Player of the Game: Dante Cunningham: 20 pts, 11 reb, 3 blk
Recap: Villanova dominated this one from start to finish. They smothered Penn on defense and killed them on the boards 42-15. Nova was able to limit Penn to only three made 3-pointers, which is the Quakers' strength. They also played good defense on Bernardini, holding him to 12 points. It counts as a road game towards the RPI, but the crowd wasn't very hostile with a lot of Wildcat fans in attendance.
Dante had his third double-double of the season, scoring 20 points and grabbing 11 rebounds. With another huge game from Dante, NBA scouts might start to consider him as a pro next year. His problem is that he is a power forward in a small forward's body. Undersized power forwards have been having success in the NBA recently, so Dante has a chance to get drafted. He will still have to prove himself against the Big East's best, but we will get a good chance to see where he, and the rest of the team for that matter, stands next week against Texas.
Corey Stokes found his shooting stroke again. He went 4 of 6 from three to score 14 points. He showed his range by hitting a couple from well beyond the NBA line.
Villanova got solid contributions from both small guards. Scottie Reynolds was in double figures with 10 for the sixth time in seven games, and he added four dimes. Corey Fisher's scoring was down slightly, but he looked great running the point and setting up his teammates (7 points, 6 rebounds, 4 assists, 3 steals).
Dwayne Anderson made his return from injury tonight. He only played 7 minutes and looked kind of rusty, but he did knock down a 3-pointer and grabbed a rebound. It's great to finally see him back out on the court.
Antonio Peña fouled out for the third time this year. He looks good on offense (8 pts, 2 ast), but the foul problems on defense is starting to get redundant.
Shane "Shizzy" Clark looked healthy tonight. The knee appears to be fine, and he is getting back into game-shape. He had 5 points and 4 boards off the bench.
Reggie Redding had a quiet followup to his double-double. Only 2 points, but he did had 6 bounds, 2 assists, a steal, and a block.
Maurice Sutton did not play, so it seems like the coaching staff will continue to redshirt him. If they were going to play him this season, he probably would have seen some minutes tonight in a blowout to get some experience.