The Cats continue to roll through the early portion of the schedule with a solid, 63-47 win over College of Charleston. Poor shooting from beyond the arc and the free-throw line prevented a more lop-sided 'Nova win but the defense, which included full and three-quarter-court pressure, switching man and zone, deserves credit for securing this victory.
'Nova was led in scoring by Josh Hart (13 points and 11 rebounds) and Kris Jenkins (11 points). The swarming, helping, team defense held the Cougars to 35.2% FG shooting and 18.2% 3PFG shooting. Though Charleston prefers to play at a slow pace, Villanova slowed things even further for them - forcing 10 second violations and shot clock violation, clogging passing lanes and limiting the effectiveness of the Cougars passing and cutting game.
- +11 edge at the free-throw line - due, in part, to being aggressive looking inside
- forced 14 turnovers
- balanced scoring
- avoided fouling the Cougars
- +5 rebounding edge
- 21-8 lead in bench points
- Villanova shot 43.8% from the floor, 29.4% from three, and 66.7% from the line - all a little down
- 4-7 3PFG by Hart & Jenkins ... 1-10 from three for everyone else
- Cats won the 2nd half by a score of 28-26
Notes: Phil Booth sat out with left knee tendonitis. Tim Delaney was on the bench in a suit with his continued hip issues. Kris Jenkins did not start the game due to having missed a class.
Player by Player:
Darryl Reynolds (21 min, 6 points, 4 boards, 1 block, 2 turnovers, 72 ORtg) Still needs to make quicker decisions when he receives the entry pass in the low post. There were a couple instances in this game where he had an advantage to get a clean look if he went up immediately or a passing lane to kick it to a shooter but hesitated, put the ball on the deck and stalled the possession. Reynolds really puts in work on the defensive end and fights for every board within his reach.
Eric Paschall (20 min, 8 points, 5 rebounds, 3 assists, 1 steal, 1 block, 1 turnover, 95 ORtg) Started the game with a thundering dunk off a dribble move into the paint. Couldn't get his three-ball to fall in this one but showed some craftiness in the lane. Paschall has the strength to rip rebounds out of crowds.
Mikal Bridges (8 points, 5 rebounds, 3 assists, 1 steal, 158 ORtg) When Bridges decides to attack the basket, he does it with quickness and confidence. Shot 3 for 3 inside the arc - two of them were lightning quick dribble-drive moves. He was disruptive on defense - disrupting passing lanes and shutting down attempted dribble moves.
Jalen Brunson (7 points, 3 assists, 0 turnovers, 112 ORtg) Great floor game for Brunson to bounce back from a more mediocre outing against UCF. He made an electric pass to Paschall for a resounding dunk in the second half after dribbling around and through a couple defenders and looping back through the lane from the baseline. Scored and/or got fouled on a couple of strong takes to the rim. Turnover-free basketball after being pulled rather quickly after his stating run - for what appeared to be a decision to take a tough, guarded shot on a possession that saw no passes from the 'Nova offense.
Josh Hart (13 points, 11 rebounds, 1 assist, 4 turnovers, 100 ORtg) Continues to impress. He had a couple of his signature rebounds where he simply times a missed shot perfectly and soars past an unknowing opponent that thinks he has the area boxed out to snatch the ball from above a crowd. Drained the trey, got to the rim and controlled the glass. The only knock on Hart in this game was his four turnovers - at least one off a charge call.
Kris Jenkins (11 points, 2 rebounds, 3 assists, 128 ORtg) Jenkins has not tried to force much of anything on offense so far this season. He takes shots that are within the offense and rarely tries to do too much. Jenkins hit a deep, left-wing three in the first half and a nice baseline fall-away jumper as well. Played some quality defense in the paint in this game. 13 points shy of 1,000 for his career.
Donte DiVincenzo (7 points, 4 rebounds, 4 steals, 1 block, 1 turnover, 74 ORtg) Didn't shoot the ball well but looked good in other areas for certain. DiVincenzo has great timing on steals and blocks. He showed great anticipation in grabbing four steals. His block was a high-flying swat from behind in transition - the shooter certainly didn't expect it. With Booth out, DiVincenzo played some PG and did okay - but he will need to work on facilitating a bit more in place of finding his own shot.
Dylan Painter (5 min, 3 points) Painter got a decent run at the end of the game. He mixed it up in the lane, scored on a lay-up and made one of two FTs.
Villanova tips it off again next Tuesday (11/29) at the Palestra against Penn at 7PM.