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December 15, 2013

Cats Dominate LaSalle



In a fine display of teamwork and depth, Villanova posted a third, consecutive, 20+ point win in Big Five competition defeating LaSalle 73-52 at the Pavilion. Despite getting only 10 points from the JayVaughn Pinkston - James Bell combo that together averages over 35 PPG, the Wildcats wore down the Explorers with bench contributions from Dylan Ennis, Josh Hart, and Kris Jenkins. The trio combined for 29 points, 13 rebounds, 8 assists and only 1 turnover.


The win moves the Cats to 3-0 in Big Five play this season and Villanova Coach Jay Wright to 39-12 (.764) all-time against Big Five competition. This is the first time a Villanova team has won three Big Five games by more than 20 points in a season.


Villanova hosts Rider on Saturday, December 21st at 4:00 at the Pavilion (on Fox Sports 1) with the opportunity to become the 5th Wildcat team to start a season with 11 straight wins (most recently accomplished by Jack Kraft's first Villanova team in 1961-62 which won 12 straight to start Kraft's legendary run on the Main Line).


Positives:

20 assists on 25 made buckets

29 bench points (14 point edge)

7.7% 3PFG defense

15 point scoring edge from beyond the arc

Out-rebounded the Explorers


Areas of Concern:

Poor decision-making in the final minute of the first-half turned a potential double-figure half-time lead into only four

3-16 3PFG shooting in the first half

60% FT shooting in the second half


Player Notes:

James Bell: Bell tickled the twine early with a pure 3-pointer from the wing but also picked up two early personal fouls providing help defense against Jerrell Wright which led to him sitting out much of the first-half and then never really getting back in the groove offensively. He did provide a workmanlike effort on the defensive glass and some physical defensive play.


Darrun Hilliard: Hilliard put forth one of his most consistent offensive performances of the season to go with an effective defensive effort. Though he didn't get his three-point stroke in gear, Hilliard did a good job of finding ways to get to the rim and create contact to get to the line. Encouragingly, he nailed 8 of 9 FT attempts to break his slump from the stripe.


Ryan Arcidiacono: Just when it looked like Arcidiacono was going to chalk up yet another poor shooting performance, the crafty sophomore knocked down three straight mid-range jumpers from a variety of spots on the floor. All of them had a real nice arc on them and exhibited quality body control to stay square and get a smooth release off. Arcidiacono handled the ball well and generally made good decisions he even broke pressure without the assistance of screens several times.


JayVaughn Pinkston: For the first time this season, Pinkston scored less than 12 points. He didn't get many touches in the paint and only took two free-throws the entire game. Pinkston played active defensively and was a force on the glass with 7 boards (3 offensive). His three turnovers in only 21 minutes of action and on so few touches is a little disconcerting.


Daniel Ochefu: This was one of Ochefu's best games of the season offensively. Given how Jerrell Wright went off in the paint it is difficult to make the same claim about his defense. However, he rebounded the ball well, stayed out of foul trouble, grabbed a couple of steals, and blocked a couple of shots. What really stood out on the positive side was his patience and relaxation with the ball on offense. He made several nice passes (including one in transition where he put it on the deck numerous times and drew over the defender to set up an easy basket at the rim) and he only turned the ball over once. He avoided the moving pick violations that have haunted his season to-date. Hopefully, this game will serve as a step towards Ochefu being more successful more consistently.


Tony Chennault: Played thirteen serviceable minutes with a decent floor game and solid defense though the box-score has little to show on his behalf.


Josh Hart: Continues to make the little plays that add up to a big difference over the course of a game. When 'Nova needed a lift in the first half he was hustling for rebounds and loose balls and scoring in transition. In the second half he was keeping offensive possessions alive by tipping rebounds out of bounds off LaSalle players and pestering Explorer players into turnovers and overly quick decisions. 13 points and 5 boards in 23 minutes.


Kris Jenkins: Had his shooting stroke going in this one in only fourteen minutes of action he drained three three-pointers and was perfect at the FT line as well to post 11 bench points.


Dylan Ennis: Posted a flashy 7 Assists with 0 Turnovers line. The highlight pass might very well have been a threaded-needle rope to Ochefu for an easy bucket in close in the first-half. Ennis canned a pair of nifty mid-range jumpers off the bounce that showed he has some offensive versatility to go with his three-point shooting accuracy. Provided some help on the boards as well.




