On Wednesday night, the Villanova Wildcats, in what Coach Jay Wright called,”Our best defensive game of the year,” manhandled the Monmouth Hawks 76-36 in West Long Branch, New Jersey. Villanova moved to 10-1 on the season with the win over Monmouth. The game was played on Monmouth’s campus at the Multipurpose Activities Center. Monmouth fell to 4-8 for the year.
The Hawks of Monmouth tied the Wildcats in the early minutes of the game at 5-5, but it was all Wildcats from then on. Villanova scored 13 straight points to bolt to a 24-7 lead, and the only question remaining was how large a lead Villanova would manage to build. A few Monmouth fans began chanting for their team to “just cover the point spread!” By halftime, the lead had burgeoned to a commanding 44-17 margin.
Villanova started the second half on an 11-1 run to stretch their lead to 55-18. Monmouth did not score a basket in the second half for the first 7 1/2 minutes. The Wildcats cruised to the finish line and ended up winning by 40.
For the winning visitors, four players scored in double figures with the two Coreys leading the way. Corey Fisher topped the list with 20 points, and Corey Stokes added 19, including five three-pointers. Mouphtaou Yarou provided 14 points and Maalik Wayns had 11 points. The leading rebounders were Antonio Pena and Dominic Cheek with 8 each. Wayns had 6 assists and zero turnovers. Fisher had 5 assists and only one turnover. On the night, Villanova won the battle on the boards 46-36. The Cats had 16 assists and 9 turnovers.
For Villanova guard Dallas Ouano, the game was a homecoming of sorts. Ouano said he lives about 20 miles from Monmouth’s campus and really enjoyed playing in front of his friends and family. He played 5 1/2 minutes, the most he has played in a game this year.
For Monmouth, their high scorer was Phil Wait with 8 points.
Villanova next plays Big Five rival Temple at the Pavilion on Thursday night, December 30th. The game is scheduled to tip off at 7 pm and will be televised on ESPN 2.
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Villanova’s Post-Game Press Conference w/ Jay Wright, Corey Fisher, and Corey Stokes: