Down by 12 points, 59-47, midway through the second-half, The 16-1 Villanova Wildcats went on a 19-0 run to take a 66-59 lead over the 11-6 Maryland Terrapins. Once Villanova retook the lead, they never relinquished it. Maryland did not score from the 9:27 mark until there was 2:13 left in the game. During this 7 minute 14 second stretch the Terrapins were 0 for 8 from the field.
Although Maryland managed to cut Villanova’s lead to 3 points with 1:36 to go, Maalik Wayns hit a three-pointer from the corner to end the Maryland comeback. Villanova ended up on top 74-66 and won its last non-conference game of the regular season.
Villanova, which trailed at the half 36-33, won its eleventh game in a row. The Wildcats, who were short-handed due to Maurice Sutton being held out for a violation of team rules, and Dominic Cheek sustaining a knee injury early in the first-half, (Cheek did not play at all in the second- half), got a major lift from Sophomore Isaiah Armwood who grabbed 13 rebounds and kicked in 6 points.
Maalik Wayns led the way in scoring with 22 points, Corey Fisher added 17 points and had 5 assists, and Antonio Pena had a double-double with 14 points and 10 boards. Mouph Yarou who sat out a good portion of the first-half with foul trouble also corraled 12 rebounds.
The Terrapins, coached by Gary Williams, were paced by Jordan Williams who had a monster double-double with 25 points and 14 rebounds. Adrian Bowie and Dino Gregory each chipped in 10 points.
Next up for Villanova is a Monday afternoon game at Gampel Pavilion vs. Connecticut. The game begins at 3:30 pm on ESPN.
Corey Stokes Three-Pointer
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In their only appearance this season at the historic Palestra, the 12th ranked Villanova Wildcats took on the Penn Quakers of the Ivy League in a Big 5 match up. Villanova, coached by Jay Wright, came into the game with a record of 6-1 overall, 1-0 in the Big 5. Penn, coached by Jerome Allen, entered the game with a record of 4-3, 0-0 in the Big 5.
Paced by the smoking hot hand of Senior Corey Stokes, the Wildcats beat the feisty Quakers 65-53.
Stokes shot a scintillating 11 of 15 from the field, including 5 of 9 from three-point range, and 7 of 8 from the free-throw line, for a career high of 34 points. His previous career high was 22. Stokes was aided by fellow Senior Antonio Pena who added 16 points and a game high 8 rebounds. The rest of the Wildcats only contributed a total of 15 points.
For the Cats, who raised their record to 7-1 overall, and 2-0 in the Big 5, it was either fire, in the form of Stokes and Pena (7 of 10 field goal attempts) or ice in the form of everyone else (a combined 4 of 20, including a frigid zero of 8 on three point attempts).
Corey Fisher, Villanova’s leading scorer coming into the game, did not start because of “a minor disciplinary issue”. Dominic Cheek started in his place. JayVaughn Pinkston, who will serve a suspension from Villanova University in the spring before rejoining the team in May, warmed up with the Wildcats before the game.
Villanova started quickly, but relinquished the lead at the 8:34 mark on a steal and lay in by Miles Cartwright which gave Penn its only lead of the night 17-16. The Wildcats regained the lead and never trailed again. The first half ended 30-23 in the Wildcats favor.
In the second half, the Wildcats, on a number of occasions, built a double digit lead as high as 13 points, only to see the Quakers narrow the margin with their scrappy play. Stokes stayed hot throughout the second-half, scoring 20 points to go along with his 14 first-half points.
Stokes passed the 1,000 point career scoring mark when he hit a three pointer to push the Wildcats to a 47-34 lead. Maalik Wayns, who hit his head on the floor in the first-half, did not play at all in the second-half for precautionary reasons.
For the Quakers who fell to 4-4 on the season, 0-1 in the Big 5, Zack Rosen led the way with 20 points and 5 assists. The only other Penn player in double figures was Jack Eggleston who added 12 points. Eggleston is now just five points away from reaching 1,000 for his career at Penn. This milestone will put him in very limited company.
