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Quick Recap: Villanova 84 FDU 61


Despite a slow start that saw Villanova lead by just one point at halftime, the Wildcats picked up the pace and wore down Fairleigh Dickonson en route to a 84-61 victory in the season’s opening game.  Led by Corey Stokes’ 20 points and Corey Fisher’s 13, the deep Wildcats needed just two players to score in double figures for the victory.

It was a game that Villanova used to figure out what kind of talent they had on their roster and how much each player should play.  The Wildcats went ten deep with Antonio Pena playing the most minutes at 32 and Isaiah Armwood playing the least at one.  It is clear that the other three freshmen are more part of this season’s plans than Armwood.

Stokes was the hot hand tonight, and the other Wildcats seemed to defer to him on offense.  After shooting just 1-for-4 in the first half, Stokes finished strong making five of his final eight shots including four from beyond the arc.

On the other end of the spectrum, Scottie Reynolds struggled for most of the game, making just two of 10 shots, and finishing with eight points.  The benefit of this year’s team is that Reynolds can have games like this, and the Wildcats can still roll like they did tonight.

Among the other interesting observations from tonight’s game was Head Coach Jay Wright played essentially three point guards at the same time when he ran Reynolds, Fisher and Maalik Wayns together.  Also, in what may have been an intentional move or not, the four freshman and Maurice Sutton, the redshirt freshman, ended the game on the floor together.

While it is hard to put too much stock in one game, Villanova appears to be one of the deeper teams in the country, which means the only task will be figuring out a rotation that works.  The next chance to do that will be Monday when the team takes on its city rival Penn.

-David Cassilo

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