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Top 25 Capsules: Mikal Bridges scores 20 as No. 1 Villanova pounds DePaul 103-85

Villanova’s Jalen Brunson tries to keep the ball from DePaul’s Brandon Cyrus during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game Wednesday, Dec. 27, 2017, in Chicago. (Jim Young / Associated Press)
Villanova’s Jalen Brunson tries to keep the ball from DePaul’s Brandon Cyrus during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game Wednesday, Dec. 27, 2017, in Chicago. (Jim Young / Associated Press)
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CHICAGO – Mikal Bridges scored 20 points, Phil Booth added 17 points and six assists and No. 1 Villanova beat DePaul 103-85 on Wednesday night in the Big East opener for both teams.

The Wildcats (13-0, 1-0 Big East) closed in on last year’s program-record 14-0 start and gave coach Jay Wright his 399th victory in 17 seasons at Villanova.

Bridges and Booth each made four 3-pointers, and the Wildcats nailed 15 of 31 from long range.

Jalen Brunson had 16 points and five assists. Eric Paschall scored 16, and Villanova hit the 100-point mark for the third time this season.

Max Strus had 20 points, nine rebounds and six assists for DePaul (7-6, 0-1), which dropped its 13th straight against ranked opponents. They fell to 3-21 against No. 1 teams.

No. 6 Xavier 91, Marquette 87

MILWAUKEE – Trevon Blueitt had 23 points and J.P. Macura scored 11 of his 15 points in the second half for Xavier.

Tyrique Jones added 12 points on 5-of-6 shooting for Xavier (13-1, 1-0), which won its eighth straight game.

Andrew Rowsey led the Golden Eagles (9-4, 0-1) with 31 points but missed a 3 while open from a couple feet from behind the arc with 1:16 left with his team trailing 85-82.

The Big East leader in free throw shooting (79.8 percent), Xavier sealed the road victory by going 6 of 6 from the line over the final 28 seconds.

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