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No. 4 Villanova Pulls Away Late For 61-51 Win At DePaul

Feb. 11, 2006

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ROSEMONT, Ill. (AP) - Randy Foye scored 23 points and Kyle Lowry added 15 to lead No. 4 Villanova to its eighth straight win, 61-51 over DePaul on Saturday.

Foye was 8-of-20 from the field, including 4-of-12 on 3-pointers, but he hit several clutch shots in the second half. He had a layup and jumper during a six-point run late that increased the lead to 52-40.

Lowry was 5-for-11 from the field and grabbed six rebounds. He had 25 points, six assists, five rebounds and four steals in Tuesday's 71-58 victory over Saint Joseph's on Tuesday.

The Wildcats (19-2, 9-1 Big East) were without third-leading scorer Mike Nardi, who missed his second straight game with tonsillitis. Villanova's next game is Monday night against No. 1 Connecticut.

Karron Clarke scored 14 points for DePaul (9-13, 2-9), which lost for the eighth time in nine games. The Blue Demons were 10-for-23 at the free throw line.

DePaul outscored Villanova 17-8 over the opening 9:31 of the second half to pull within 40-37.

With the score 46-40, Villanova's Bilal Benn put back an airball by Allan Ray, and Foye followed with a layup and jumper that made it a 12-point game with 3:37 left.

The game was the first between Villanova and new Big East member DePaul since February 1979. DePaul has not beaten a Top Ten team since December 2001, when it defeated No. 10 Missouri at the United Center in Chicago. Its last victory over a Top 5 opponent was by one point in overtime over No. 3 Cincinnati at Allstate Arena eight years ago.



A jumper by Wilson Chandler and a basket by Marlon Brumfield pulled DePaul within 32-24 early in the second half, but Foye hit a 3 from the left wing.

Another 3 by Foye made it 40-26, but Jabari Currie and Clarke hit from the outside to pull DePaul within 40-32. After a missed jumper by Ray, Chandler brought the crowd to its feet with a dunk that made it a six-point game. Sammy Mejia's 3-pointer then pulled DePaul within 40-37 with 9:29 remaining.

The Wildcats built a 32-20 halftime lead despite missing six of their first seven shots and hitting just 12 of 31 overall.