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Brunson helps No. 1 Villanova avoid upset against La Salle

Jay Wright led Villanova on a tour around the concourse of the Palestra, the basketball shrine that has served as the hardwood home for many of the game's greats.

Wilt Chamberlain played high school ball here. Kobe and LeBron, too.

There's even a spot dedicated to the greatest Villanova team of all — at least, at the time the display was installed — the 1985 national champions. The Palestra curators might want to clear space for 'Nova's 2016 title team — and maybe even prep a new wing for this year's Wildcats.

Jalen Brunson scored 26 points and Josh Hart had 21 to help No. 1 Villanova hold off La Salle 89-79 on Tuesday night.

"I just...