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Feb. 2, 1998

Villanova Falls at Connecticut, 80-65

Game Statistics

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) - Richard Hamilton scored 29 points and passed the 1,000-point mark in his career Monday night as No. 7 Connecticut defeated Big East rival Villanova 80-65.

Hamilton, the Big East's second-leading scorer at 21.4 a game, now has 1,009 career points, joining Ray Allen of the Milwaukee Bucks as the only two players in Connecticut history to surpass 1,000 as a sophomore.

Khalid El-Amin had 17 points and Kevin Freeman had 11 for the Huskies (20-3, 10-2).

Howard Brown led Villanova (9-11, 6-6) with 17 points.

Five points by Hamilton keyed the Huskies to an early 11-3 lead, but Villanova came back with a 9-0 run to take its first lead of the night at 12-11 on a 3-pointer by Zeffy Penn.

A basket by Hamilton and two free throws by Freeman gave the Huskies their biggest lead of the half at 30-21 with six minutes left. Connecticut led 36-34 at halftime.

El-Amin scored seven points in a 13-5 run at the start of the second half. Three minutes later, Connecticut led 57-41 when Hamilton converted two free throws on a flagrant foul and then hit a 3-pointer on the inbounds play.