Rutgers Vs. Villanova Final Score: Wildcats Surprise Scarlet Knights, 70-49, To Advance To Round 2

The No. 14-seeded Villanova Wildcats pulled off a surprising defeat of No. 11 seed the Rutgers Scarlet Knights on Tuesday night in the first round of the 2012 Big East Tournament. A huge second half by Villanova ended in a 70-49 win for the Wildcats.

The Scarlet Knights took an early lead and entered halftime with a slim 34-30 lead. After the half, Villanova clamped down on defense and went on an impressive offensive run, resulting in a second half where the Wildcats outscored Rutgers 40-15.

Malik Wayns of Villanova was the leading scorer in the game with 28 points. Check out his highlight reel below.

Villanova now heads to the second round on Thursday where they will take on the No. 6 South Florida Bulls.

For complete coverage of the 2012 Big East Tournament, stay tuned to this StoryStream or visit SB Nation's dedicated NCAA basketball hub. For more on the Rutgers Scarlet Knights, please visit On The Banks. For updates on the Villanova Wildcats, head on over to The Nova Blog.

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