Villanova vs Pennsylvania

No. 12 'Nova gets 8th straight win over Philly foe Penn

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PHILADELPHIA -- Villanova's leading scorer didn't start. Its third-leading scorer didn't finish.

Senior guard Corey Stokes was the one who picked up the slack, scoring a career-high 34 points to pace the 12th-ranked Wildcats to a 65-53 victory over pesky Penn on Wednesday night in the Palestra.

Stokes was 11 for 15 from the field, 5 for 9 from 3-point range, as Villanova (8-1) beat the Quakers for the eighth straight time despite scoring its fewest points in a game this season.

"Thank God for Corey Stokes," Wildcats coach Jay Wright said. "Corey Stokes was incredible."

Penn guard Zack Rosen was a high school teammate of Stokes at St. Benedict's in New Jersey.

"We let one guy beat us," said Rosen, who had 20 points and five assists.

Senior forward Antonio Pena added 16 points and eight rebounds for the Wildcats, but it was Stokes who scored seven points in a 9-2 second-half run that enabled the Wildcats to extend their lead to 49-36. The Quakers (4-4) never drew closer than seven after that.

Stokes, whose 3-pointer amid that flurry gave him 1,000 points for his career, was also the one who compensated for the absence of top scorer Corey Fisher by scoring six points in the game's opening minutes. Fisher sat out the first 2:15 for disciplinary reasons.

"He got in an argument with me Sunday at practice," Wright said. "You don't do that when you're a senior leader."

The Wildcats lost sophomore guard Maalik Wayns when he hit his head on the court while drawing a charging foul with 1:22 left in the first half. He did not return, though Wright said he and his staff were being "overly cautious."

"We think he's going to be fine," he said.

Fisher and Wayns, who combined to average over 28 points a game, totaled just six - four by Fisher, who came in averaging 15.6 points through the team's first eight games.

The Quakers crawled out of an early 12-4 hole by outscoring the Wildcats 13-4 to take their only lead of the game, 17-16, with 8:33 left in the first half.

Wayns scored his only basket 10 seconds later to give Villanova the lead for good. But Penn was only down 30-23 at halftime, and was within 40-34 before Stokes keyed the pivotal 9-2 run.

"I come out every night with confidence," he said, "and my teammates got me open shots."

A fact duly noted by Penn coach Jerome Allen.

"No disrespect," he said, "but if we had been focused, he wouldn't have had the night he had. Too many open looks."

And, Allen added, "There's no sense of achievement that we held them to their lowest points of the season. We wanted to win the game."

Villanova won its second straight since suffering their only loss of the season, to No. 11 Tennessee in the NIT Season Tip-Off.

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Villanova guard Corey Stokes is fouled by Penn's Fran Dougherty on his way to scoring a career-high 34 points. (AP)
Villanova guard Corey Stokes is fouled by Penn's Fran Dougherty on his way to scoring a career-high 34 points. (AP)
Scoreboard
Villanova #12 (7-1) «303565
Pennsylvania (4-4)233053
NOVA:C. Stokes 34 Pts
NOVA:A. Pena 8 Reb
NOVA:C. Fisher 6 Ast
PA:Z. Rosen 20 Pts
PA:J. Eggleston 5 Reb
PA:Z. Rosen 5 Ast

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PLAYERS OF THE GAME
VillanovaPennsylvania
NOVA
Corey Stokes
PA
Zack Rosen
PtsRebsAstPtsRebsAst
34422025
Villanova Wildcats
A. Pena, F367-102-282316
C. Stokes, G3511-157-842134
D. Cheek, G272-70-05044
M. Yarou, F-C230-31-27211
M. Wayns, G131-40-00312
C. Fisher, G371-62-36614
J. Bell, G110-02-21122
M. Sutton, F-C100-02-21012
I. Armwood, F80-00-00000
R. Wooten, G-FDid Not Play
D. Ouano, GDid Not Play
J. Pinkston, FDid Not Play
Totals 22-4516-1932161465
 48.9%84.2% 
Pennsylvania Quakers
J. Eggleston, F404-82-553312
Z. Rosen, G387-143-425320
T. Bernardini, G282-61-40225
R. Belcore, G272-50-05015
C. Turley, F131-30-01032
M. Cartwright, G304-100-03228
F. Dougherty, F210-11-24121
C. Gunter, F-C30-10-00010
A. Schreiber, CDid Not Play
D. Smith, GDid Not Play
D. Monckton, GDid Not Play
M. Howlett, FDid Not Play
L. Loughery, FDid Not Play
Z. Gordon, FDid Not Play
S. Mullan, FDid Not Play
T. Eggleston, G-FDid Not Play
C. James, GDid Not Play
D. Jok, GDid Not Play
M. Kukoc, G-FDid Not Play
S. Rennard, GDid Not Play
Totals 20-487-1520131753
 41.7%46.7% 
Big East
TeamConf. W-LTot. W-LRPI Rank
Villanova15-332-41
Butler12-625-915
Creighton10-825-1026
Seton Hall10-821-1244
Providence10-820-1356
Marquette10-819-1361
Xavier9-924-1437
St. Johns7-1114-19140
Georgetown5-1314-18107
DePaul2-169-23236

Ivy League
TeamConf. W-LTot. W-LRPI Rank
Princeton14-023-747
Harvard10-418-10143
Yale9-518-11128
Penn6-813-15199
Columbia5-911-16262
Brown4-1013-17285
Cornell4-108-21270
Dartmouth4-107-20305
 
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