Score: Villanova 70, Bucknell 64
Player of the Game: Shane Clark 17 pts, 12 reb
Recap: Nova beat Bucknell tonight in the Pavilion, 70-64. Bucknell led most of the game, but Villanova came back in the second half. Dante Cunningham's dunk with just under a minute left sealed the game, putting the Wildcats up by 7. Bucknell's John Griffin had a great game, scoring 22 points (6-10 for 3 pt), but scored only 5 of those in the second half thanks to Reggie Redding's defense. Bucknell's entire team, Griffin especially, shot great from 3 point range (15-31). Every time Nova tried to make a comeback, they'd come right back and hit a 3 pointer. But Nova was able to hold and and make some stops at the end of the game. The key to the game was Nova's rebounding. Casiem Drummond dominated the glass with 6 offensive rebounds and 12 overall to go along with his 8 points. Shane Clark had another great game and had a double-double with 17 points, 12 rebounds, 3 assists, and 2 steals. Scottie Reynolds added 15 points including a clutch 3 pointer down the stretch. Dante Cunningham had 12 points and 5 rebounds. Redding had 12 points and played great defense, but struggled from 3 point range missing all five attempts. Malcolm Grant saw the most time off the bench and had 4 points, but couldn't continue his great 3 point shooting from last game, and went 0-3. Corey Fisher had a disappointing debut, only playing 5 minutes and shooting 0-3 from the field. The other All-American freshman Corey Stokes also played limited minutes and failed to score. I'm sure both of them will progress as the season continues and will eventually play larger roles on the team.