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Behind Bey, No. 23 Villanova holds off pesky Penn 80-69

VILLANOVA, Pa. (AP) Saddiq Bey kept another surprise defeat at bay for Villanova, and again made the Wildcats the top contender for another city championship.

Bey scored a career-high 27 points and Jeremiah Robinson-Earl had 13 points and 12 rebounds to lead No. 23 Villanova to an 80-69 victory over Penn on Wednesday night.

The Wildcats (6-2) finally pulled away from the Quakers over the final 2 minutes to avoid a second straight loss to their Philadelphia basketball rivals. Justin Moore converted a three-point play to give Villanova the breathing room it needed to hold off pesky Penn (5-4).

"The reason those games are like that and always have been is because we all know each other," coach Jay Wright said.

Jordan Dingle and AJ Brodeur each scored 18 points for Penn. Moore finished with 17 for the Wildcats.

The Quakers pulled off one of the biggest upsets in Philly hoops history last season when they knocked off the national champion Wildcats 78-75 at the Palestra. The Wildcats had won a city-record 25 straight games against Big 5 rivals Temple, Saint Joseph's, La Salle and the Quakers. Penn would win the Big 5 title but not the Ivy League crown that could have sent it back to the NCAA Tournament.

The Quakers came out determined to prove they were no one-upset wonder. They forced the game into the paint and kept the Wildcats from relying on the 3 to put them away. Brodeur scored 12 points and the Quakers had the game tied at 30-all late in the first half.

Jermaine Samuels swayed the game toward Villanova on a monster block on Devon Goodman's fast-break attempt and Bey capitalized with a thunderous jam on the other end that brought the fans to their feet. The dunk gave Bey 23 points, one better than his career high set earlier this season against Army.

Much like last season, the Quakers weren't going away. Goodman buried a 3 and quickly dunked off his own steal to bring the 11½-point underdog Quakers within four midway through the second half. Dingle hit a 3 to make it a one-point game and suddenly the thought of another shocker was in full force on Villanova's campus. Penn students stormed the court, tossed streamers, hopped around at midcourt, and mobbed the players after last season's win at the Palestra.

Robinson-Earl is a freshman and had nothing to do with the defeat, and knew even less about the Big 5. But one big game against the Quakers - hardly confused with the powerhouse programs the Wildcats beat in March - changed his perspective on the rivalry's meaning.

"The coaches have told me, the players have told me, it's just so important," he said. "I don't know a lot of the history about it but I can see from the energy Coach gives about how important it is."

The fans inside the Pavilion were all but silenced when the Quakers made it 48-47. The Quakers kept driving inside to keep the deficit within single digits and Dingle got a rise out of the Penn bench on a two-handed dunk. Try as they might, the Quakers couldn't stop Bey and couldn't go on enough of a run to ever take the lead. Goodman hit Penn's seventh 3 to make it 68-64 with Bey on the bench with four fouls.

The Wildcats made only 4 of 10 3-pointers; Bey was 10 of 18 overall with six rebounds.

"I don't know if we were ready for the physicality he brought to the game," Brodeur said. "He scored a lot of points at the basket."

The Wildcats held Penn to only five points over the final 4 minutes to hang on for the tougher-than-necessary victory.

"Three minutes to go, I thought the plan was working," Penn coach Steve Donohue said. "We just kind of ran out of gas on the offensive end.

BIG PICTURE:

Penn: The Quakers have never won on Villanova's campus, falling to 0-12.

Villanova: The Wildcats have 26 Big 5 titles, second to Temple's 28. Villanova won five straight before the Quakers ended the run last season but the Wildcats seem poised to go hard after another city title this season. They are 2-0 this season.

UP NEXT

Penn: The Quakers have a long layoff until they host Widener on Dec. 21.

Villanova: The Wildcats play Sunday at Saint Joseph's in traditionally the biggest city hoops game of the season.

