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Villanova men set school record for regular-season victories

Darrun Hilliard scored 26 points to lead No. 8 Villanova past visiting Marquette.


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PHILADELPHIA – Darrun Hilliard watched intently Saturday night as the Philadelphia 76ers retired Allen Iverson’s number at the Wells Fargo Center.

Less than 24 hours later, at the same arena, he tried to recreate the magic of his favorite player. Hilliard scored a career-high 26 points and No. 8 Villanova set a school record for regular-season victories with a 73-56 decision over Marquette on Sunday.

“A.I .was the man,” said Hilliard, a 6-foot-6 junior guard. “That was my favorite player. Seeing him go out and be the smallest guy on the court and doing what he did with everything against him, it was something I looked up to.”

The Wildcats (26-3 overall, 14-2 Big East) have won four straight and 10 of 11.

Deonte Burton scored 13 points for Marquette (17-12, 9-7).

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No. 2 Notre Dame 84, at No. 13 North Carolina St. 60

Natalie Achonwa scored 19 points as the Fighting Irish (29-0, 16-0 Atlantic Coast) ended a perfect regular season by beating the Wolfpack (24-6, 11-5).

At No. 10 Tennessee 73, No. 4 South Carolina 61

Isabelle Harrison had 20 points and 15 rebounds as the Vols (24-5, 13-3 Southeastern) ended a 10-game winning streak by the Gamecocks (26-3, 14-2).



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