Jan. 19 ... Contributed eight rebounds in 23 minutes of a 58-43 loss to Pittsburgh on Jan. 16 ... Added four points, seven rebounds and a pair of blocked shots in a 72-61 loss at Syracuse on Jan. 12 ... Made a strong impact in his first career start on Jan. 9 at USF, scoring a season-high 12 points to go with eight rebounds ... Contributed six points, six rebounds and a pair of blocked shots to a 98-86 victory over St. John's on Jan. 2.
2012-13 Non-Conference Highlights: Collected 11 rebounds in 23 minutes of a 70-60 win over NJIT on Dec. 28 ... Notched 11 points to go with seven rebounds and a pair of blocked shots in 75-65 win over Delaware on Dec. 16 ... Connected on 5-of-6 field goal attempts ... His basket off of an offensive rebound with 1:08 to play helped VU rally to defeat Saint Joseph's 65-61 on Dec. 11 ... Also grabbed five rebounds against the Hawks ... Collected five rebounds and a blocked shot in a 68-55 win over Penn on Dec. 8 at the Palestra ... Added three points and four rebounds in a 62-52 win at Vanderbilt on Dec. 1 in Nashville ... Played 26 significant minutes in VU's pulsating 89-81 overtime victory over Purdue, contributing seven points and eight rebounds on Nov. 15 ... Added six points and two rebounds in 19 minutes against UDC on Nov. 9.
Played his prep basketball at the Westtown School before finishing up his studies at Downingtown East High School ... Ranked 54th on ESNPU's list of Top 100 players in the class of 2012 ... Averaged 16 points and 12 rebounds per game as a junior at the Westtown School ... Considered Georgetown, Temple, and Texas as well as VU ... Signed a national letter of intent to attend Villanova in November 2011 ... Parents are Hassan and Elizabeth Ochefu ... Also has two younger sisters and a brother, including Marie (15), Anthony (13) and Ashley (11)... Last name is pronounced Oh-chef-fu.