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Quick Recap: Villanova 99 DePaul 72

It doesn’t get this easy often in the Big East, but with a rigorous conference schedule ahead of them the Wildcats were happy to get a laugher.  Villanova seemed to do everything right as it showcased a deep and prolific offense, while also dominating DePaul defensively for much of the first half.

It was the play of the Villanova guards that set the tone for an easy evening against the Blue Demons.  Once again, Scottie Reynolds was the top Wildcat on the scoresheet, finishing with 21 points.  It was the sixth time in seven games that Reynolds had topped 20 points.  Reynolds also shot at a very high percentage once again, hitting 8 of 13 shots.

However it seemed like Reynolds 21 points were a quiet evening compared to the play of freshman guard Maalik Wayns.  He exploded off the bench for 18 points, giving him 34 in his last two games.  Wayns showed off his speed, hitting several coast to coast layups in what seemed like a matter of seconds.

Two other Wildcats were in double-figures as Corey Fisher finished with 15 points and Reggie Redding with 10.

One Wildcat guard, Corey Stokes, was out of the lineup with a hamstring strain.  This put freshman forward Isaiah Armwood into the starting lineup, and he responded with 6 points and 7 rebounds.  After almost being redshirted, Armwood has come on faster than head coach Jay Wright could have imagined and seems to have earned himself a role as a rotation player the rest of the season.

The game also was the return of freshman center Mouphtaou Yarou, who had been out since Nov. 16 with Hepatitis B.  In 14 minutes of action, Yarou had 4 points and 2 rebounds.  In many ways it is like starting the season again for Yarou, and he did not look much different than he did for the season’s first two games.

Next up for the Wildcats will be rematch with Marquette on Saturday at the Pavilion.

-David Cassilo

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