Top-seeded Villanova takes care of Mount St. Mary's

BUFFALO, N.Y. -- Redshirt freshman Donte DiVincenzo came off the bench to score 21 points and grab a career-high 13 rebounds and defending national champion Villanova shook off a slow start to defeat Mount St. Mary's 75-56 in an NCAA Tournament first-round game Thursday night at KeyBank Center.

The Wildcats, the tournament's No. 1 overall seeded, went scoreless on their first eight possession and didn't take control of the game until the second half when they shot 63 percent with 16 layups and dunks.

Jalen Brunson added 14 points for Villanova, Mikal Bridges scored 13, Josh Hart had 11 and Eric Paschall chipped in 10.

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Villanova vs. Mount St. Mary's -- March Madness 2017
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Villanova vs. Mount St. Mary's -- March Madness 2017
Mar 16, 2017; Buffalo, NY, USA; Mount St. Mary's Mountaineers guard Miles Wilson (10) drives against Villanova Wildcats forward Dylan Painter (42) in the second half during the first round of the NCAA Tournament at KeyBank Center. Villanova won 76-56. Mandatory Credit: Timothy T. Ludwig-USA TODAY Sports
Mar 16, 2017; Buffalo, NY, USA; Mount St. Mary's Mountaineers guard Elijah Long (55) reacts in the first half against the Villanova Wildcats during the first round of the NCAA Tournament at KeyBank Center. Mandatory Credit: Timothy T. Ludwig-USA TODAY Sports
Mar 16, 2017; Buffalo, NY, USA; Villanova Wildcats guard Josh Hart (3) drives to the basket against Mount St. Mary's Mountaineers guard Junior Robinson (0) in the second half during the first round of the NCAA Tournament at KeyBank Center. Mandatory Credit: Mark Konezny-USA TODAY Sports
Mar 16, 2017; Buffalo, NY, USA; Mount St. Mary's Mountaineers guard Elijah Long (55) brings the ball up court against Villanova Wildcats guard Mikal Bridges (25) in the second half during the first round of the NCAA Tournament at KeyBank Center. Mandatory Credit: Timothy T. Ludwig-USA TODAY Sports
BUFFALO, NY - MARCH 16: Mount St. Mary's Mountaineers center Mawdo Sallah (1) wins the tip-off over Villanova Wildcats forward Darryl Reynolds (45) during the NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Championship first round game between Mount St. Mary's Mountaineers and Villanova Wildcats on March 16, 2017 at the Key Bank Center in Buffalo, NY. (Photo by Jerome Davis/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
Mar 16, 2017; Buffalo, NY, USA; Mount St. Mary's Mountaineers guard Junior Robinson (0) drives the ball between Villanova Wildcats forward Kris Jenkins (2) and guard Jalen Brunson (right) in the second half during the first round of the NCAA Tournament at KeyBank Center. Mandatory Credit: Timothy T. Ludwig-USA TODAY Sports
BUFFALO, NY - MARCH 16: Miles Wilson #10 of the Mount St. Mary's Mountaineers goes up to shoot against Dylan Painter #42 of the Villanova Wildcats in the second half during the first round of the 2017 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at KeyBank Center on March 16, 2017 in Buffalo, New York. Villanova Wildcats won 76-56. (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)
BUFFALO, NY - MARCH 16: Elijah Long #55 of the Mount St. Mary's Mountaineers shoots against Donte DiVincenzo #10 of the Villanova Wildcats during the first round of the 2017 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at KeyBank Center on March 16, 2017 in Buffalo, New York. Villanova Wildcats won 76-56. (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)
Mar 16, 2017; Buffalo, NY, USA; Villanova Wildcats guard Josh Hart (3) drives against Mount St. Mary's Mountaineers guard Greg Alexander (23) in the first half during the first round of the NCAA Tournament at KeyBank Center. Mandatory Credit: Timothy T. Ludwig-USA TODAY Sports
BUFFALO, NY - MARCH 16: Darryl Reynolds #45 helps teammate Jalen Brunson #1 of the Villanova Wildcats out of the crowd in the first half against the Mount St. Mary's Mountaineers during the first round of the 2017 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at KeyBank Center on March 16, 2017 in Buffalo, New York. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
BUFFALO, NY - MARCH 16: Elijah Long #55 and Chris Wray #5 of the Mount St. Mary's Mountaineers react after their 56-76 loss to Villanova Wildcats during the first round of the 2017 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at KeyBank Center on March 16, 2017 in Buffalo, New York. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
BUFFALO, NY - MARCH 16: The Mount St. Mary's Mountaineers wave as they leave the court after their 56-76 loss to the Villanova Wildcats in the second half during the first round of the 2017 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at KeyBank Center on March 16, 2017 in Buffalo, New York. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
BUFFALO, NY - MARCH 16: Mikal Bridges #25 of the Villanova Wildcats fights for the ball against the Mount St. Mary's Mountaineers in the second half during the first round of the 2017 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at KeyBank Center on March 16, 2017 in Buffalo, New York. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
BUFFALO, NY - MARCH 16: Head coach Jay Wright of the Villanova Wildcats reacts in the first half against the Mount St. Mary's Mountaineers during the first round of the 2017 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at KeyBank Center on March 16, 2017 in Buffalo, New York. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
BUFFALO, NY - MARCH 16: Head coach Jamion Christian of the Mount St. Mary's Mountaineers watches play in the first half against the Villanova Wildcats during the first round of the 2017 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at KeyBank Center on March 16, 2017 in Buffalo, New York. (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)
BUFFALO, NY - MARCH 16: Elijah Long #55 of the Mount St. Mary's Mountaineers shoots a jump shot against the Villanova Wildcats in the first half during the first round of the 2017 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at KeyBank Center on March 16, 2017 in Buffalo, New York. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
BUFFALO, NY - MARCH 16: Head coach Jamion Christian of the Mount St. Mary's Mountaineers talks with Junior Robinson #0 in the first half against the Villanova Wildcats during the first round of the 2017 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at KeyBank Center on March 16, 2017 in Buffalo, New York. (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)
BUFFALO, NY - MARCH 16: Jalen Brunson #1 of the Villanova Wildcats is seen on the ground after driving against Junior Robinson #0 of the Mount St. Mary's Mountaineers in the first half during the first round of the 2017 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at KeyBank Center on March 16, 2017 in Buffalo, New York. (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)
BUFFALO, NY - MARCH 16: Jalen Brunson #1 of the Villanova Wildcats drives against Elijah Long #55 of the Mount St. Mary's Mountaineers as he draws the foul in the first half during the first round of the 2017 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at KeyBank Center on March 16, 2017 in Buffalo, New York. (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)
BUFFALO, NY - MARCH 16: Kris Jenkins #2 of the Villanova Wildcats shoots against Mawdo Sallah #1 of the Mount St. Mary's Mountaineers in the first half during the first round of the 2017 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at KeyBank Center on March 16, 2017 in Buffalo, New York. (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)
BUFFALO, NY - MARCH 16: Head coach Jay Wright of the Villanova Wildcats reacts to the referee during a time out in the first half against the Mount St. Mary's Mountaineers during the first round of the 2017 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at KeyBank Center on March 16, 2017 in Buffalo, New York. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
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The loss snapped a five-game winning streak for the Mountaineers (20-16), who qualified for the NCAA Tournament by winning the Northeast Conference tournament and defeated New Orleans in a First Four game Tuesday night in Dayton.

