No. 1 overall seed Villanova defeated (16) Mount St. Mary’s, 76-56, in the first round of the East regional. The Wildcats entered halftime with a 1-point lead over the Mountaineers despite struggling to settle into the game early on. Villanova went on a 21-6 run to start the second half, which helped them pull away from the Mountaineers and ultimately secure the win.
Redshirt freshman Donte DiVincenzo scored a team-high 21 points and recorded a career-high 13 rebounds, while sophomores Jalen Brunson and Mikal Bridges added 14 and 13 points respectively. The Mountaineers were led in scoring by freshman Miles Wilson, who had a game-high 22 points, and sophomore Elijah Long, who finished with 10 points.
Up next for the Wildcats is (8) Wisconsin/(9) Virginia Tech this Saturday in the second round of the East Regional.
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-(1) Villanova faces (9) Alabama in the second round of the NCAA tournament