Reynolds leads Villanova to upset of No. 21 Texas
Philadelphia, PA (Sports Network) – Scottie Reynolds poured in 26 points to
lead the Villanova Wildcats to their second straight win over a nationally-
ranked opponent, with a 76-69 victory over 21st-ranked Texas at the Wachovia
Dante Cunningham added 16 points and seven rebounds for the Wildcats (13-5),
who defeated 20th-ranked Notre Dame on Wednesday. Mike Nardi added 13
points in the victory.
Shane Clark added a double-double with 11 points and 13 boards for Villanova,
which has won three of its last four games overall.
D.J. Augustin netted 25 points for the Longhorns (13-5), who have lost two
straight. On Tuesday, Texas lost in triple-overtime to Oklahoma State on the
Texas Freshman sensation Kevin Durant had 12 points on 4-of-15 shooting from
the field, with 11 coming in the first half. A.J. Abrams contributed 19 points
in the loss and was 5-of-11 from beyond the arc.
Leading by three points in the second half, the Wildcats ripped off an 8-0 run
to take a 48-37 lead with about 12 1/2 minutes to play. Cunningham hit back-
to-back jump shots to close out the stretch for Nova.
Villanova continued to run in front in the half and used a 7-0 surge to
increase its lead to 65-52 with about 5 1/2 minutes to play. Reynolds capped
the run with a layup off a fast break.
Texas then started to chip away at the lead and used a 7-0 run to pull to
within 68-66 with under 2 1/2 minutes to play. Abrams drilled a deep three-
pointer to end the stretch for the Longhorns.
Villanova then responded with four consecutive free throws to lead 72-66 with
44 ticks on the clock. J.D. Lewis was then fouled on an attempt from beyond
the arc, and hit all three shots from the charity stripe to make it a three-
That was as close as the Longhorns were able to get as Nova hit its free
throws down the stretch.
The Wildcats ended a defensive orientated first half on a 5-0 run to take a
26-23 lead into the break. Reynolds led Villanova with seven points at the
Durant had 11 points and five boards for the Longhorns at halftime. Texas also
had trouble protecting the basketball, committing 11 turnovers in the opening
The all-time series between the schools is tied at 1-1…Villanova finished 7-
of-25 from beyond the arc while Texas was 11-of-33 from long distance
range…Durant had eight rebounds and was 0-for-6 from the field in the second