Saturday , Jan , 22 , 2005 C.Y. Ellis

Super Nova! Wildcats hand Kansas first loss

Philadelphia, PA (Sports Network) – Allan Ray poured in 27 points, including
20 in the second half, as Villanova crushed second-ranked and previously-
unbeaten Kansas, 83-62, at the Wachovia Center.

Curtis Sumpter chipped in 25 points for the Wildcats (10-4), who halted a
two-game losing streak. Mike Nardi scored 11 points for Villanova, which shot
51 percent overall from the floor and connected on 12-of-19 shots from beyond
the arc.

Wayne Simien paced the Jayhawks with 15 points. J.R. Giddens and Sasha Kaun
had 11 points apiece for Kansas (14-1), which entered Saturday’s action one of
only four unbeaten teams left in Division I.

The Wildcats opened the second half with a 15-2 spurt to take a 56-36
advantage. Sumpter scored seven points during the run.

After Kansas scored the next four points, Villanova went on a 16-0 burst,
keyed by 11 points from Ray, to build a commanding 72-40 lead with 8 1/2
minutes remaining.

The Jayhawks got no closer than the final score.

The Wildcats used a 10-0 run, highlighted by a pair of three-pointers from
Sumpter, to grab a 21-11 advantage with 12:08 left in the first half.

Villanova stretched the margin to 11 points twice, the last time at 33-22 on a
layup by Chris Charles with just under six minutes left in the stanza.

Kansas then scored the next six points to cut the deficit to five, but the
Wildcats received a basket from Nardi and a three-point shot from Kyle Lowry
to push their lead back to 10. Lowry was later ejected with 52.7 seconds
remaining in the half for throwing a punch.

Villanova eventually carried a 41-34 advantage into the locker room, as Nardi
completed the first-half scoring with a three-pointer in the closing seconds.

Sumpter had 13 points in the opening 20 minutes, while Simien and Giddens
netted 11 apiece to lead the Jayhawks in the first half.