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Hilliard leads No. 6 Villanova past Georgetown

Villanova's Josh Hart, center, goes up for a shot as Georgetown's D'Vauntes Smith-Rivera, left, and Reggie Cameron defend during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game, Saturday, March 8, 2014, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Darrun Hilliard scored 19 points to lead No. 6 Villanova to a dominating 77-59 victory over Georgetown on Saturday, preserving the Wildcats' hopes of a No. 1 seed in the NCAA tournament.

JayVaughn Pinkston added 13 points, and James Bell and Ryan Arcidiacono had 11 apiece for the Wildcats (28-3, 16-2), who won their sixth straight game while tying the 2005-06 team for second-most wins in program history. Villanova's 16 Big East wins are the most in school history.

The 18-point win marked the largest margin of victory for Villanova in a Big East game between the teams.

Markel Starks scored 20 points for the Hoyas (17-13, 8-10), who are in jeopardy of failing to make the NCAA tournament for the first time since 2009. D'Vauntes Smith-Rivera added 14 points and Aaron Bowen had 13 for Georgetown.

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