WEST LONG BRANCH, N.J. (AP) — JayVaughn Pinkston scored 16 points and had eight assists to lead Villanova past Monmouth 83-56 on Saturday night, the Wildcats’ fourth consecutive victory.
James Bell had 15 points, Tony Chennault 11 and Darrun Hilliard 10 for the Wildcats (8-4), who used a 23-6 run in the second half to put the game out of reach.
Andrew Nicholas scored 16 points and Marcus Ware had 12 for Monmouth (5-7).
Despite dominating in most categories, the Wildcats led only 34-27 with 4:19 remaining in the first half. Hilliard made three foul shots and a layup, and Tony Chennault hit a 3-pointer and made two free throws in Villanova’s 10-2 run for a 44-29 advantage at the break.
Monmouth closed to 44-36 only 2:14 into the second half, but Villanova ran off 10 straight points and eventually pushed the advantage to 65-41 at the 10:18 mark on Chennault’s 3-pointer.