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Villanova 80 American 67: Quick Recap

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When things looked bleak down ten at the half, Villanova did what it had been doing all year.  It relied on its seniors.  Once again, they did not let the team down.

After a lackluster first half by the Wildcats that saw American hit 3-point shot after 3-point shot, the team was down 41-31 at the break.  Garrison Carr, the Eagles’ leading scorer, was almost unstoppable with 12 points on 4-7 shooting from beyond the arc.

However, the second half saw a Villanova turnaround that led to a victory.  Highlighted by a 15-0 run where American did not score for nearly seven minutes, the Wildcats out scored the Eagles by 23 points in the second half.

This run was fueled by Villanova defense and the play of senior forwards Dwayne Anderson and Dante Cunningham.  Both players finished the game with 25 points, a total which was a career-high for Anderson.

The biggest parts of the second half turnaround were turnovers and free throws.  In the first half Villanova had eleven turnovers to American’s four, but in the second half the Eagles had eight while the Wildcats had just four.

Free throws were also in Villanova’s advantage in the second half.  After attempting just three in the first 20 minutes, the Wildcats shot 26 after break.  American shot a mere five all game.

Although all of this was in Villanova’s favor, it perhaps still would not have been enough were it not for the foul trouble of Carr.  During the 15-0 Villanova run, Carr sat for a large portion after picking up his fourth foul.

With the win, the Wildcats will now advance to the second round where they will play the winner of UCLA/VCU.

-David Cassilo

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  1. OG
    October 8, 2009 at 3:53 pm

    Analysis: American was ruining your shit, until the refs bailed Nova out. Good job cheaters.

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