Next up for Villanova is another Big 5 matchup against the La Salle Explorers at Tom Gola Arena on Sunday at 2PM. Penn next plays on December 22nd at Delaware. Villanova also faces Delaware on December 18th at the Wells Fargo Center.
In its final preseason warm-up, the 2010 -2011 Villanova men’s basketball team played an exhibition game on Tuesday night against the University of District of Columbia coached by Jeff Ruland (the former Sixers player and head coach of Iona). The game was played at the Wells Fargo Center.
The Cats have won 20 or more games for six consecutive seasons for the first time in program history, and the expectations for the new season are, as usual, very high. Among the returnees from last year’s 25- 8 team are three Seniors – Corey Fisher, Corey Stokes, & Antonio Pena. Also back from last year’s team are Sophomores Maalik Wayns, MouphYarou, Dominic Cheek, Isaiah Armwood, and Maurice Sutton. New to the team are Freshmen Jayvaughn Pinkston and James Bell (currently out recovering from surgery) and Junior walk-on Dallas Ouano.
Led by its dynamic backcourt, Villanova breezed to a 95-58 exhibition game victory over UDC. The trio of Maalik Wayns, Corey Stokes, and Corey Fisher combined for 60 points, with Wayns tallying 23, Stokes 20 and Fisher 17. The Cats also won the rebounding battle over the smaller UDC team by a resounding 58-23 margin. Antonio Pena pulled down 11 rebounds and Maurice Sutton had 9. Sutton added 5 blocks as well.
After momentarily trailing 6 -4, Villanova ran off twelve straight points to take control of the game. By halftime the lead had ballooned to 28 with the Cats ahead 50-22. At the intermission, Stokes had 17 points, Wayns had contributed 11, and Fisher 8. Leading rebounders in the first-half were Pena with 6 and Sutton with 5. For the visitors, Tim Ellison had 12 points. Ellison, the lone double-figure scorer for UDC, ended the night with 25 points.
With Wayns and Fisher leading the charge, Villanova began the second-half on a 23-6 run, building its lead to 45 points (73- 28) at the 11: 17 mark of the second-half. In all, nine players scored for Villanova. Dominic Cheek, Maurice Sutton, and Mouph Yarou each had 8 points. Pena finished with 7 and Isaaiah Armwood and Jayvaughn Pinkston each added 2 points.
The only sour note for the winning Wildcats was the 21 turnovers (14 in the second half) that they committed.
James Bell was on the bench but did not play as he recovers from surgery.
Villanova opens the regular season on Friday November 12th at 8 p.m. against Bucknell at the Fieldhouse.
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The Villanova men’s basketball team held a Media Day practice at the Wells Fargo Center today and Independent Philly was there to speak with coaches and players and catch the beginning of practice.
Villanova heads into the upcoming season ranked #6 in the Associated Press pre-season poll. Gone are Scottie Reynolds and Reggie Redding, leaving seniors Corey Fisher, Corey Stokes, and Antonio Pena to lead the team.
Corey Fisher said that it’s been a change without Scottie around. Reynolds and Fisher were roommates and Fisher commented that now there isn’t someone waking him up first thing in the morning (althought they still speak often via Skype). “I’m excited like my senior year of high school,” he said, “it’s my time to lead this team”. He was anxious for the first pre-season game to come saying that the guys were sick of playing each other every day and fouling their own guys and they were excited to take it out on another team.
Big man Maurice Sutton commented, “I think we have a lot more talent than last year”. He could be right. The exceptional Sophomore class (Dominic Cheek, Mouphtaou Yarou, Maurice Sutton, Isaiah Armwood, and Maalik Wayns) has a solid year in Jay Wright’s system under their belt, and the team has added talented Freshmen JayVaughn Pinkston and James Bell.
Maalik Wayns has a lot of NBA buzz surrounding him heading into this season but he doesn’t seem phased by the talk and is just ready to play ball, “I’ll do whatever I need to do for my team to win…rebound, score, pass, play defense”.
