Arcidiacono’s 18 helps Wildcats rally past Purdue
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Sophomore Darrun Hilliard netted a career-high 22 points, including several key shots in the comeback, and Langhorne’s own Wildcat Ryan Arcidiacono contributed 18 more for Villanova, which pushed its way to 3-0.
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Purdue took an early 6-3 lead before Villanova bounced back with an 8-0 run sparked by a 3-point goal from James Bell and a traditional 3-point play from sophomore JayVaughn Pinkston. The `Cats pushed the advantage to 2013 before the Boilermakers responded with a 9-0 run of its own to even the score with 6:14 to play in the half.
But Arcidiacono connected on a 3-point goal to give Villanova back the lead, 2522. Then, when the freshman guard and product of Neshaminy High School went to the bench after picking up his second foul of the contest with 2:51 to play in the period, the `Cats built on the lead, thanks to the work of Pinkston, who FORVHG WKH fiUVW KDOI wLWK nine points.
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Neshaminy High School product Ryan Arcidiacono, of Langhorne, has gotten off to a good start at Villanova.