Villanova defeated UCF 67-57 Sunday night in the championship game of the Gildan Charleston Classic to advance to 5-0 on the season. The Cats were led by 15 points from Josh Hart, 13 from Donte DiVincenzo and a dozen each for Kris Jenkins and Jalen Brunson. ‘Nova gang-rebounded the ball to win the rebounding battle despite the interior presence of Tacko Fall (20 points and 13 rebounds).
Both the pace of the game and the Cats’ approach to scoring appeared to be influenced by Fall. Villanova didn’t take the ball to the rim as much as normal and at times seemed to think twice about going up with short range jumpers when Fall was on the back line. Instead, ‘Nova kicked the ball back out frequently and re-set the offense instead of attacking. Villanova did shoot the mid-range, pull-up jumper well. Those mid-range shots out of the half-court sets, a handful of break-away baskets off turnovers and a +10 advantage from the free-throw line became the determining factors in the game. Villanova scored 1.06 points per possession.
- grabbed more O-Boards than UCF
- 36-31 rebounding edge
- 100% FT shooting (12-12)
- Held UCF to 25.0% three-point shooting
- 7 steals
- 16-4 edge in bench scoring
- 5 double-figure scorers - balance!
- Shot 42.1% from the floor and 26.9% from three
- 9 assists / 11 turnovers
Kris Jenkins: Scored 12 points on 3-11 FG, 0-6 3PFG and 6-6 FTs. Grabbed four defensive rebounds and helped to clog the lane and frustrate Fall. Also contributed an assist and 2 steals offset by two turnovers. Kind of a mixed bag of results from Jenkins in this hard-fought game. 90 ORtg.
Darryl Reynolds: 2 points, 3 O-boards and 3 D-boards on 1-3 shooting from the floor. The box score doesn’t capture all the dirty work and defense that Reynolds provided to the Villanova cause in this game. He fronted the post, he helped on the post, he guarded all over the floor - Reynolds played hard and was a big factor on the Cats being able to slow the UCF offense. 85 ORtg.
Mikal Bridges: 10 points, 5 boards, 4 assists, 3 steals, 1 block and 1 turnover. Bridges played a very solid game. His defensive was a major plus and he provided timely scoring. Without his 4/1 A/TO ratio, ‘Nova had 5 assists and 10 turnovers - that is not going to get it done over the long haul. Bridges had a team high 36 minutes and left it all out on the court. 135 ORtg.
Jalen Brunson: 12 points on 4-10 from the floor and 2-4 beyond the arc. Brunson didn’t play as strong a floor game as the one he contributed against Wake Forest. He had 2 assists and 4 turnovers. Brunson played scrappy defense and made some key buckets at key moments as the Cats kept answering UCF runs in the second half. 92 ORtg.
Josh Hart: Team-high 15 points on 6-11 shooting from the floor and 1-5 from deep. Contributed 5 rebounds, 1 assist and 1 steal. Hart hit two early, pull-up, elbow jumpers out of the half-court offense and then went through a long stretch where he didn’t contribute to the offense much. Late in the game, Hart led a couple of hot stretches in which the Cats grew a lead and fended off a UCF run. 120 ORtg.
Eric Paschall: So far this season he seems to have a knack for getting called for some questionable fouls. Hopefully that worm turns. Paschall scored 3 points on 1-3 three-point FGs and 1-4 total FGs. He also chipped in with 3 rebounds in only 16 minutes of play. Needs to cut down on the fouls and play more minutes - not only to be out there to create his own positive contributions to the game but to give Bridges and Jenkins an opportunity to rest some. 102 ORtg.
Donte DiVincenzo: Easily his best game as a Wildcat. DiVincenzo dropped in 13 points (with a couple of those baskets helping to grow the lead at a critical stage in the second half). He has been very aggressive rebounding the ball and chasing after loose balls. He drilled 3 of 6 three-points. 4 rebounds, 1 assists, 1 block and 0 turnovers. 139 ORtg.
The Cats next game is at the Pavilion against the College of Charleston at 7PM on Wednesday.