Villanova vs St. Joseph's

Ex-Duke player King helps No. 3 Villanova outlast St. Joseph's wire reports

PHILADELPHIA -- Taylor King already knows about the Duke-North Carolina rivalry. Now, he found one just as intense in Villanova-St. Joseph's.

King, a transfer from Duke, scored 20 points and hit two key 3-pointers in the closing minutes to lead the No. 3 Wildcats past St. Joe's, 97-89 on Wednesday night.

"In some ways, it was like a bout," Hawks coach Phil Martelli said. "They took a swing. We took a swing."

Scottie Reynolds had 22 points, and Antonio Pena chipped in with 15 to help the Wildcats win the area's most intense rivalry.

Idris Hilliard scored a career-high 22 points, and Darrin Govens added 19 for St. Joseph's, which had five players with at least 12 points.

"It was crazy, but I treated it like any other game," King said.

Villanova (9-0) converted 30 of 31 second-half free-throw attempts, including 29 in a row, to win for the 43rd time in 57 meetings against the Hawks (3-5).

"That was big," Villanova coach Jay Wright said. "We have good shooters. In the second half, every one was big."

St. Joe's charged within four points with less than two minutes to play. But King drilled his fourth 3-pointer with 1:29 left to give the Wildcats breathing room. Corey Fisher also made four consecutive free throws when the Hawks were forced to foul.

"He's a marvelous player," Martelli said. "He has a quick release, a pretty shot and incredible passion."

The Wildcats trailed 38-37 after Govens turned a Bryant Irwin pass into a reverse lay-up with 2:41 left in the first half. But Reynolds drove for a lay-up on the next possession, and Villanova never trailed again.

The 38 points were the most given up by the Wildcats in an opening half this season.

After St. Joe's pulled within one by hitting the first basket of the second half, Villanova went on a 16-7 run over the next six minutes, building a 10-point lead. Their biggest lead of 12 points came after freshman Dominic Cheek scored on a lay-in with 7:44 left.

"I say it every time," Wright said. "You can never predict these games. You've got to tough it out. They really played hard and I'm proud of our guys. They played great and we gutted it out."

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Villanova's Taylor King comes off the bench to score 20 points, including these two in the first half.  (AP)
Villanova's Taylor King comes off the bench to score 20 points, including these two in the first half. (AP)
Villanova #3 (9-0) «415697
Saint Joseph's (3-5)385189
NOVA:Scottie Reynolds 22 Pts
NOVA:Taylor King 9 Reb
NOVA:Corey Fisher 6 Ast
STJOS:Idris Hilliard 22 Pts
STJOS:Idris Hilliard 7 Reb
STJOS:Garrett Williamson 7 Ast

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St. Joseph'sVillanova
Idris Hilliard
Scottie Reynolds
Villanova Wildcats
C. Stokes, G352-50-04114
S. Reynolds, G324-512-1465322
C. Fisher, G292-88-826513
A. Pena, F255-85-672415
M. Sutton, F-C181-62-36044
T. King, F277-152-292420
M. Wayns, G182-34-52039
D. Cheek, G113-72-22008
I. Armwood, F51-10-01012
J. Colenda, GDid Not Play
R. Redding, GDid Not Play
R. Wooten, FDid Not Play
M. Yarou, F-CDid Not Play
Totals 27-5835-4039162597
St. Joseph's Hawks
I. Hilliard, F355-512-1371422
D. Govens, G337-132-243419
G. Williamson, G313-86-1017513
T. O'Brien, C201-51-35043
C. Prescott, G141-60-01123
C. Jones, G245-103-302216
J. Crosgile, G203-74-511412
B. Irwin, F170-21-24321
C. Bentley, G60-20-00000
A. Rogers, FDid Not Play
T. Adebayo, CDid Not Play
M. Auriemma, GDid Not Play
C. Baptiste, FDid Not Play
C. Brown, GDid Not Play
Totals 25-5829-3823182789
Big East
TeamConf. W-LTot. W-LRPI Rank
Seton Hall10-821-1244
St. Johns7-1114-19140

Atlantic 10
TeamConf. W-LTot. W-LRPI Rank
Rhode Island13-525-1031
St. Bona.11-720-1291
Geo. Wash.10-820-15102
George Mason9-920-14103
La Salle9-915-15137
Saint Louis6-1212-21238
Saint Josephs4-1411-20201
Other games
VALPO 62 Final
Purdue 86
DUQ 39 Final
W Virg 68
RAD 64 Final
Kansas 99
Wisc 84 Final
GB 88
AUGILL 40 Final
Kentucky 64 Final
UConn 61