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November 8, 2013

Cats Win Opener 75-59

A late second-half surge pushed Villanova past Lafayette, 75-59, at the Pavilion in the season opener for both teams. It was the James Bell show early for the Cats as the Senior, posted double-figures quickly on his way to a career high 24 points. 'Nova was provided many open looks for three by the Leopard defense and didn't pass up on many of them. Unfortunately for the Cats, only 5 of 30 three-pointers were on the mark.


After taking only a two-point lead into half-time, Villanova decided that taking the ball more aggressively to the basket (especially given the early season emphasis by officials to call hand-check fouls) was a better approach than jacking treys. JayVaughn Pinkston and Darrun Hilliard began to take over in the second-half to bring home the win.


Hilliard was able to get his own shot in the lane and set-up teammates for quality looks as well. Pinkston simply over-matched anyone Lafayette sent after him defensively and was able to get to the line or score inside with frequency - scoring 14 of his 22 points in the last twenty minutes of play.


Positives:

The switch to more of an "attack" offense led to 46 2nd half points

+20 scoring advantage from the FT line

+15 rebounding advantage in the 2nd half (after a putrid -7 1st half)

+ 9 turnover advantage (only 7 'Nova turnovers)

Well packed student section and a solid turn-out throughout the Pavilion


Areas of Concern:

Shooting: 38.9% from the floor and only 16.7% from beyond the three-point line

Outscored by 18 points from beyond the arc

42 minutes and 9 points from the Wildcat bench


Player Notes:

James Bell: the only Wildcat with multiple made three-pointers. His early scoring outburst got Villanova headed in the right direction. Near double-double with a nine rebound effort. Bell was strong with the ball and at the free-throw line. He played a solid defensive game as well.


Darrun Hilliard: Other than his 1-7 shooting performance from beyond the arc, Hilliard played well in every facet of the game. He distributed the ball, created quality scoring opportunities, disrupted passing lanes, guarded back-door cuts, and got on the offensive glass some as well. He took it upon himself to step up his game in the last ten minutes.


Ryan Arcidiacono: The diminutive (though heady and scrappy) Nick Lindner got the best of Arcidiacono in this game. Arcidiacono didn't look to be playing at 100% health a bit lethargic and perhaps a bit off on his timing. After missing his first six field goal attempts (all from beyond the arc), Arcidiacono made a key basket, "and one" in transition with the game clock below two minutes for his only three points. He struggled to get dribble penetration or really threaten to produce much offense off the dribble. His defense was hard-nosed and he chipped in on the boards.


JayVaughn Pinkston: When he got the ball inside, Lafayette had no answer. 6-7 from inside the arc and 10-14 from the line. Should have been over-fed the ball as if he had a tapeworm.


Daniel Ochefu: On the positive side, he grabbed 11 boards and played fairly well defensively with 3 blocked shots and a display of mobility and court sense in switching and rotating to the perimeter as required. The issue with his defense was his inability to avoid leaving his feet too easily - perhaps overzealous in his pursuit of blocked shots. Against a less athletic and undersized front-line, a shot-blocker needs a bit more patience than Ochefu exhibited. His lone FG was an unguarded dunk he has yet to display an improvement in his back-to-the-basket game. He was the only Cat to commit multiple TOs.


Tony Chennault: played solid defense, knocked down his FTs, got on the glass a little and had a solid 3 Assist to 1 Turnover line in his 18 minute run. Good game from the Senior.


Josh Hart: played with impressive confidence for a Frosh in his first "game for record". Showed grit and moxie on defense, knocked down a three-ball, and appeared to have a decent understanding of where to be defensively.


Kris Jenkins: Had a brief run in each half. Each included a three-point miss and barely enough trips up and down the floor to break much of a sweat.



Official Basketball Box Score

Lafayette vs Villanova

11/08/13 8:02 PM at The Pavilion (Villanova, Pa.)

