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Villanova 97 Providence 80: Quick Recap

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In his post game press conference, Head Coach Jay Wright had to ask the reporters if his team had clinched the four seed or not.  Clearly, Wright was more interested in the game itself than its ramifications.  However, following the 97-80 win, Wright can now turn his attention to the Big East Tournament.

Villanova took control of the game from the opening minutes and were it not for 12 points in the first five minutes from Providence’s Weyinmi Efejuku, the Friars would have found themselves in a huge hole.

Instead, Providence was able to keep the first half close and was also able to stop a Villanova run before it got too big of a lead.  Although they led by as many as 12 points, the Wildcats entered the half leading 40-34.

Their first half success was mainly from their ability to force turnovers as Providence finished the half with 11.  Also, they were able to control Efejuku after the first media timeout as he did not score the rest of the half.

The second half saw Villanova once again coming out strong and building up their lead.  Although Providence continued to score, their defense began to let them down as most of the second half had Villanova leading by around 10 points.  Villanova eventually put the game away in the final four minutes when they outscored Providence 17-8.

Scottie Reynolds led Villanova with 23 points while both Dwayne Anderson and Dante Cunningham had 19 points each.

Efejuku, who is the reigning Big East Player of the Week, finished his night with 29 points for Providence, two off his career-high.

The win was extra special to the senior class, who were playing their final game at the Pavilion.  Wright made sure to remove each senior from the game separately in the closing minutes so they could get an ovation from the crowd.  After the game concluded, the four seniors stood together on the press tables and saluted the fans.

Following the game, in what was a jovial and upbeat press conference, Wright stressed that they ignored any sort of ramifications the game had for their seeding.  He said that when he asked Dwayne Anderson what was unique about today’s game, the senior replied, “Nothing.”

The win means that Villanova will not play until Thursday of the Big East Tournament.  Although it is a great accomplishment, Wright and his players said they know that there is still work for them to do.  If they continue to play like they did tonight, there will be a lot of opportunities to do that work.

-David Cassilo

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  1. March 6, 2009 at 12:12 pm

    Very Nice Blog.. with my best wishes.


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