Player of the Game: Dante Cunningham: 24 pts, 10 reb
Recap: Villanova won by ten points, but this game was a lot closer than expected. Navy was down by three with two and a half minutes remaining until Nova was able to pull it out down the stretch. For more on the game let's look at some pictures and captions...
"Come take a seat on my back youngin'."
Another big game for a big time player. Dante Cunningham had another double-double with 24 points (11-18 FG) and 10 rebounds. This was his fifth double-double (and fourth 20 and 10) of the season. Dante's biggest improvement this season has been his mid-range jumper, where he's been automatic.
"Hey, somebody guard that #1 guy!"
Scottie Reynolds tied his season-high with 23 points, hitting 4 of 9 shots from downtown. Scottie and Dante were the only Wildcats that were hot tonight. Corey Stokes had an off-night going 3-12 from the field (1-5 3PT), although he still managed to score 11 points.
"Take him out by the legs!"
Chris Harris was the reason Navy was able to stay in this game. He was sick from outside, knocking down 8 of 10 threes to score 30 points. Luckily, Villanova was able to hold him to only two 3-pointers in the second half.
"Damn, you're short."
Antonio Pena took advantage of his size tonight. He had career-highs in rebounds (12) and blocks (3). He also chipped in 7 points and 4 assists, and he hit some clutch free throws at the end of the game.
This game shouldn't have been so close, but a win is a win. Sometimes players have hot shooting nights and there's nothing you can do about it. The 68 points Nova gave up tie their season-high, which is not bad, although they haven't really played an offensive powerhouse yet. It will be interesting to see if they can keep up the good 'D' in Big East play.