WEST LONG BRANCH, N.J. - Monmouth's up-tempo game plan was doomed to failure.
The host Hawks never could overcome Villanova's size - and talent - advantages by running the Wildcats into the hardwood.
In this clash of teams heading in opposite directions, Villanova overpowered the Hawks, 83-56, Saturday night behind a barrage of 15 three-pointers.
"They were smaller and quicker than us, but we were bigger and stronger and just wore them down after a while," 'Nova coach Jay Wright said of Monmouth. "Give them credit. They played us tough. They hung in."
It was the fourth straight win for Villanova (8-4) and the fourth straight loss for Monmouth (5-7).
A crowd of 3,989, largest in the three-year history of Monmouth's Multi-Purpose Athletic Center, witnessed a game that turned lopsided after a 44-29 first half. In a series dating back to 1981, the Wildcats have won all nine clashes, by margins as large as 48 points and as small as 13.
"Villanova's just a bigger, stronger Big East team," Monmouth coach King Rice said. "We're struggling a bit right now. But I'm proud of our guys. We fought for every ball."
James Bell powered Villanova with 15 points (4-for-6 three-point shooting) and five rebounds.
"James, he's our guy, he's our leader, he's our rock," Wright said.
"We just played our game," Bell said. "We forced turnovers  and took advantage."
Accuracy was key. The Wildcats were 15 of 22 (an eye-opening 68.2 percent) from behind the arc. In addition to Bell's 4 for 6, Ryan Arcidiacono went 3 for 5, Tony Chennault 3 for 3, JayVaughn Pinkston 2 for 2, and Achraf Yacoubou 2 for 4.
Andrew Nicholas, a 6-6 sophomore from Wrightsville, Pa., led the Hawks with 16 points. He was 4 of 8 on three-pointers.
Monmouth led just twice, in the game's earliest moments.
The gap went to 44-29 at the break as Chennault netted five points in the closing 36 seconds.
It was 61-40 at eight minutes of the second half and the rout was on as play deteriorated.