Villanova vs. Seton Hall final score: Guards lead Wildcats to road win, 83-67

Jim O'Connor-USA TODAY Sports

In typical Nova fashion, it was the backcourt powering the Wildcats to their third straight conference victory.

Ryan Arcidiacono and Darrun Hilliard combined for 33 points as the No. 8 Villanova Wildcats topped Seton Hall, 83-67, Wednesday night in Newark, N.J.

The Wildcats are now 3-0 in the Big East and have won three straight games, while the Pirates dropped to 1-2 in the conference. Arcidiacono hit three first-half three-pointers, a microcosm of how the game went for Nova.

Villanova starters were a combined 9-17 from beyond the arc, with the Wildcats shooting over 50 percent from long range as a team. On the other end, Villanova forced 16 turnovers to help offset 20 points from Brian Oliver.

Nova is off to its best start since the 2010-2011 season, when the Wildcats started 16-1. They will take their 14-1 record to St. John's, then return home to face DePaul. The Wildcats are 3-1 on the road this season, with their only loss coming to Syracuse in the vaunted Carrier Dome.

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