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December 22, 2012

Cats Clip Hawks

JayVaughn Pinkston led the way with 16 points and 8 assists as Villanova took care of business at Monmouth with an 83-56 win on Saturday evening. The Wildcats put forth a consistent effort on both ends of the court for the majority of the game - shooting the lights out on offense and forcing numerous Hawk turnovers on the defensive end.


Balanced offense featuring four double-figure scorers

Defense forced 23 turnovers

37 bench points

12 Steals

54.8% FGs

68.2% 3PFG

81.5% FT

17 assists on 23 made FGs

Not so goods:

19 turnovers

Poor job finishing on the fast break

Player Evals & Stats

Ryan Arcidiacono

24 Min, 3-6 FG, 3-5 3PFG, 0-0 FT, 1 Reb, 4 Asst, 3 TO, 3 Stl, 9 Pts

Arcidiacono was a bit sloppy with the ball at the beginning of each half as he struggled to make good decisions against the Monmouth pressure defense. He was unable to do much off the dribble-drive against the Monmouth defense but did a nice job of spotting up for open three-point opportunities.

Darrun Hilliard

24 Min, 2-3 FG, 1-1 3PFG, 5-7 FT, 2 Reb, 0 Asst, 3 TO, 2 Stl, 0 Blk, 10 Pts

Hilliard was effective creating some offense off the dribble in this game but was somewhat shaky with his passing on the perimeter.

Jayvaughn Pinkston

24 Min, 4-7 FG, 2-2 3PFG, 6-6 FT, 3 Rebs, 8 Asst, 2 TO, 0 Blk, 1 Stl, 16 Pts

Pinkston was clearly the MVP for the Cats in this game. He was very efficient on the offensive end of the floor and solid defensively. He had a career-high eight assists to go with a pair of made three-balls and some interior scoring to boot.

James Bell

29 Min, 4-7 FG, 4-6 3PFG, 3-4 FT, 5 Rebs, 1 Asst, 5 TOs, 1 Blk, 0 Stl, 15 Pts

Stroked the three-pointer with authority. Chipped in on the glass but struggled with turnovers and some inconsistent defense.

Mouphtaou Yarou

12 Min, 1-2 FG, 4-4 FT, 2 Rebs, 0 Asst, 0 TO, 1 Blk, 1 Stl, 6 Pts

Yarou continues to disappear slowly off the PT map as the season progresses. Made a smooth mid-range J and got to the line off some action in the paint.

Tony Chennault

18 Min, 3-4 FG, 3-3 3PFG, 2-2 FTs, 1 Rebs, 1 Stl, 2 Asst., 1 TOs, 11 Pts

Not many expected to see Chennault have a game with three made three-point field goals - let alone three on three attempts but Chennault did just that and added to it with a solid floor game and some improved defense.

Maurice Sutton

19 Min, 3-6 FG, 0-0 FT, 4 Rebs, 1 Asst., 3 TO, 2 Blks, 2 Stl, 6 Pts

His turnovers came out of overzealousness as he tried a little too hard to make a great move or pass. But that boundless energy is what makes Sutton such a positive contributor on defense and on the boards.

Daniel Ochefu

21 Min, 0-0 FG, 0-0 3PFG, 2-4 FTs, 5 Reb, 1 Asst, 1 TO, 2 Blk, 1 Stl, 2 Pts

Another strong rebounding effort from Ochefu after a career game in his last outing. He appears to be slowly gaining in confidence - though it doesn't show up in the form of demanding the ball on offense it does show up in his aggressiveness rebounding the ball and on the defensive end. He has improved in his understanding of where Coach Wright expects him to be on defense.

Achraf Yacoubou

21 Min, 3-5 FG, 2-4 3PFG, 0-0 FTs, 3 Rebs, 0 Asst, 1 Stl, 1 TO, 8 Pts

Continues to play some good ball on both ends of the floor.

Mislav Brzoja

3 Min, 0-2 FG, 0-1 3PFG, 2 Rebs

Took the first two FG attempts of his Villanova career - missing his first three-ball and two-ball.

McMahon, Lowe, Farrell

5 minutes of run for the walk-ons!

Villanova is now 3-1 on the road in early season play. The 8-4 Wildcats next tip-off on Friday the 28th of Dec against NJ Tech at the Pavilion.

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