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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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Key Players
A. Brodeur
25 F
J. Robinson-Earl
24 F
31.6 Min. Per Game 31.6
13.0 Pts. Per Game 13.0
2.3 Ast. Per Game 2.3
9.9 Reb. Per Game 9.9
49.6 Field Goal % 50.0
27.8 Three Point % 41.2
68.6 Free Throw % 80.8
  Defensive rebound by Jeremiah Robinson-Earl 20.0
  Ryan Betley missed 3-pt. jump shot 22.0
  Defensive rebound by Devon Goodman 28.0
  Brandon Slater missed 2nd of 2 free throws 28.0
+ 1 Brandon Slater made 1st of 2 free throws 28.0
  Shooting foul on Ryan Betley 28.0
  Defensive rebound by Jeremiah Robinson-Earl 35.0
  Devon Goodman missed 3-pt. jump shot 37.0
+ 1 Collin Gillespie made 2nd of 2 free throws 46.0
+ 1 Collin Gillespie made 1st of 2 free throws 46.0
  Personal foul on Ryan Betley 46.0
Team Stats
Points 69 80
Field Goals 29-60 (48.3%) 30-59 (50.8%)
3-Pointers 7-19 (36.8%) 4-10 (40.0%)
Free Throws 4-9 (44.4%) 16-21 (76.2%)
Total Rebounds 29 37
Offensive 5 9
Defensive 21 27
Team 3 1
Assists 20 16
Steals 5 9
Blocks 4 1
Turnovers 13 11
Fouls 16 16
Technicals 0 0
18 PTS, 14 REB, 6 AST
27 PTS, 6 REB, 2 AST
12T
away team logo Pennsylvania 5-4 303969
home team logo 23 Villanova 6-2 364480
Team Stats
away team logo Pennsylvania 5-4 76.3 PPG 38.2 RPG 16.6 APG
home team logo 23 Villanova 6-2 80.7 PPG 41.3 RPG 17.0 APG
Key Players
3
J. Dingle G 17.6 PPG 3.9 RPG 2.6 APG 45.3 FG%
41
S. Bey F 16.7 PPG 5.9 RPG 2.4 APG 54.5 FG%
Top Scorers
J. Dingle G 18 PTS 1 REB 2 AST
S. Bey F 27 PTS 6 REB 2 AST
48.3 FG% 50.8
36.8 3PT FG% 40.0
44.4 FT% 76.2
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
A. Brodeur 18 14 6 8/13 1/2 1/2 3 38 1 3 2 3 11
J. Dingle 18 1 2 6/14 4/9 2/5 4 33 0 0 5 0 1
D. Goodman 16 3 5 7/13 1/3 1/1 3 37 1 0 2 1 2
R. Betley 13 3 4 6/15 1/5 0/1 2 39 2 1 2 0 3
E. Scott 0 1 0 0/1 0/0 0/0 3 9 0 0 1 0 1
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
A. Brodeur 18 14 6 8/13 1/2 1/2 3 38 1 3 2 3 11
J. Dingle 18 1 2 6/14 4/9 2/5 4 33 0 0 5 0 1
D. Goodman 16 3 5 7/13 1/3 1/1 3 37 1 0 2 1 2
R. Betley 13 3 4 6/15 1/5 0/1 2 39 2 1 2 0 3
E. Scott 0 1 0 0/1 0/0 0/0 3 9 0 0 1 0 1
Bench PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
L. Monroe 4 1 0 2/4 0/0 0/0 0 11 0 0 0 0 1
J. Simmons 0 1 1 0/0 0/0 0/0 0 2 0 0 0 0 1
M. Martz 0 2 2 0/0 0/0 0/0 1 31 1 0 1 1 1
R. Jerome - - - - - - - - - - - - -
M. Jackson - - - - - - - - - - - - -
M. Wang - - - - - - - - - - - - -
G. Ryan - - - - - - - - - - - - -
B. Washington - - - - - - - - - - - - -
A. Imegwu - - - - - - - - - - - - -
K. Mijakowski - - - - - - - - - - - - -
M. Lorca-Lloyd - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Charles - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 69 26 20 29/60 7/19 4/9 16 200 5 4 13 5 21
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
S. Bey 27 6 2 10/18 1/2 6/7 4 33 0 0 3 3 3
J. Robinson-Earl 13 12 3 6/11 1/2 0/0 2 32 3 0 3 2 10
C. Gillespie 11 2 6 2/6 1/2 6/6 3 22 2 0 3 0 2
C. Swider 7 7 0 3/6 1/3 0/0 1 25 0 0 0 1 6
J. Samuels 2 4 2 1/2 0/0 0/2 1 27 3 1 1 1 3
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
S. Bey 27 6 2 10/18 1/2 6/7 4 33 0 0 3 3 3
J. Robinson-Earl 13 12 3 6/11 1/2 0/0 2 32 3 0 3 2 10
C. Gillespie 11 2 6 2/6 1/2 6/6 3 22 2 0 3 0 2
C. Swider 7 7 0 3/6 1/3 0/0 1 25 0 0 0 1 6
J. Samuels 2 4 2 1/2 0/0 0/2 1 27 3 1 1 1 3
Bench PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
J. Moore 17 1 1 7/13 0/0 3/4 2 36 0 0 1 0 1
B. Slater 3 3 2 1/1 0/0 1/2 2 20 1 0 0 2 1
D. Cosby-Roundtree 0 1 0 0/1 0/0 0/0 1 3 0 0 0 0 1
B. Antoine 0 0 0 0/1 0/1 0/0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0
C. Daniels - - - - - - - - - - - - -
T. Saunders - - - - - - - - - - - - -
K. Hoehn - - - - - - - - - - - - -
C. Arcidiacono - - - - - - - - - - - - -
E. Dixon - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 80 36 16 30/59 4/10 16/21 16 200 9 1 11 9 27