VILLANOVA, Pa. (AP) — JayVaughn Pinkston scored 19 points, Dylan Ennis had 17 and No. 11 Villanova led all the way in a 91-61 romp over Providence on Sunday night.
Pinkston dunked off the opening tip, and the Wildcats (13-1, 2-0 Big East) simply dominated from there, thrashing the Friars (10-5, 0-2), who beat them twice last season. The Wildcats opened on a 9-0 run, and hit 10 of their first 11 shots to build a 24-point lead.
The Wildcats were shooting 32 percent from 3-point range this season, but connected with ease in the first half. Darrun Hilliard, Josh Hart and Ennis all hit two to help the Wildcats go 7 of 13 in the first half. They made 14 of 26 overall.
Because of quick foul trouble, James Bell played only 1 minute in the first half. But Villanova’s second-leading scorer joined the 3-point parade in the second half, hitting two straight for a 59-30 lead.