‘Nova thumps Stony Brook in opener
Villanova, PA (Sports Network) – Randy Foye poured in 21 points, as No. 5
Villanova opened its season with a 78-35 thrashing of Stony Brook.
Foye added seven rebounds and six assists for the Wildcats (1-0), who also
got 16 points from Allan Ray and 13 from Mike Nardi. Villanova outrebounded
the Seawolves, 46-22, and led the entire way, by as much as 45 points.
This is the first time since 1996-97 that the Wildcats have entered the season
with a national ranking.
“Our defense was good tonight. They could have taken some possessions off but
they didn’t and I was pleased with that,” Villanova head coach Jay Wright
said. “It is a matter of leadership. We have seniors that will not accept
anything less than playing every possession. That is fun to coach.”
Bobby Santiago and Marcus Cox each had seven points to top Stony Brook (0-1),
which made just 1-of-11 foul shots and made only 32 percent of its field goal
“We want to be consistent and we did a pretty good job of playing consistent
defense on every possession,” Wright said. “This group has been together so we
are pretty comfortable with different lineups and playing different defenses.
That is what an experienced team can do.”
Villanova scored the game’s first five points and built a double-digit
advantage at 18-8 on Nardi’s layup with 11:50 left in the first half. The
Wildcats embarked on a 15-3 spurt later in the half to extend to a 37-13
margin on Ray’s layup with 3:36 left. It was 37-16 at the intermission.
The Wildcats led by at least 21 the rest of the game. They used a 17-2 run to
extend to a 56-20 advantage following Dante Cunningham’s layup with 10:45
remaining. The lead grew to 45 at 75-30 on a three-pointer by Dwayne Anderson.
Will Sheridan pulled down 11 rebounds for Villanova, which made 50 percent of
its field goal attempts and went 10-of-25 from beyond the arc.
The Wildcats have taken 11 of their last 13 openers. Villanova is 8-0 all-time
in season openers at the Pavilion…Villanova returns to action on Sunday,
Nov. 27, when it hosts Lehigh…Villanova star forward Curtis Sumpter
underwent successful surgery Tuesday to repair a torn anterior cruciate
ligament in his left knee. He is sidelined indefinitely.