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Hilliard scores 19 as No. 6 Villanova beats Georgetown 77-59 to preserve hopes of No. 1 seed

  • Villanova's Josh Hart, center, goes up for a shot as Georgetown's D'Vauntes Smith-Rivera, left, and Reggie Cameron defend during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game, Saturday, March 8, 2014, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

    Villanova's Josh Hart, center, goes up for a shot as Georgetown's D'Vauntes Smith-Rivera, left, and Reggie Cameron defend during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game, Saturday, March 8, 2014, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)  (The Associated Press)

  • Villanova's Josh Hart goes up for a dunk during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game against Georgetown, Saturday, March 8, 2014, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

    Villanova's Josh Hart goes up for a dunk during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game against Georgetown, Saturday, March 8, 2014, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)  (The Associated Press)

  • Villanova's James Bell, left, tries to drive past Georgetown's Nate Lubick during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game, Saturday, March 8, 2014, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

    Villanova's James Bell, left, tries to drive past Georgetown's Nate Lubick during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game, Saturday, March 8, 2014, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)  (The Associated Press)

Darrun Hilliard scored 19 points to lead No. 6 Villanova to a dominating 77-59 victory over Georgetown on Saturday, preserving the Wildcats' hopes of a No. 1 seed in the NCAA tournament.

JayVaughn Pinkston added 13 points, and James Bell and Ryan Arcidiacono had 11 apiece for the Wildcats (28-3, 16-2), who won their sixth straight game while tying the 2005-06 team for second-most wins in program history. Villanova's 16 Big East wins are the most in school history.

The 18-point win marked the largest margin of victory for Villanova in a Big East game between the teams.

Markel Starks scored 20 points for the Hoyas (17-13, 8-10), who are in jeopardy of failing to make the NCAA tournament for the first time since 2009. D'Vauntes Smith-Rivera added 14 points and Aaron Bowen had 13 for Georgetown.