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Villanova 74 DePaul 72: Quick Recap

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It may not have gone exactly according to script, but in the end, Villanova got the only thing they needed – a victory.

The first half was nothing to be proud of for the Wildcats.  They struggled shooting the ball the entire first 20 minutes, and once again Dante Cunningham was forced to the bench with two early fouls.  They went into the break down 33-25, and one can only imagine what Head Coach Jay Wright had to say to them.

Villanova came out of its funk in the second half and soon gained the lead.  The comeback was sparked by the strong play of Cunningham on both ends of the floor and the sweet 3-point shooting of Corey Stokes.  The Wildcats were able to get the lead as large 12 points during the second half.

However, DePaul rallied and got the game close again in the final stages, but Scottie Reynolds turned his game up another level and began hitting several key baskets.  The rally fell short for the Blue Demons, and Villanova prevailed 74-72.

The Wildcats were led by Cunningham and Reynolds, who both had 18 points.  Corey Fisher and Stokes came off the bench to score 12 and 10, respectively.  The Wildcats also got a strong game from Reggie Redding who finished with nine points and nine rebounds.

One of the keys for Villanova coming into the game was to work on their defense.  They saw mixed results as they were able to hold down DePaul for large portions of the second half and held them to 38.8 percent from the field and 27.3 percent from 3-point range.  However, DePaul, and specifically Will Walker who was 6-11 from downtown, was able to hit big shots when it needed to.  The Wildcats did hold DePaul’s leading scorer, Dar Tucker, to 16 points on 7-23 shooting, including 1-11 from beyond the arc.

The win coupled with a Marquette loss to UConn means in all likelihood if Villanova wins out, they will get a double-bye.

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