Villanova’s 15-year winning streak over DePaul ended with a 75-65 loss

All good issues come to an finish.

For Villanova, its 22-game profitable streak was snapped over DePaul on Tuesday night time at Wintrust Enviornment in Chicago.

The Blue Demons pulled away within the second half and held off the ‘Cats to take pleasure in a 75-65 win, their first over the ‘Cats in 5,487 days.

DePaul final beat the Cats on January 3, 2008, with an 84-76 win over then No. 17-ranked Villanova. Though the Cats weren’t seeded this time, they have been actually upsetting.

The cats collected some buckets late and gave Deepul a scare, however it wasn’t sufficient, as time ran out and Deepol managed to carry on.

“Hats off to DePaul, they went out and executed their sport plan,” Villanova coach Kyle Neptune mentioned. “Their children performed very arduous and shot some powerful photographs on the proper time.”

After a intently contested first half, with the Cats hanging on to a slim 31-30 lead on the break, partially to a late false name to slim the margin with mere seconds left within the first half, the Blue Demons turned the tide of the sport with a large 15-3 run that stretched over 5 couple of minutes.

Javan Johnson hit consecutive photographs that might spark the large race and provides the Blue Devils the lead for good.

The sport-changing second-chance bucket stretch was topped by Philmon Gebrewhit, who knocked down three objectives after an offensive rebound and an help from Da’Sean Nelson.

“We held our floor within the first half, had a number of stops all through the primary half, and sadly within the second half, they managed to get going,” Neptune mentioned.

The Bulldozer pushed a Villanova timeout, and the Cats got here off the break arduous with Eric Dixon, however they could not generate any momentum to get previous DePaul.

Villanova struggled with the turnover, coughing up the ball 14 occasions, which DePaul capitalized and transformed into 19 factors from turnovers.

The Blue Devils additionally heated up from the perimeter within the second half, taking pictures 7 of 13 as a workforce (53.8%).

“They went out and did some arduous triples, some deep ones, however I feel what hurts us essentially the most is that they made some arduous doubles alongside the best way,” mentioned Neptune. “Overhand, some powerful, arduous duets — pivoting, pivoting after which taking pictures guys. Now we have to return to the drafting board and we’ve got to get higher.”

At any time when the Wildcats appeared to be gaining momentum, the Blue Demons had a fast reply to crush them. Villanova narrowed the result in 58-56, after a pair of Eric Dixon free throws with 5:35 remaining, however that might be as shut as they may get.

Whereas Villanova reached the objective line within the closing minutes, it didn’t shoot properly from the bottom down the stretch, making simply two of the workforce’s final 10 shot makes an attempt within the ultimate six minutes.

Nelson sealed the victory with a sequence of free throws earlier than the ultimate buzzer, a becoming finish to his profession night time and his function in main the Blue Devils over the Cats.

The Neptunes mentioned of Nelson: “He is a very good participant – he pivoted, took his time and did a number of photographs on the guys”. “He was stronger than us, he obtained to the sting and solely bullied us.”

Nelson completed with 24 factors on 9-of-12 taking pictures, together with eight rebounds. Johnson made 18 factors and was 4-of-6 from behind the arc, with seven boards, three assists, three steals and a block. Iral Penn scored 11 factors, 5 rebounds and two blocks. Umoja Gibson had 10 factors, 5 assists and two steals.

For Villanova, Dixon had 22 factors, 10 rebounds and a double-double on 8-of-13 taking pictures, however had a low plus-minus workforce ranking of -17.

“I believed he was good on offense,” Neptune mentioned of Dixon. “He is a one-on-one heavyweight and Eric is nice there when he can get a very good one-on-one match.”

Cam Whitmore had 16 factors, two steals and 4 turnovers. Caleb Daniels scored 12 factors, however shot 4-of-16 total and 3-of-13 from deep, and had six assists. Chris Arcidiokonou had three factors, 9 rebounds, one help and one turnover. Brandon Slater had 5 factors, six boards and 4 turnovers.

The Cats are dipping under .500 and at the moment are sitting at 8-9 total and 2-4 in Large East play. They’re again in motion on Friday night time, once they resume their highway journey at Hinkle Fieldhouse for a sport towards Butler. The knowledge submission is scheduled for 7 p.m. ET.

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