Score: Villanova 84, George Mason 76
Player of the Game: Scottie Reynolds, 21 pts
Recap: The Villanova Wildcats held on to beat the George Mason Patriots 84-76 in their second round game of the Old Spice Classic in Orlando, Florida. Scottie Reynolds led the Wildcats with 21 points and 3 assists. Nova got off to a quick 7-0 start, but Mason came back and kept it close the entire game. George Mason has a very experienced team compared to Villanova's seniorless team, and it showed at times. Nova had some difficulty with George Mason's press towards the end of the game. The Wildcats also had difficultly containing Mason's big man Will Thomas who scored 15 points and grabbed 8 rebounds. Folarin Campbell, another one of the remaining seniors from George Mason's magical Final Four run in 2006, had 25 points. There were a lot of foul calls and both Shane Clark and Scottie Reynolds fouled out of the game. Shane Clark had a double-double with 13 points, 10 rebounds, 4 assists, and 2 steals. Malcolm Grant had an efficient night off the bench shooting 3-3 from the field (all 3 pointers) and 4-4 from the free throw line for 13 points. Reggie Redding had another solid game with 11 points, 4 rebounds, 2 assists, and 2 steals. He shot well for three again, going 2-2. Casiem Drummond almost had a double-double with 8 points and 11 rebounds. He has impressed me with his rebounding and inside play. He has really improved since last season. He will be important against teams like Georgetown with big centers like Roy Hibbert. Dante Cunningham had a decent night with 8 points and 4 rebounds. Corey Fisher did less scoring tonight, with 7 points, but he dished the ball for 5 assists. He was 2-7 for three and 1-5 for free throws, however. Corey Stokes again struggled to find his 3 point shot going 1-5 for 3 points. Nova plays North Carolina State on Sunday in the Championship game. NC State beat Rider and South Carolina to get to the championship. They were ranked in the top 25 preseason, but were dropped from the rankings after an upset loss to New Orleans. It should be Villanova's toughest competition so far this season.