Wayns also made the change to a different jersey and will be sporting #2 this season for the Wildcats. When asked about it he said that a friend of his was hurt this year and couldn’t play and he was wearing it to honor him.
One thing is for certain, this is a dangerous Villanova team that has three talented seniors and an abundance of underclassmen talent to go with it. Villanova plays its first pre-season game on November 2nd at the Wells Fargo Center, and their regular season opens on the Main Line November 12th against Bucknell.
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On a picture-perfect day for football, the Villanova Wildcats hosted the Dukes of James Madison in a Colonial Athletic league homecoming contest on the Main Line. The Wildcats began the day with a record of 4- 2 after last week’s convincing win over the Maine Black Bears.
The Dukes of James Madison came into the game with an identical 4 -2 record. Coached by Mickey Matthews, the Dukes started out their season 3- 0, including a 21 – 16 win over nationally ranked Virginia Tech of the Atlantic Coast Conference. Since then, the Dukes have posted a win over Towson and lost to league rivals Delaware (13- 10) and last weekend, to New Hampshire (28 -14). Matthews is the winningest coach in JMU history, and led the Dukes to an NCAA championship in 2004.
After a scoreless first period , Villanova got on the scoreboard by driving 80 yards in 15 plays for a touchdown, which came on a 7 yard pass from Chris Whitney to Norman White. Nick Yako converted to make it 7 -0 . The drive featured two fourth down conversions. The first came on a fake punt by Dom Scarnecchia on 4th & 9 at mid-field. Scarnecchia scampered 23 yards for a first down to the JMU 27. Later in the drive , Whitney hit White on a 4th & 8 pass for a 13 yard gain to the JMU 12 yard line.
A few minutes later, with 1:19 to go in the half, the Cats scored again on a 54 yard pass play from Whitney to Mikey Reynolds. The drive covered 71 yards in 4 plays.
Whitney finished the first half completing 13 of 17 pass attempts for 159 yards and the 2 touchdowns. White caught 7 passes for 73 yards and Reynolds caught 3 for 75 yards. Both teams missed a field goal in the first half which ended with the Cats on top 14-0.
JMU came out in the second half and scored its lone touchdown on its first possession . The score came via a 2 yard run by Kavon Seaton. The Dukes drive took 9 plays to cover 73 yards. JMU totally dominated the third quarter holding onto the ball for 12 minutes; Villanova had the ball for only 6 plays during the third quarter.
In the 4th quarter Villanova threatened, driving 67 yards from their 28 yard line to the JMU 10 yard line. However Nick Yako missed for a second time on a 23 yard field goal try (wide left). Nova had another drive late in the fourth quarter to the JMU 2 yard line, but a Whitney fumble on 4th down and 1 was recovered by JMU.
On its last drive JMU drove into Villanova territory and as time expired Drew Dudzik’s pass was intercepted by James Pitts in the Cats end zone to preserve the victory.
The Cats gained 209 yards rushing on 47 carries. Angelo Babbaro led the way with 72 yards on 13 carries. Aaron Ball chipped in 56 yards, also on 13 carries, becoming the second leading rusher in Villanova history behind only the great Brian Westbrook. Lawrence Doss added 33 yards on 5 carries. Whitney, who did not complete a pass in the second half (0-2), finished 13 of 19 for 159 yards and two touchdowns. Norman White had 7 receptions for 73 yards. Linebacker Marquis Kirkland had 10 tackles to lead the defense.
For the Dukes, who were held to 87 yards rushing on 32 carries, Scott Noble led the way gaining 39 yards on 14 carries. Drew Dudzik passed for 213 yards on 22 completions in 32 attempts, with the one pick by Pitts on the game- ending play.
Matt Szczur, still nursing an ankle injury, did not dress for the Wildcats.
Villanova next hosts the Richmond Spiders on Saturday, October 30th in another CAA conference match.
On the local front, Temple & Penn also posted wins. Temple shutting out Buffalo and the Quakers beating Yale.