Villanova went on a 16-0 run early in the first-half to take a 23-8 lead over the visiting Mt. St. Mary’s Mountaineers on the way to a dominating 90-59 win at the Pavilion on Wednesday, November 13th. Villanova went on the attack from the opening tip and never let up. The Wildcats shot a scorching 20 of 34 in the first half (58.8%) with Darrun Hilliard leading the way hitting 6 of 7 shots. Hilliard was ably aided and abetted by JayVaughn Pinkston, who was a force in the paint, and by Freshman Josh Hart who played with tremendous energy and verve. Tony Chennault also played a significant role in distributing the ball to his teammates. At the half, Villanova had built an insurmountable lead, 46-25.
Villanova started the second- half with a 6-0 surge to up the lead to 52-25. The Wildcats hot shooting continued throughout the second-half and the lead ballooned to 31 points with 4:30 left in the game. The Wildcats also dominated on the glass, despite the fact that their tallest starter, Daniel Ochefu, spent most of the game on the bench in foul trouble. Hart was the leading rebounder for The Cats with 11 boards. Senior James Bell snagged 8 rebounds. Villanova out-rebounded the Mountaineers 42-27.
Villanova had four players score in double figures. Pinkston led the balanced offense with 21 points, Hilliard added 18, Hart had 17 (to go along with his 11 rebounds, for his first career double-double), and Bell chipped in 12 points. Tony Chennault paced Villanova with 6 assists. Overall, the Wildcats, now 2-0 , hit 37 of 59 field goal attempts (62.7 %). Villanova hit 6 of 16 shots from three-point range (37.5 %). Julian Norfleet scored 15 points for the Mountaineers. Sam Prescott, who attended Philadelphia Imhotep Charter High School, ended up with 13 points.
Next up for Villanova is a game against the Towson Tigers on Sunday at 5pm at the Pavilion. Mt. St. Mary’s (0-2) will return to action on November 15th when they visit Brigham Young University.
Of note, former Villanova head coach Steve Lappas was part of the CBS broadcast team covering the game.
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