Final Score: #22 Villanova 76, St. John's 57
Player of the Game: Dwayne Anderson - 14 points, 4 rebounds, 2 assists, 3 steals, 1 block
Recap: Villanova won its school-record 24th consecutive game in the Pavilion (maybe they should play there more often) to get back to .500 in the Big East. The Wildcats did exactly what they needed to do after the tough loss last week. Not only did Nova win, but they won convincingly by 19 points and led by double digits most of the game. Now let's hand out some awards Bill Simmons-style.
Kyle Lowry Award for Hustle and Tenacity
This was a vintage Dwayne Anderson game: grabbing loose balls, offensive rebounds, steals, drawing charges, and all the other little things you need to do to win games. He also had a season-high 14 points.
The Chris Paul to Tyson Chandler Award for Alley-oop of the Game
Corey Fisher connected with Dante Cunningham for a rare Villanova alley-oop. Dante Cunningham was consistent once again with an efficient 17 points (7-10 FG), although he surprisingly only had one rebound.
The Spud Webb/Nate Robinson Award for Short Guy Trying to Dunk
Corey Fisher tried to dunk on a breakaway, but he just couldn't quite jump high enough and layed it in 2-handed instead. Fisher did a great job running the point while Scottie Reynolds was on the bench with foul trouble. Corey had 12 points and 2 assists, and he actually got a few of his signature double-clutch lay-ups to fall for and-1's.
The Presidential Speech Award for Over-applause
The crowd erupted when Antonio Pena made his first free throw after the late-game collapse against Louisville. He made 3 of 4 from the line today. Pena had a great bounce-back game with another near double-double (13 points, 9 boards).
The Bobby Knight Award for Coaching Outburst of the Game
Jay Wright picked up a technical foul after lashing out on a ref for calling another foul on his star guard. Scottie Reynolds only played half a game, a season-low 20 minutes, because of constant foul trouble. Scottie played the role of distributor during his time on the floor, racking up 5 assists to go with his 9 points.