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1st Half

Time Team Play Score
20:00   Jumpball received by Villanova  
19:45 +2 Saddiq Bey made layup, assist by Collin Gillespie 0-2
19:25   Bad pass turnover on Eddie Scott, stolen by Jermaine Samuels  
19:18   Collin Gillespie missed layup  
19:16   Defensive rebound by Eddie Scott  
19:10   Jordan Dingle missed 3-pt. jump shot  
19:08   Defensive rebound by Cole Swider  
19:01   Saddiq Bey missed jump shot  
18:59   Defensive rebound by AJ Brodeur  
18:51 +3 Ryan Betley made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Jordan Dingle 3-2
18:19   Shooting foul on Eddie Scott  
18:19 +1 Saddiq Bey made 1st of 2 free throws 3-3
18:19 +1 Saddiq Bey made 2nd of 2 free throws 3-4
17:56   Jordan Dingle missed jump shot  
17:54   Defensive rebound by Saddiq Bey  
17:47   Jeremiah Robinson-Earl missed 3-pt. jump shot  
17:45   Offensive rebound by Saddiq Bey  
17:45   Shooting foul on Jordan Dingle  
17:45 +1 Saddiq Bey made 1st of 2 free throws 3-5
17:45 +1 Saddiq Bey made 2nd of 2 free throws 3-6
17:20 +2 AJ Brodeur made jump shot, assist by Devon Goodman 5-6
16:58   Lost ball turnover on Jeremiah Robinson-Earl, stolen by AJ Brodeur  
16:41   Ryan Betley missed layup  
16:39   Defensive rebound by Cole Swider  
16:32   Cole Swider missed 3-pt. jump shot  
16:30   Defensive rebound by Pennsylvania  
16:18 +2 Devon Goodman made layup 7-6
15:56   Saddiq Bey missed layup  
15:54   Defensive rebound by Jordan Dingle  
15:30 +2 Ryan Betley made layup, assist by AJ Brodeur 9-6
15:00 +2 Justin Moore made layup 9-8
14:31   Devon Goodman missed layup  
14:29   Defensive rebound by Jeremiah Robinson-Earl  
14:20 +3 Jeremiah Robinson-Earl made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Collin Gillespie 9-11
13:56   AJ Brodeur missed hook shot  
13:54   Defensive rebound by Jeremiah Robinson-Earl  
13:48   Collin Gillespie missed layup  
13:46   Defensive rebound by Pennsylvania  
13:33   Lost ball turnover on Devon Goodman, stolen by Jermaine Samuels  
13:24 +2 Cole Swider made layup, assist by Brandon Slater 9-13
13:09 +3 Jordan Dingle made 3-pt. jump shot 12-13
12:45   Justin Moore missed hook shot  
12:43   Defensive rebound by Ryan Betley  
12:31   Ryan Betley missed layup  
12:29   Offensive rebound by AJ Brodeur  
12:29   Shooting foul on Cole Swider  
12:29   AJ Brodeur missed 1st of 2 free throws  
12:29 +1 AJ Brodeur made 2nd of 2 free throws 13-13
12:13   Justin Moore missed layup  
12:11   Defensive rebound by Devon Goodman  
11:55 +2 Lucas Monroe made layup 15-13
11:32   Collin Gillespie missed 3-pt. jump shot  
11:30   Defensive rebound by Jarrod Simmons  
11:19 +2 Ryan Betley made layup, assist by Jarrod Simmons 17-13
11:04   Offensive foul on Jermaine Samuels  
11:04   Turnover on Jermaine Samuels  
10:51   Offensive foul on AJ Brodeur  
10:51   Turnover on AJ Brodeur  
10:38   Bryan Antoine missed 3-pt. jump shot  
10:36   Defensive rebound by Lucas Monroe  
10:28   Lucas Monroe missed layup  
10:26   Defensive rebound by Jeremiah Robinson-Earl  
10:16 +2 Collin Gillespie made layup, assist by Jeremiah Robinson-Earl 17-15
9:53 +2 AJ Brodeur made jump shot 19-15