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VISITORS: Lafayette 0-1

TOT-FG 3-PT REBOUNDS

## Player Name FG-FGA FG-FGA FT-FTA OF DE TOT PF TP A TO BLK S MIN

20 Trist, Dan.......... f 2-2 0-0 3-6 0 1 1 4 7 1 1 0 0 16

22 Flannigan, Alan..... f 1-4 0-0 0-2 0 4 4 5 2 2 0 0 0 23

11 Lindner, Nick....... g 2-7 0-1 4-4 1 3 4 3 8 7 4 0 1 33

12 Hinrichs, Seth...... g 5-13 4-8 1-1 4 2 6 4 15 2 2 0 1 25

14 Scott, Bryce........ g 4-11 3-7 0-0 0 2 2 3 11 2 1 1 0 35

04 Detmer, Jack........ 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1

05 Ptasinski, Joey..... 5-9 3-5 0-0 0 2 2 2 13 1 4 0 1 28

21 Rufer, Zach......... 1-4 1-2 0-2 1 1 2 3 3 0 2 0 0 15

24 Hoffman, Michael.... 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1

32 Boykins, Monty...... 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1

33 Newman, Jake........ 0-1 0-1 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2

44 Murphy, Billy....... 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 1

54 Musters, Nathaniel.. 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 6 6 2 0 0 1 0 0 19

TEAM................ 2 3 5 1

Totals.............. 20-51 11-24 8-15 8 24 32 27 59 15 16 1 3 200


TOTAL FG% 1st Half: 11-26 42.3% 2nd Half: 9-25 36.0% Game: 39.2% DEADB

3-Pt. FG% 1st Half: 5-10 50.0% 2nd Half: 6-14 42.9% Game: 45.8% REBS

F Throw % 1st Half: 0-2 0.0% 2nd Half: 8-13 61.5% Game: 53.3% 3



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HOME TEAM: Villanova 1-0

TOT-FG 3-PT REBOUNDS

## Player Name FG-FGA FG-FGA FT-FTA OF DE TOT PF TP A TO BLK S MIN

02 Jenkins, Kris....... 0-2 0-2 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 4

03 Hart, Josh.......... 1-4 1-3 1-2 1 0 1 1 4 0 0 0 0 20

04 Hilliard, Darrun.... 5-12 1-7 2-4 3 2 5 3 13 7 1 2 3 35

05 Chennault, Tony..... 0-0 0-0 5-6 0 3 3 1 5 3 1 0 0 18

15 Arcidiacono, Ryan... 1-7 0-6 1-2 2 2 4 2 3 2 0 0 2 34

22 Pinkston, JayVaughn. 6-10 0-3 10-14 2 2 4 4 22 2 1 1 0 33

23 Ochefu, Daniel...... 1-3 0-0 2-2 4 7 11 3 4 1 3 3 0 19

32 Bell, James......... 7-16 3-9 7-8 2 7 9 2 24 1 1 0 1 37

TEAM................ 4 4

Totals.............. 21-54 5-30 28-38 14 27 41 16 75 16 7 6 6 200


TOTAL FG% 1st Half: 10-30 33.3% 2nd Half: 11-24 45.8% Game: 38.9% DEADB

3-Pt. FG% 1st Half: 3-18 16.7% 2nd Half: 2-12 16.7% Game: 16.7% REBS

F Throw % 1st Half: 6-11 54.5% 2nd Half: 22-27 81.5% Game: 73.7% 5



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Officials: Earl Walton, Gary Prager, Tony Chiazza

Technical fouls: Lafayette-None. Villanova-None.

Attendance: 6500

Score by Periods 1st 2nd Total

Lafayette..................... 27 32 - 59

Villanova..................... 29 46 - 75


Points in the paint-LAFAYETT 12,VU 28. Points off turnovers-LAFAYETT 8,VU 18.

2nd chance points-LAFAYETT 7,VU 10. Fast break points-LAFAYETT 9,VU 4.

Bench points-LAFAYETT 16,VU 9. Score tied-6 times. Lead changed-4 times.

Last FG-LAFAYETT 2nd-01:25, VU 2nd-01:50.

Largest lead-LAFAYETT by 6 2nd-16:33, VU by 16 2nd-00:04.



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