Jan. 28, 2013
VILLANOVA, Pa. - Sophomore guard Darrun Hilliard has been named BIG EAST Player of the Week for his work in helping Villanova upend a pair of teams ranked in the top five of the national polls, Louisville and Syracuse.
Hilliard delivered a sensational performance on Saturday in the 75-71 overtime victory over No. 3 Syracuse. The second-year player set an early tone, scoring 13 of the Wildcats first 25 points as Villanova built an early 12-point advantage against the Orange. This native of Bethlehem, Pa., would end the afternoon with 25 points on 8-of-ll shooting accuracy from the field.
Points were not all that Hilliard provided, though.
The sophomore guard collected career-highs in four other categories, including rebounds (seven); assists (six); field goals (eight); and minutes (38). Hilliard's previous career-high in scoring had come in another overtime game, this one played at Madison Square Garden in March against Purdue (22 points).
In the two wins, Hilliard averaged 18.0 points and 5.5 rebounds per game.
Hilliard is the first Wildcat to earn conference Player of the Week plaudits in 2012-13. Freshman guard Ryan Arcidiacono has been honored as BIG EAST Rookie of the Week on three occasions earlier this season.