Villanova downed Delaware this afternoon at the Pavilion by a score of 75-65. After a back and forth first-half which ended with a Villanova surge to take a four point lead into the locker room, the Wildcats quickly established a double-figure second-half lead that would be maintained for the majority of the close of the game. 'Nova was led by Maurice Sutton's 6 blocks and 8 rebounds and four players scoring in double-figures. The Cats moved to 7-4 on the season.
Rebounding margin +17
20 offensive rebounds
16 assists by virtue of improve interior passing
Improved defense - particularly in the paint
Not so goods:
The 10 made 3PFGs disguised some of the poor offensive execution
Only 60% FT shooting
20 personal fouls led to 10 FTM and 13 FTA advantages for Delaware
Player Evals & Stats
30 Min, 2-9 FG, 2-7 3PFG, 1-3 FT, 1 Reb, 2 Asst, 0 TO, 3 Stl, 7 Pts
Arcidiacono is playing more effectively on defense and doing a better job of taking care of the ball. He is being less risky with his ball-handling and passing decisions but continuing to have a quick trigger finger on three-pointers. He is taking his threes from reasonable ranges but more often than not he is taking them off the dribble. He is hitting a much higher percentage when he spots up for three than when he fires off the bounce.
21 Min, 3-8 FG, 2-4 3PFG, 2-2 FT, 3 Reb, 4 Asst, 1 TO, 1 Stl, 0 Blk, 10 Pts
Hilliard played a nice floor game and shot the three-ball well. He passed the ball well and kept his turnovers down. However, he didn't finish his drives to the basket and was inconsistent as a help defender.
22 Min, 6-11 FG, 2-3 3PFG, 5-7 FT, 6 Rebs, 1 Asst, 3 TO, 1 Blk, 1 Stl, 19 Pts
Pinkston provided balanced and efficient scoring in conjunction with improved defense and rebounding. He scored in transition, in the post, on dribble-drive and by stroking the three-ball. His scoring punch off the bench has made a positive difference in the Wildcats recent surge of improved play.
22 Min, 5-7 FG, 4-6 3PFG, 0-0 FT, 1 Rebs, 2 Asst, 2 TOs, 0 Stl, 14 Pts
Bell's offense was an important contribution to the win. However, his defense and rebounding were a liability. He continues to baffle with his inability to make a successful post feed.
16 Min, 2-5 FG, 0-1 FT, 0-0 FT, 4 Rebs, 2 Asst, 2 TO, 0 Blk, 0 Stl, 4 Pts
Yarou's minutes continue to get chipped away at by the improved play of Sutton and Ochefu. He drained a positive mid-range jumper against the Blue Hen zone and contributed on the glass.
22 Min, 2-5 FG, 0-0 3PFG, 0-0 FTs, 1 Rebs, 1 Stl, 0 Asst., 1 TOs, 4 Pts
Not shy about looking for his own offense - which is a good thing if he can continue to knock-down the mid-range jumper. The offense ran fairly well when Chennault had the reigns and Arcidiacono was on the pine. Played better perimeter defense than has been his norm.
22 Min, 1-4 FG, 0-0 FT, 8 Rebs, 5 Asst., 2 TO, 6 Blks, 1 Stl, 2 Pts
This was one of the most effective 2 point performances a Villanova player has contributed in a long time. Sutton was an absolute difference-maker on defense and on the glass. His one basket was an emphatic, scoring dunk of a quick dribble move in the paint that really got the team energized in the first-half. Earned his minutes for certain.
19 Min, 5-6 FG, 0-0 3PFG, 1-3 FTs, 7 Reb, 0 Asst, 3 TO, 2 Blk, 1 Stl, 11 Pts
This was the most solid all-around performance in Ochefu's young Villanova career. He finished with strong dunks, rebounded the ball effectively and contributed to the improved interior defense.
23 Min, 2-7 FG, 0-3 3PFG, 0-0 FTs, 7 Rebs, 0 Asst, 1 Stl, 3 TO, 4 Pts
The three-ball has turned into a bit of fool's gold as it relates to Achraf's game of late. Early in the game, he looked to be aggressive - making quick moves off the dribble to try to create for himself and teammates. After that surge, he seemed to eager to jack three-pointers. He continues to rebound like a banshee and provide aggressive defensive effort as well.
Played the last two minutes and handled the ball reasonably well in the half-court offense.
Next up for the Cats is a 7:00 PM, Saturday game at Monmouth.