Sunday, December 14, 2008

Explorers Get Lost vs. Nova

Final Score: #12 Villanova 70, La Salle 59

Player of the Game: Corey Stokes: 18 points (4-7 3pt)

: Corey Stokes helped take control of this one early with 14 points off of 4 threes in the first half. Nova led throughout and were never really threatened by La Salle. Stokes finished with a game-high 18 points. Corey S. makes it look so easy; he can be a real game changer with his 3-point shooting.

Fisher the Disher

Corey Fisher broke out of his funk with a good all-around effort. He looked confident right out of the gate by hitting a couple of jump shots to score 8 points total for the game. He had more points in his first minute off the bench than he had in his previous two games combined. More impressively, he had 6 assists to 1 turnover. I really like Fisher running the point with Scottie playing off the ball.

Captain Scoot
Scottie Reynolds was second in scoring with 13 points. He hit three 3-pointers of his own to help the team shoot 50% (8-16) from behind the arc. He missed two free throws, but that's OK... we know he makes 'em when they count.

Triple Threat
Antonio Pena contributed in three main areas: scoring (5 points), rebounding (6), and passing (6 assists). I've always liked his passing skills for a big man. He also had a blocked shot. Kudos to 'Tone for staying out of foul trouble for 4 straight games.

Dante Cunningham came close to a five-by-five with 9 points, 4 rebounds, 4 blocks, 4 steals, and 2 assists. He filled the stat sheet, but his points and rebounds were down because he picked up 2 quick fouls, limiting him to 7 minutes in the first half.

Other Notes
Shane Clark had a season-high 7 rebounds to go along with 6 points, a block, and a steal. He looked good, and we really need him at full strength this year with such a thin front court.

Reggie Redding (7 pts), Dwayne Anderson (2 pts), and Frank Tchuisi (2 pts) rounded out the scoring for the game.

Yes, La Salle isn't exactly a Mike D'Antoni caliber offense, but still it was another stellar defensive performance by the Wildcats, who haven't given up more than 68 points in a single game all season.

Nova had 20 assists on 27 made field goals and only 8 turnovers. Sharing is caring!

The game was a sellout, but that was a pretty poor turnout by the "Explorer Entourage". They're on semester break, but c'mon...

We get it. You have a doctorate in sports psychology, but do you really need to remind us all the time by going by Doctor John Giannini. It's just rubbing it in at this point.

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