Official Basketball Box Score

La Salle vs Villanova

12/15/13 2:30 PM at The Pavilion (Villanova, Pa.)


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VISITORS: La Salle (5-5, 0-1 B5)

TOT-FG 3-PT REBOUNDS

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

25 WRIGHT, Jerrell..... f 7-10 0-0 6-9 2 5 7 2 20 0 1 0 1 31

00 ZACK, Steve......... c 1-4 0-0 0-0 0 5 5 2 2 0 3 0 0 28

01 PETERSON, D.J....... g 1-3 1-2 4-4 1 3 4 3 7 2 2 0 1 33

03 DUREN, Tyreek....... g 2-6 0-3 0-0 0 3 3 2 4 3 6 0 1 32

10 MILLS, Sam.......... g 2-5 0-2 0-0 1 0 1 5 4 0 0 0 0 19

05 DUNN, Taylor........ 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 3

21 GARLAND, Tyrone..... 2-12 0-4 3-4 0 3 3 1 7 2 0 0 1 28

23 LEWIS, Khalid....... 3-8 0-2 0-2 0 1 1 2 6 0 2 0 0 19

35 BROWN, Rohan........ 1-1 0-0 0-0 1 1 2 1 2 0 3 0 2 7

TEAM................ 2 2

Totals.............. 19-49 1-13 13-19 7 22 29 18 52 7 17 0 6 200


TOTAL FG% 1st Half: 13-28 46.4% 2nd Half: 6-21 28.6% Game: 38.8% DEADB

3-Pt. FG% 1st Half: 1-7 14.3% 2nd Half: 0-6 0.0% Game: 7.7% REBS

F Throw % 1st Half: 7-11 63.6% 2nd Half: 6-8 75.0% Game: 68.4% 1,1


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HOME TEAM: Villanova (10-0, 3-0 B5)

TOT-FG 3-PT REBOUNDS

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

22 Pinkston, JayVaughn. f 3-6 0-1 1-2 3 4 7 3 7 2 3 1 1 21

23 Ochefu, Daniel...... f 2-2 0-0 0-0 1 6 7 2 4 4 1 2 2 26

04 Hilliard, Darrun.... g 6-11 1-5 8-9 0 2 2 0 21 2 2 1 4 25

15 Arcidiacono, Ryan... g 4-9 1-5 0-0 0 0 0 3 9 3 0 0 1 26

32 Bell, James......... g 1-7 1-6 0-1 0 4 4 4 3 1 2 1 2 22

00 Lowe, Henry......... 0-0 0-0 0-1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 1

02 Jenkins, Kris....... 3-3 3-3 2-2 0 3 3 1 11 0 1 0 2 14

03 Hart, Josh.......... 4-6 0-2 5-7 2 3 5 2 13 1 1 1 0 23

05 Chennault, Tony..... 0-1 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 2 0 0 1 0 0 13

12 McMahon, Nick....... 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2

14 Reynolds, Darryl.... 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 2

20 Farrell, Patrick.... 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2

31 Ennis, Dylan........ 2-6 0-2 1-2 0 5 5 1 5 7 0 0 0 23

TEAM................ 1 1

Totals.............. 25-51 6-24 17-24 7 28 35 18 73 20 12 6 12 200


TOTAL FG% 1st Half: 12-29 41.4% 2nd Half: 13-22 59.1% Game: 49.0% DEADB

3-Pt. FG% 1st Half: 3-16 18.8% 2nd Half: 3-8 37.5% Game: 25.0% REBS

F Throw % 1st Half: 11-14 78.6% 2nd Half: 6-10 60.0% Game: 70.8% 3



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Officials: Pat Driscoll, Jamie Luckie, Bryan Kersey

Technical fouls: La Salle-None. Villanova-None.

Attendance: 6500

Score by Periods 1st 2nd Total

La Salle...................... 34 18 - 52

Villanova..................... 38 35 - 73


Points in the paint-LAS 30,VU 30. Points off turnovers-LAS 10,VU 18.

2nd chance points-LAS 6,VU 7. Fast break points-LAS 6,VU 8.

Bench points-LAS 15,VU 29. Score tied-4 times. Lead changed-7 times.

Last FG-LAS 2nd-00:13, VU 2nd-01:43.

Largest lead-LAS by 3 1st-16:17, VU by 25 2nd-01:43.



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