Purdue edged by NCAA champs at Mackey

Purdue forward Caleb Swanigan (50) and Villanova guard Donte DiVincenzo (10) battle for the ball in the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in West Lafayette, Ind., Monday, Nov. 14, 2016. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (AP) – Josh Hart scored 24 points and Darryl Reynolds added 12 to lead No. 3 Villanova to a 79-76 victory over No. 15 Purdue on Monday night.
The Wildcats (2-0) have won eight straight, including the six NCAA Tournament victories that gave them the national title last season. They also snapped the Boilermakers’ nine-game home winning streak and became only the second team to beat Matt Painter in November since he became Purdue’s coach in 2006-07.
Isaac Haas scored 18 of his 22 points in the second half for the Boilermakers (1-1). Caleb Swanigan had 20 points, eight rebounds and four assists.
Villanova scored seven straight baskets to start the second half, charging out to a 56-45 lead. But Swanigan and Haas combined for five consecutive Purdue buckets in a run that pulled the Boilermakers to 61-60.