Nova uses three ball to drop Lehigh
Villanova, PA (Sports Network) – Allan Ray made a school-record eight three-
point field goals and finished with 26 points as fourth-ranked Villanova
cruised to an 84-47 victory over Lehigh at the Pavilion.
Randy Foye added 21 points and Mike Nardi had 14 for the Wildcats (2-0), who
hadn’t taken the court since a season-opening win over Stony Brook on November
18 but didn’t show any rust.
Villanova set a team single-game record with 17 three-pointers in 33 attempts,
with Ray ending 8-of-16 from beyond the arc. Foye was 5-of-8 from long
distance while Nardi buried four of his six shots from three-point range.
Jose Olivero compiled 15 points, the lone Lehigh player in double figures. The
Mountain Hawks (2-4), who also beat Stony Brook in their last outing, shot
just 35 percent from the field.
The Wildcats embarked on an early 10-2 run, capped by threes by Foye and Ray,
to take a 16-5 lead seven minutes into the contest. Foye buried back-to-back
triples later on to spark a 11-2 burst which extended the margin to 18 points.
A three-point play by Kyle Lowry ended the spurt and gave Villanova a 30-12
advantage with eight minutes to go in the half.
Lowry compiled 12 points, seven rebounds and seven assists for the night.
The margin reached 20 points at 40-20 when Nardi sank a three-pointer with
4:28 remaining before intermission, and the Wildcats were up by as many as 24
before settling on a 47-25 lead at the break.
Ray hit his record-setting three with 6:37 left to play. The bucket ended a
13-0 run and put Villanova up 80-36.
Villanova head coach Jay Wright claimed his 200th career victory…The teams
were meeting for the first time since 1992. The Wildcats own a 9-3 advantage
in the series…The Wildcats’ previous individual single-game mark of seven
three-pointers was held by three players and most recently set by Eric Eberz
on February 18, 1995 against Connecticut…Villanova will next play at Rider
on Wednesday before hosting fifth-ranked Oklahoma this Saturday.