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December 8, 2012

Nova Knocks Off Quakers

Villanova moved north of .500 on the season with a 68-55 win over Penn at the Palestra last night. The referees dominated the tempo by calling 52 personal fouls. The Wildcats started the game well, went flat through the middle of the first-half and then capped off a late surge with an Achraf Yacoubou three-ball off a broken play to hit the locker room up 35-27. 'Nova allowed a quick 5 point burst to put Penn back in the game quickly in the second half. Eventually, 'Nova built a seven or eight point cushion late in the half and extended it down the stretch to post the thirteen point win.


Goods:

Dominated the glass - +15

Balanced scoring with four players in double-figures

Shot 35.3% from beyond the arc

Held Penn to 33.3% shooting from the floor


Not so goods:

10 Assists to a whopping 15 turnovers against a Penn defense that doesn't exactly dominate with ball pressure

22 personal fouls committed despite having a size and athleticism advantage over the Quakers

Only 68.4% shooting from the free-throw line

A horrid 39.1% FG shooting performance


Player Evals & Stats


Ryan Arcidiacono

25 Min, 3-7 FG, 3-6 3P, 3-4 FT, 1 Reb, 2 Asst, 4 TO, 1 Stl, 12 Pts

It was a positive to see Arcidiacono shoot the three-ball well. He drained one from NBA range. Continues to struggle a bit with his handle and decision-making - yielding 4 turnovers off-set by only 2 assists.


Darrun Hilliard

32 Min, 1-6 FG, 0-2 3P, 5-10 FT, 3 Reb, 1 Asst, 2 TO, 2 Stl,1 Blk, 7 Pts

Remains mired in a shooting slump. His defense remains a constant. Needs to be stronger with the ball.


Jayvaughn Pinkston

22 Min, 2-7 FG, 0-2 3P, 6-8 FT, 3 Rebs, 1 Asst, 0 TO, 0 Stl, 10 Pts

Foul trouble limited his ability to be a more positive force on offense. It was encouraging to see Pinkston play a game without a turnover. Made a nice post-feed for an easy Wildcat bucket. Should have been more dominant scoring in the paint against Penn.


James Bell

22 Min, 2-5 FG, 1-2 3P, 2-2 FT, 6 Rebs, 2 Asst, 0 TOs, 1 Stl, 7 Pts

Did a nice job on the glass to go with a turnover free outing. Had a strong take to the rim in the second half.


Mouphtaou Yarou

19 Min, 3-7 FG, 4-4 FT, 5 Rebs, 1 Asst, 0 TO, 0 Blk, 2 Stl, 10 Pts

Was active an reasonably effective in his minutes but his PT was limited by foul trouble. Is it safe to project that this will be the only game of the season in which Yarou, Bell and Pinkston combine for ZERO turnovers?


Tony Chennault

16 Min, 0-1 FG, 0-0 3PFG, 0-0 FTs, 1 Rebs, 0 Stl, 1 Asst., 4 TOs, 0 Pts

Chennault will want to forget about this game as quickly as possible. A foul and turnover festival with little positive value provided to the cause at either end of the floor. Stinkers happen - a veteran should bounce right back.


Maurice Sutton

19 Min, 3-4 FG, 3-6 FT, 4 Rebs, 0 Asst., 4 TO, 1 Blks, 0 Stl, 9 Pts

Sutton wasn't as much of a difference-maker on defense as he generally is but he did chip in considerably on the offense end. Turnovers have always been an issue for Sutton.

Daniel Ochefu

20 Min, 0-2 FG, 0-1 FTs, 5 Reb, 1 Asst, 0 TO, 1 Blk, 1 Stl, 0 Pts

His contribution on offense was a nice pass to Sutton from the high post. Ochefu contributed a solid rebounding game.


Achraf Yacoubou

25 Min, 4-7 FG, 2-5 3PFG, 3-3 FTs, 6 Rebs, 1 Asst, 1 Stl, 1 TO, 13 Pts

Once again Yacoubou is earning his PT. He made two big threes, had an impressive put-back dunk, rebounded the ball with authority, and played some solid defense.


Mislav Brzoja

Made a cameo.


The next game for Villanova is Tuesday night against SJU(PA). After a life-less effort on Hawk Hill last season, will the Cats come ready to play hard?



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