Antonio Pena
Antonio Pena

Player Profile
Class:
RS Senior

Hometown:
Brooklyn, N.Y.

High School:
St. Thomas More

Height / Weight:
6-8½ / 235

Position:
Forward

Birthdate:
07/20/1986

01/27/2010

Villanova vs. Notre Dame

Villanova vs. Notre Dame

VILLANOVA: Concluded his career as one of only 19 Wildcats to finish with more than 1,000 points (1,100) and 700 rebounds (730) ... Ranks 14th all-time at VU in career rebounding ... Brings a strong low-post game along with the skill to step away from the basket to make shots.

2010-11 Season: Started all 33 games ... Averaged 9.8 points and 7.1 rebounds per game ... His 235 rebounds led Villanova ... Connected on .502 of his field goal attempts.

2010-11 Big East Regular Season: Contributed 9.7 points and 6.8 rebounds per outing ... Added 12 points and five rebounds in 27 minutes at Notre Dame on Feb. 28 ... Logged a career-high 40 minutes, scoring six points and grabbing six caroms, in a 77-75 win at DePaul on Feb. 19 ... Led the `Cats with 12 rebounds to go with 10 points in a 60-57 win at Seton Hall on Feb. 15 ... Dropped in 15 points on 7-of-10 shooting from teh field to go with eight rebounds on Feb. 9 at Rutgers ... Added 10 points along with four rebounds and three steals in a 66-50 win over West Virginia on Feb. 5 ... Reached the 1,000 point and 700 rebound milestones for his career with a 14-point, 10 rebound effort in a 75-70 victory over Marquette on Feb. 2 ... Posted his third double-double of the season with 17 points and 15 rebounds in an 83-68 loss at Providence on Jan. 26 ... The 15 caroms were a season high ... Chipped in with 10 points and seven rebounds in an 83-72 win at No. 3 Syracuse on Jan. 22 ... Contributed 11 points and seven rebounds in an 83-71 win at USF on Jan. 6.

2010-11 Postseason: Added six points and five rebounds in VU's Big East Tournament game against USF and followed that with seven points and five rebounds in 32 minutes of VU's 61-57 loss to George Mason in NCAA Tournament second round action.

2010-11 Highlights: Added a key double-double with 14 points and 10 rebounds in a season-high 39 minutes of action against Maryland on Jan. 15 ... Delivered eight points and nine rebounds in a season-high 37 minutes of action in a 78-74 win over No. 25 Temple on Dec. 30 ... Came up with 16 points and eight rebounds to help key a 65-53 win over Penn on Dec. 8 at the Palestra ... Contibuted a double-double with 14 points and 14 rebounds in a 71-60 win over Saint Joseph's on Dec. 3 ... Added 14 points and eight rebounds in a 78-68 defeat to Tennessee on Nov. 26 at Madison SquarePosted 12 points and eight rebounds in an 86-41 victory over Lafayette at the Pavilion ... Helped key a win over Boston University with 17 points on 7-of-9 shooting from the field on Nov. 17 ... Also delivered eight rebounds ... Added nine points and five rebounds in the Wildcats' 84-47 win over Marist on Nov. 16 at the Pavilion ... Led the Wildcats with eight rebounds to go with four points in VU's 68-52 victory over Bucknell on Nov. 12 at the Pavilion.

2009-10 Season: Averaged 10.5 points and 7.0 rebounds while starting 31 of the Wildcats' 33 games ... Named Most Outstanding Player at the O'Reilly Auto Parts Puerto Rico Tipoff in November ... Converted .577 of his field goal attempts.

2009-10 Big East Regular Season: Started all 18 conference games, averaging 9.3 points and 6.4 rebounds per contest ... Led VU with seven rebounds to go with 10 points in a 77-73 win at Cincinnati on March 2 ... Scored 14 points and added seven rebounds in a 74-49 win over USF on Feb. 24 ... Contributed eight points and nine rebounds in a 70-65 loss at Pitt on Feb. 21 ... Notched his sixth double-double of the year with 15 points and 12 rebounds in a 92-81 win over Providence on Feb. 13 ... Added 10 points and nine rebounds to an 82-75 win at West Virginia on Feb. 8 ... Led the `Cats with 16 points and eight rebounds in an 81-71 win over Seton Hall on Feb. 2 ... Notched his fifth double-double of the year with 14 points and 10 rebounds in a 90-72 win over Notre Dame on Jan. 27 ... Scored 10 of his points after intermission ... Sank two key free throws in the final 10 seconds of VU's 78-76 win over Marquette on Jan. 9 ... Was 5-of-5 at the line and finished with 11 points and four rebounds.

