The 2-0 Villanova Wildcats led from the opening tip in an overwhelming victory over the 0-2 Maryland Eastern Shore Hawks, 81-44, at the Pavilion on Monday night (November 17). The game was part of the 2014 Progressive Legends Classic. Villanova is one of the eight teams in the tournament . The four host teams, #12 Villanova, #24 Michigan, #15 VCU, and Oregon will advance to the Championship Rounds on November 24-25, at the Barclay’s Center in Brooklyn, NY.
In less than four minutes of play, The Wildcats sprinted out to a 13-2 lead. The lead continued to build throughout the first half. After Devin Martin scored a basket for UMES with 5:28 to go in the opening-half to make the score 30-14, Villanova went on a 15-0 run to head into intermission leading 45-14. The Wildcats dominated in every phase of the game, outscoring and out-rebounding the visitors. The Wildcats also had more steals, blocks, and assists than the Hawks. Each of the nine Villanova players who entered the game in the first-half scored.
In the second-half, Villanova continued to dominate UMES, who, to their credit, continued to play hard. Villanova’s lead ballooned to 46 with 3:23 to play.
Villanova was led in scoring by Kris Jenkins with 15 points. Daniel Ochefu, Dylan Ennis, and Darrun Hilliard each chipped in 10 points. Ochefu just missed a double-double, pulling down 9 rebounds. Overall, the Wildcats won the battle of the boards over UMES 31-22. JayVaughn Pinkston grabbed 6 boards. Pinkston was also the Wildcats assist leader with 4. For the game, Villanova shot 29-51 (56.9%), 7-21 from long distance (33.3 %), and hit 16 of 19 foul shots (84.2 %). The Wildcats had 16 assists versus 12 turnovers.
UMES’ high scorer was Martin with a game high 17 points. Michael Myers tossed in 14. Martin was also UMES’ top rebounder with 10. The Hawks only had 5 assists and committed a costly 22 turnovers. Villanova returns to action on Thursday night, November 20 at the Pavilion when they hosts Bucknell at 8pm in another regional round game. UMES next plays on November 19 against Mount St. Mary’s.
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