No. 3 Villanova needs Hart to get past No. 15 Purdue, 79-76


WEST LAFAYETTE, IN – NOVEMBER 14: Vince Edwards #12 of the Purdue Boilermakers and Mikal Bridges #25 of the Villanova Wildcats battle for the loose ball at Mackey Arena on November 14, 2016 in West Lafayette, Indiana. (Photo by Michael Hickey/Getty Images)

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WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. — Josh Hart scored 24 points and Darryl Reynolds added 12 to lead No. 3 Villanova to a 79-76 victory over No. 15 Purdue on Monday night.

The Wildcats (2-0) have won eight straight, including the six NCAA Tournament victories that gave them the national title last season. They also snapped the Boilermakers’ nine-game home winning streak and became only the second team to beat Matt Painter in November since he became Purdue’s coach in 2006-07.

Isaac Haas scored 18 of his 22 points in the second half for the Boilermakers (1-1). Caleb Swanigan had 20 points, eight rebounds and four assists.

Villanova scored seven straight baskets to start the second half, charging out to a 56-45 lead. But Swanigan and Haas combined for five consecutive Purdue buckets in a run that pulled the Boilermakers to 61-60.

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