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.

KANSAS VILLANOVA