by Amy Moritz
Villanova picked up its first tournament win in its last three tries with a 73-53 win over Milwaukee in the second round of the NCAA Tournament at First Niagara Center. The game started Thursday night and ended after midnight Friday.
Milwaukee led by as many as five in the first half, but Villnova closed the stanza on a 9-0 run to take a 27-23 halftime lead.
The Wildcats worked on their lead, extending it to double-digits on a layup from JayVaughn Pinkston with 10:33 left in the game.
The Panthers shot well from outside in the first half, going 5-for-14 from three-point range, but Villanova dominated the paint and transition. The Wildcats scored 44 points in the paint and 19 on the fast break.
Darrun Hilliard led Villanova with 16 points as five players scored in double figures.
Austin Arians led all scorers with 17 for Milwaukee.
Villanova advances to play Connecticut in Saturday's third-round matchup at First Niagara Center. Game time is still to be announced.