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‘Nova bounces back, knocks off WV 82-75

Villanova got the signature road win it needed and recovered from its loss to Georgetown with a very strong performance.  The win was also sweet revenge for a 93-72 loss in Morgantown last season.  Here are some of the interesting notes from the game:

  • With the win, Villanova has not lost back-to-back games since Mar. 2 , 2008 when it fell to Louisville after losing to Marquette.
  • Corey Fisher, who is quietly have a very strong season, set the tone early for the Wildcats and finished with 17 points.  Were it not for foul trouble, it could have been a very big night for Fisher.
  • Scottie Reynolds led the team in scoring against, with 21 points.  With 19 of those points coming in the second half, he has been one of the best second half players all season.  I am trying to find out where his second half scoring average ranks nationally.
  • The other three starters stepped us for Villanova, as well.  Specifically it was Antonio Pena who looked great, finishing with 10 points and nine rebounds.  Whenever he plays well, it greatly enhances Villanova’s chance of victory.
  • The Wildcats got very strong contributions from Isaiah Armwood and Dominic Cheek, who had eight and seven points respectively.  Both have earned the right for more minutes, mainly because of their work on the defensive end, as well.
  • Mouphtaou Yarou did not get into the game, and Maalik Wayns played just three minutes.  It remains to be seen what the reason for this was, but I suspect it has to do with being more consistent defensively.
  • Speaking of the defense, the Wildcats played a lot better in that area, holding West Virginia to a 4-for-21 start from the field.  Villanova eliminated its press, and it seemed to help.
  • Against the much bigger West Virginia team, the Wildcats won the rebounding battle, 37-27.
  • Villanova was helped out from the free throw line as it made 19 of 22 attempts while West Virginia made just 18 of 32.
  • Taylor King continues to struggle to find his stroke, missing all six attempts he had from the field.
  • Da’Sean Butler, who had 43 points last time these two teams played, finished with just 13 after making 2 of 12 shots from the field.
  • West Virginia actually outscored the Villanova bench, 22-19.

– David Cassilo

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