Final Score: #3 Connecticut 89, #21 Villanova 83
Player of the Game: A.J. Price - 29 pts, 5 reb, 5 ast
Recap: Villanova played tough and hung with #3 UConn, but in the end fell short. It's actually remarkable that Villanova was able to keep it so close on the road without their leading scorer. Dante Cunningham had a season-low 6 points after fouling out in only 14 minutes of play. Perhaps this was negated by the fact that UConn's best big man, Hasheem Thabeet, was also limited by foul trouble. You have to pleased with the overall effort and look forward to Saturday when Nova will have a good chance for a second Big East road win at South Florida.
Nova returned to the balanced scoring of earlier in the season. Five players scored in double figures (Anderson - 15, Pena - 12, Reynolds - 14, Redding - 12, and Stokes - 12) and Corey Fisher added 9 points as well.
It was nice to see Corey Stokes draining threes early, but he went cold in the second half...
Corey Fisher looked good attacking the basket, but was a little careless with the ball at times (4 turnovers to 3 assists).
Despite limited time on the floor, Dante Cunningham matched 7'3 Thabeet with 3 blocked shots.
Dwayne Anderson is heating up offensively - he recorded a new season high 15 points - and as usual he was active on the boards (8 rebounds) and in passing lanes (3 steals).
Antonio Pena is turning into a consistent double-double man (12 points, 8 rebounds), despite the fact he has never actually had a double-double in his career. I have a feeling it will come soon. Not sure how he missed that dunk though.
How was this an intentional foul?
Villanova shouldn't have even had a chance in the final minute of this game, but after UConn's collapse why did Reynolds and Redding insist on driving to the basket for two's when they needed 3-pointers to have any chance of winning?
Shane Clark had one of just about everything...
Kudos to Frank Tchuisi who looked like Karl Malone running the pick and roll to perfection for his 2 points off the bench in the first half.