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Villanova 89 UCLA 69: Quick Recap

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Unlike its game on Thursday or the two in the Big East tournament, Villanova played a full 40 minutes against UCLA.  The result was its best effort of the entire season as they routed the Bruins 89-69.

Villanova came out on fire, making 10 of its first 15 shots and used a 19-2 run to grab a 28-11 lead midway through the first half.  The run coincided with the second foul from Alfred Aboya, UCLA’s best interior player.

During its explosive first half output, Villanova relied on balance to build up its lead.  Six Wildcats entered halftime with at least six points, including a combined 13 off the bench for Corey Fisher and Corey Stokes.

The Wildcats entered halftime with a 44-31 lead, but after two disappointing second halves against Marquette and Louisville in the Big East tournament, even a 13-point lead did not feel safe.

Coming out of the break, Villanova immediately assured this was a different story as Reggie Redding stole the ball from UCLA on the first possession, and Villanova capitalized with a free throw off the turnover.

Rather than let the lead dwindle away, Villanova built it to as a large as 25 points at one point in the second half.  In the end, they beat the Bruins by 20.

Six players reached double figures for Villanova.  Dante Cunningham led the way with 18 points and also contributed 10 rebounds.  Dwayne Anderson had a double-double of his own finishing with 10 points and 11 rebounds.

The win was the 100th career win for the senior class of Anderson, Shane Clark, Cunningham and Frank Tchuisi.  They already hold the record for most wins by any class in Villanova history.

Villanova advances to its fourth Sweet 16 in the last five years with the win over UCLA.  They will face the winner of Duke and Texas next Thursday.

-David Cassilo

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