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'Nova Shoots Past Wake: 96-77

#3 AP, Villanova defeated Wake Forest by a score of 96-77 in Charleston today ...

Villanova advanced to 4-0 on the season and to the championship game of the Charleston Classic with a 96-77 win over Wake Forest this afternoon.  Villanova will face either UCF or the College of Charleston in the final on Sunday night at 9:30 on ESPN2.

The ‘Nova offense finished the game with 1.55 points per possession, 64.3% shooting from within the arc, 51.6% (16-31) three-point shooting and 85.7% FT shooting.  Josh Hart led the charge with 30 points while Mikal Bridges posted 19 and Kris Jenkins 16.  The Cats played without starter Phil Booth, who sat out the game with left knee tendonitis.

The ‘Nova defense played a mix of man and zone in attempts to slow down the high-powered Demon Deacon offense with a small degree of success.  Wake Forest scored 1.22 points per possession over the course of the game.  

Goods:

  • Outscored the Deacons by 24 points from three-point range
  • Out rebounded Wake 34-24

Others:

  • FG defense wasn’t up to the Cats normal standards (56.8% 2PFG, 38.1% 3PFG)
  • -2 in turnovers (only 6 for ‘Nova and 4 for Wake)

Jalen Brunson: ORtg 130, 11 points, 2 rebounds, 6 assists, 1 turnover.  This was the best game of the young season for Brunson - he made great decisions. was strong with the ball, made timely baskets and found guys in good scoring position.  His defense continues to improve.

He also found time for this great dunk:

Phil Booth: DNP.  Left knee tendonitis. 

Mikal Bridges: Played a whopping 37 minutes and was very productive.  165 ORtg. 19 points, 7 rebounds, 4 assists, 1 turnover, 2 blocked shots.  Bridges was a factor on defense and on the glass.  He was aggressive about shooting the ball or taking it to the rim when he had a good look or an exploitable seam in the defense - as well he should be.  

Josh Hart: A career high, 30 points with a crazy-efficient, 205 ORtg.  He shot 6-8 from beyond the arc and 5-6 from within, grabbed 4 rebounds, and posted 3 steals and 2 assists without a turnover.  You can’t play the game much more efficiently than Hart did today.  He is playing at an All-American level and is clearly the MVP for the Cats after four games.

Kris Jenkins: 135 ORtg, 16 points (3-6 from three-point range), 6 rebounds, 3 assists and 3 turnovers.  Despite getting in some foul trouble and losing some minutes because of it, Jenkins was generally solid.  He played well defensively and was a key factor in Villanova being able to control the glass against a tall and athletic Demon Deacon squad.

Darryl Reynolds: 181 ORtg, 2 points (on 2 made FTs and only 1 FG attempt, 6 rebounds, 1 assist, 2 blocks and 1 steal.  This was a well-rounded, solid game for Reynolds.  When the Cats’ primary weapons are scoring with efficiency, there is not much need for Reynolds to look to score - just enough to keep the defense honest.  Reynolds mixed it up in the paint and did a lot of the dirty work with screens and hustle.

Donte DiVincenzo: With Booth sidelined, the Cats needed a strong outing from DiVincenzo and that is exactly what they received.  DiVincenzo played some at the PG slot, drained 3 of 5 three-point FG attempts and posted 12 points total with a 184 ORtg.  He made a nice dribble move to get to the rim and score in the second half.  He was strong with the ball too - 0 turnovers with 1 assist.  He chipped in on the glass with 2 O-boards and 2 defensive rebounds as well.  Very positive game for DiVincenzo.

Eric Paschall: After averaging 14 points over the last two games, Paschall was less prolific in this one.  He tried a little too hard to dunk on guys heads or make the truly dominant move instead of finishing off the glass on three different touches in the second half.  He finished with 6 points on 2-5 shooting from two-point range, 0-3 from deep and 2-2 at the stripe.  He had an ORtg of 99 and grabbed two offensive rebounds.  

Dylan Painter: Had a defensive rebound and a turnover in a one minute run.

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