Freshman Miles Wilson led Mount St. Mary's with 22 points and seven rebounds. Elijah Long had 10 points.

After struggling at the start, Villanova opened the second half with a greater sense of urgency and used a 21-3 run early to take control of the game. Bridges made consecutive 3-pointers and Hart scored six of his points during the spurt that turned a one-point deficit into a 51-35 lead with 12:25 remaining.

The Wildcats did not score in the first 6:06 of the game and fell behind 10-2 before clawing their way back. They missed their first eight shots and were 5 for 21 before making 7 of 9 in the final seven minutes of the first half.

Kris Jenkins, who made the final shot of last year's NCAA Tournament, missed his first 10 attempts from the field, but hit three free throws to tie the game at 18-18 with 5:44 left in the half. Jenkins then set up Paschall for a dunk that gave Villanova its first lead, 26-25 at 1:23

Brunson scored on a driving layup just before the buzzer to give the Wildcats a 30-29 lead at halftime. Brunson scored 10 points in the first half. Hart sat for 11:23 of the first half after picking up his second foul.

Freshman Miles Wilson led the Mountaineers in the first half with 13 points and five rebounds, exceeding his season averages (11.5 points, 3.8 rebounds) in both categories.

NOTES: Villanova is 11-1 all-time against Mount St. Mary's. The first 11 meetings were all on the Wildcats' home floor. The Mountaineers lone win came in 1957. ... Mount St. Mary's has been a No. 16 seed in all five of its NCAA Tournament appearances. In their first three matchups against No. 1 seeds, the Mountaineers lost by an average of 36 points. All three of those teams (Kentucky in 1995, Michigan State in 1999, and North Carolina in 2008) advanced to the Final Four. ... Mount St. Mary's is 1-29 all-time against ranked opponents, including losses this season at West Virginia, Iowa State and Michigan. ... Hart moved into eighth place on Villanova's all-time single-season scoring list with 11 points, passing Michael Bradley, Howard Porter and Keith Herron during the game.

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