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Villanova 78, Towson 44

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Villanova jumped out to an early 22-6 lead and cruised past visiting Towson 78-44 on Sunday, handing the Tigers their first loss of the season.

The Tigers, who were coming of a 75-69 win over Temple on Thursday, didn't have as much luck in its second game against a Philadelphia school. Towson tuned the ball over 18 times in the first half en route to a 42-20 deficit at intermission. It finished the game with 24 turnovers, while shooting 31 percent from the field. The Tigers were 2-for-17 from three-point range and 8-for-19 at the free throw line.

Towson's Jerrelle Benimon, coming off a career-high 32 points against Temple on Thursday, was held to 11 points on just eight shots. Nobody else scored in double figures for Towson (3-1). Marcus Damas, who had scored in double figures in each of the first three games, went scoreless and missed all eight of his shots.

James Bell scored 20 points to lead the Wildcats (3-0). Ryan Arcidiacono and JayVaughn Pinkston each had 12 points, and Darrun Hilliard added 10.

The Tigers next travel to Kansas to face the Jayhawks on Friday. Villanova also plays on Friday, hosting Delaware.
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