PHILADELPHIA—Achraf Yacoubou had 13 points to lead Villanova to a 68-55 victory over Pennsylvania in a foul-plagued contest Saturday night.

Ryan Arcidiacono added 12 points, and Mouphtaou Yarou and JayVaughn Pinkston added 10 points apiece for the Wildcats (5-4).

It was the 10th straight win over Penn for Villanova, which leads the all-time Philadelphia Big 5 series 43-17.

"Really not pretty, but pretty to us," Villanova coach Jay Wright said. "We are not where any of our fans would want us to be. But we understand where we are and we're OK with it. We have a lot of inexperience, but great kids and we're going to keep getting better. And we're going to see how far we can take it this year and we think we can be a good team."

Miles Cartwright had 16 points and Steve Rennard added 12 for the Quakers (2-7). Penn fell behind by 12 points early and battled from behind the entire game.

"I'm not into moral victories," Penn coach Jerome Allen said. "You can say we battled back, but at the end of the day we try to prepare our guys to win basketball games and not come close and not have a solid showing.

"In my opinion our standard is so high, the brand we represent—expectations here are extremely high and we're not doing a good enough job locking into those expectations and carrying the same habits that merit those expectations on a consistent basis."

The teams combined for 52 fouls, 30 by Penn, with Villanova going 26 for 38 from the free-throw line and Penn 22 for 33 from the stripe. And they combined for more turnovers (32) than made field goals (31).

"It's probably 70 percent inexperience and 30 percent two teams that are really getting after it defensively," Wright said.

Penn cut Villanova's eight-point halftime lead to three on Henry Brooks' jumper, making it 35-32 with 18:41 left. The Quakers could not get any closer as Villanova went on a 13-6 run, capped by Yacoubou's three-point play for a 48-38 advantage with 11:41 remaining.

"That really helped my confidence and if I keep listening to everything coach is saying and paying attention to details, I'm going to be good," Yacoubou said. "Whatever coach wants me to do, I'm going to do it. Everybody has to put their egos to the side and play hard."

The teams combined for 41 free-throw attempts in the first half. Villanova led 14-2 early, but couldn't pull away from Penn and took a 35-27 lead into halftime. Penn trailed only by eight despite shooting 4 for 17 from the field in the opening 20 minutes.

The teams combined to shoot 6 for 23 from 3-point range in the first half, and finished a combined 13 for 37 from beyond the arc.

Fran Dougherty, who entered the game leading Penn in scoring at 17.1 points per game, had just two points.

"I thought we did a great job on Dougherty, who I think is a really good player," Wright said. "And that was really key. We had four different forwards on him."

Said Allen, "I just think from the start I'm not really sure how in tune to the game he was."