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Villanova 71 Cincinnati 50


Photo by Michael Dokas

Photo by Michael Dokas

Coming off their big upset against Pittsburgh on Wednesday, there was a fear of a possible let down against Cincinnati, who entered the contest 14-7 overall and 4-4 in the Big East. 

The game started off slowly as Cincinnati did not score a basket until there was 15:16 remaining in the first half.  Once they got on the board, the Bearcats were able to get on a run and take a seven-point lead.  However, the Wildcats were able to claw back and with a fast break layup by junior guard Scottie Reynolds on their last possession of the first half, Villanova took a 30-29 lead into halftime.

At halftime, Reynolds and senior forward Dante Cunningham paced Villanova with nine points each, while freshman forward Yancy Gates led the Bearcats with seven points.

When the second half began, Villanova seized control of the game.  Led by a strong start by Cunningham and an improved defensive effort, the Wildcats extended a lead they would never relinquish.

Part of the key to their success was the play of sophomore guard Corey Fisher.  He was able to shut down junior guard Deonta Vaughn, who finished the game with just eight points.  Vaughn entered the contest leading the team with a scoring average of 15.6 points per game.  Fisher also finished with 11 points on the afternoon.

Villanova outscored Cincinnati 41-21 in the second half as they defeated the Bearcats 71-50.  Cunningham finished with another impressive performance totaling  21 points and eight rebounds.  Sophomore forward Alvin Mitchell came off the bench to lead Bearcats with 15 points.  He was the only Bearcat in double-figures.  

The Wildcats will be back in action Wednesday when they travel to Rhode Island to take on Providence at 8 p.m.

-David Cassilo

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