9:35   Collin Gillespie missed jump shot  
9:33   Offensive rebound by Brandon Slater  
9:27 +2 Brandon Slater made dunk 19-17
9:15   Personal foul on Brandon Slater  
9:08   Lost ball turnover on Jordan Dingle, stolen by Brandon Slater  
9:02 +2 Saddiq Bey made dunk, assist by Jeremiah Robinson-Earl 19-19
8:30 +2 Ryan Betley made layup, assist by AJ Brodeur 21-19
8:30   Shooting foul on Collin Gillespie  
8:30   Ryan Betley missed free throw  
8:30   Defensive rebound by Jeremiah Robinson-Earl  
8:22 +2 Saddiq Bey made layup, assist by Collin Gillespie 21-21
7:58 +2 AJ Brodeur made hook shot, assist by Devon Goodman 23-21
7:45 +2 Justin Moore made layup, assist by Collin Gillespie 23-23
7:23   Personal foul on Dhamir Cosby-Roundtree  
7:11   Lost ball turnover on AJ Brodeur, stolen by Collin Gillespie  
7:04 +2 Justin Moore made layup, assist by Collin Gillespie 23-25
6:49   Eddie Scott missed layup  
6:44   Offensive rebound by Devon Goodman  
6:44   Devon Goodman missed layup  
6:44   Defensive rebound by Collin Gillespie  
6:45   Offensive foul on Collin Gillespie  
6:45   Turnover on Collin Gillespie  
6:30   Jordan Dingle missed layup  
6:28   Defensive rebound by Dhamir Cosby-Roundtree  
6:19   Lost ball turnover on Saddiq Bey, stolen by Ryan Betley  
6:19   Lost ball turnover on Ryan Betley, stolen by Collin Gillespie  
6:12   Justin Moore missed jump shot  
6:10   Defensive rebound by AJ Brodeur  
6:04   Ryan Betley missed layup  
6:02   Defensive rebound by Cole Swider  
5:40 +2 Saddiq Bey made hook shot 23-27
5:21 +2 AJ Brodeur made layup, assist by Ryan Betley 25-27
4:52   Dhamir Cosby-Roundtree missed hook shot  
4:50   Defensive rebound by Max Martz  
4:33 +2 Lucas Monroe made layup, assist by Max Martz 27-27
4:20   Offensive foul on Collin Gillespie  
4:20   Turnover on Collin Gillespie  
3:54   Ryan Betley missed jump shot  
3:52   Defensive rebound by Justin Moore  
3:42 +3 Saddiq Bey made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Jeremiah Robinson-Earl 27-30
3:25 +3 AJ Brodeur made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Devon Goodman 30-30
2:55   Shooting foul on Max Martz  
2:55   Saddiq Bey missed 1st of 2 free throws  
2:25   Lucas Monroe missed jump shot  
2:55 +1 Saddiq Bey made 2nd of 2 free throws 30-31
2:25   Lucas Monroe missed jump shot  
2:23   Defensive rebound by Jeremiah Robinson-Earl  
2:11 +2 Jeremiah Robinson-Earl made layup, assist by Saddiq Bey 30-33
1:49   Traveling violation turnover on Max Martz  
1:40   Saddiq Bey missed 3-pt. jump shot  
1:38   Offensive rebound by Jermaine Samuels  
1:31 +3 Cole Swider made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Jermaine Samuels 30-36
1:09   AJ Brodeur missed hook shot  
1:07   Defensive rebound by Saddiq Bey  
49.0   Saddiq Bey missed layup  
47.0   Defensive rebound by AJ Brodeur  
42.0   Devon Goodman missed 3-pt. jump shot  
40.0   Defensive rebound by Jermaine Samuels  
12.0   Jeremiah Robinson-Earl missed layup  
10.0   Defensive rebound by AJ Brodeur  
2.0   Ryan Betley missed 3-pt. jump shot  
2.0   Defensive rebound by Villanova  
1.0   Personal foul on Eddie Scott  
1.0   Lost ball turnover on Saddiq Bey, stolen by Ryan Betley  

2nd Half

Time Team Play Score
19:56   Lost ball turnover on Ryan Betley, stolen by Jeremiah Robinson-Earl  
19:51   Personal foul on Eddie Scott  
19:31 +2 Saddiq Bey made layup 30-38
19:31   Shooting foul on AJ Brodeur  
19:31 +1 Saddiq Bey made free throw 30-39
19:14   Shooting foul on Justin Moore  
19:14   Jordan Dingle missed 1st of 2 free throws  
19:14   Jordan Dingle missed 2nd of 2 free throws  
19:14   Defensive rebound by Jermaine Samuels  
19:02 +2 Saddiq Bey made layup 30-41
18:44 +3 Jordan Dingle made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Devon Goodman 33-41
18:20   Saddiq Bey missed layup, blocked by AJ Brodeur  
18:18   Defensive rebound by Ryan Betley  
18:11   Jordan Dingle missed 3-pt. jump shot  
18:09   Defensive rebound by Jeremiah Robinson-Earl  
18:04   Lost ball turnover on Justin Moore, stolen by Max Martz  
17:55   Devon Goodman missed layup, blocked by Jermaine Samuels  
17:53   Defensive rebound by Cole Swider  
17:47 +2 Saddiq Bey made dunk, assist by Jermaine Samuels 33-43
17:32   Personal foul on Jeremiah Robinson-Earl  
17:19   AJ Brodeur missed layup  
17:17   Offensive rebound by AJ Brodeur  
17:14 +2 AJ Brodeur made layup 35-43
16:56   Shooting foul on Devon Goodman  
16:56 +1 Justin Moore made 1st of 2 free throws 35-44
16:42   Turnover on Villanova  
16:42   Bad pass turnover on Jordan Dingle  
16:26   Cole Swider missed 3-pt. jump shot, blocked by Ryan Betley  
16:24   Defensive rebound by AJ Brodeur  
16:15   Jordan Dingle missed 3-pt. jump shot  
16:13   Defensive rebound by Jeremiah Robinson-Earl  
16:05   Justin Moore missed jump shot  
16:03   Offensive rebound by Brandon Slater  
16:03   Personal foul on Jordan Dingle  
15:53   Jeremiah Robinson-Earl missed jump shot  
15:51   Defensive rebound by Ryan Betley  
15:40 +2 Ryan Betley made layup, assist by AJ Brodeur 37-44
15:19   Saddiq Bey missed layup  
15:17   Defensive rebound by AJ Brodeur  
15:00   Devon Goodman missed jump shot  
14:58   Defensive rebound by Jermaine Samuels  
14:50 +2 Justin Moore made layup, assist by Brandon Slater 37-46
14:38 +3 Devon Goodman made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Jordan Dingle 40-46
14:15   Justin Moore missed layup  
14:13   Offensive rebound by Jeremiah Robinson-Earl  
14:02 +2 Jeremiah Robinson-Earl made tip-in 40-48
13:51 +2 AJ Brodeur made layup, assist by Devon Goodman 42-48
13:29   Lost ball turnover on Jeremiah Robinson-Earl, stolen by Devon Goodman  
13:25 +2 Devon Goodman made dunk 44-48
13:07   Traveling violation turnover on Saddiq Bey  
12:54 +3 Jordan Dingle made 3-pt. jump shot 47-48
12:36 +3 Collin Gillespie made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Saddiq Bey 47-51
12:19 +2 Devon Goodman made jump shot 49-51
11:58   Lost ball turnover on Collin Gillespie  
11:50   Jordan Dingle missed 3-pt. jump shot  
11:48   Defensive rebound by Jeremiah Robinson-Earl  
11:32 +2 Jermaine Samuels made layup 49-53
11:14   AJ Brodeur missed hook shot  
11:12   Offensive rebound by AJ Brodeur  
11:04 +2 Jordan Dingle made layup, assist by Ryan Betley 51-53
10:40 +2 Jeremiah Robinson-Earl made jump shot, assist by Justin Moore 51-55
10:22 +2 AJ Brodeur made hook shot, assist by Ryan Betley 53-55
9:54   Saddiq Bey missed layup  
9:52   Offensive rebound by Saddiq Bey  
9:47 +2 Saddiq Bey made tip-in 53-57
9:30   Shooting foul on Saddiq Bey  
9:30 +1 Jordan Dingle made 1st of 2 free throws 54-57
9:30 +1 Jordan Dingle made 2nd of 2 free throws 55-57
9:09   Justin Moore missed layup  
9:07   Defensive rebound by AJ Brodeur  
9:02   Personal foul on Saddiq Bey  
9:01   Lost ball turnover on Jordan Dingle, stolen by Jeremiah Robinson-Earl  
8:51 +2 Cole Swider made hook shot 55-59
8:38   Personal foul on Saddiq Bey  
8:30 +2 Ryan Betley made layup, assist by AJ Brodeur 57-59
8:05   Jeremiah Robinson-Earl missed jump shot  
8:03   Offensive rebound by Cole Swider  
7:55   Cole Swider missed layup  
7:53   Offensive rebound by Jeremiah Robinson-Earl  
7:46 +2 Jeremiah Robinson-Earl made jump shot 57-61
7:38   Ryan Betley missed 3-pt. jump shot  
7:36   Defensive rebound by Cole Swider  
7:29   Jermaine Samuels missed layup  
7:27   Defensive rebound by AJ Brodeur  
7:22 +2 Jordan Dingle made dunk 59-61
6:58 +2 Saddiq Bey made jump shot 59-63
6:41   Lost ball turnover on Devon Goodman, stolen by Jermaine Samuels  
6:37   Shooting foul on AJ Brodeur  
6:37   Jermaine Samuels missed 1st of 2 free throws  
6:37   Jermaine Samuels missed 2nd of 2 free throws  
6:37   Offensive rebound by Saddiq Bey