2009-10 Postseason: Contributed 14 points and six rebounds in the 80-76 loss to Marquette in the BIG EAST Tournament ... Also added nine points in Villanova's second round NCAA Tournament game against St. Mary's.

2009-10 Highlights: Connected on 7-of-9 field goal attempts for 17 points to go with seven rebounds in a 96-58 win over Fordham ... Picked up 16 points in a career-high 39 minutes of a 75-65 loss at Temple at the Liacouras Center on Dec. 13 ... Contributed 15 points and seven rebounds in the Wildcats' 97-89 win at Saint Joseph's on Dec. 9 ... Notched a new career high with 19 points, including 11 of 16 from the line, to go with 11 rebounds in a 77-58 win over Drexel on Dec. 2 ... Contributed 14 points, eight rebounds, three steals and a pair of assists in Villanova's 81-63 win over La Salle on Nov. 28 ... Took home the Most Outstanding Player Award at the O'Reilly Auto Parts Puerto Rico Tip-Off after scoring 17 points and grabbing a career high 16 rebounds in a 79-67 win over Ole Miss on Nov. 22 ... He also logged a career high 38 minutes and tied his career high in points .. Sank four of five field goal attempts and scored 13 points to go with seven rebounds in a 71-65 win over No. 21 Dayton in San Juan ... Posted his third straight double-double with 10 points and 12 rebounds in 27 minutes of action against George Mason ... Came up with his second career double-double in a 103-65 win over Penn on Nov. 16 ... Contributed 12 points and 10 rebounds ... Added nine points and 10 rebounds in VU's 84-61 win over Fairleigh Dickinson on Nov. 13.

2008-09 Season: Played in 37 games and started 20, seeing 17.6 minutes per game ... Averaged 5.1 points and 4.2 rebounds per game for the season ... Had 38 assists, 19 blocked shots and 10 steals ... Shot .481 (64-133) from the field and .685 (61-89) at the foul line ... Scored in double figures eight times and rebounded in double figures once.

2008-09 Big East Regular Season: Started seven of 18 Big East games ... Averaged 4.9 points and 3.3 rebounds per game with 14 assists, seven blocked shots and five steals ... Shot .437 (31-71) from the field and .634 (26-41) from the foul line.

2008-09 Postseason: Played in six games between the BIG EAST and NCAA Tournaments ... Contributed eight points, 14 rebounds, one assist and one block while making .300 (2-of-6) from the field and .667 (4-of-6) from the foul line.

2008-09 Highlights: Scored in double figures in five of the first eight games of the season ... Contributed a season-high 14 points to go along with eight rebounds against Louisville on January 10 to begin a stretch of three straight games scoring in double figures ... Averaged 13.0 points and 8.3 rebounds per game during the three-game stretch ... Had a career-high 12 rebounds against Navy on December 22.

2007-08: Emerged as a key player for the Wildcats and earned 19 starts while playing all 35 games ... Ranked fourth on the team in scoring and contributed 6.9 points and 4.3 rebounds per game ... Those marks improve to 8.2 points and 5.2 rebounds in his 19 starts ... Shot .470 from the field (86-183), .333 from three-point range (2-6) and .698 from the foul line (67-96) ... Scored in double figures 12 times and posted one double-double.

Postseason: Had two points and two rebounds against Kansas in the Sweet 16 ... Had four points, five rebounds and two assists in win over Siena ... Played a key role in the first round win over Clemson, going for 12 points and matching a team-high with six rebounds in 26 minutes ... Averaged 8.0 points and 4.5 rebounds per contest in two BIG EAST Tournament games, including 12 points and five rebounds on 5-of-8 shooting in quarterfinal loss to Georgetown.

Regular Season: Started 14 of 30 games and averaged 6.9 points and 4.2 rebounds ... Made his first career start against LSU and then started 13 of the final 16 regular season games ... Scored 12 points and had eight rebounds against Penn ... Two games later broke out against Temple and scored 17 points in just 16 minutes ... Made 7-of-8 from the field, one three-pointer, and 2-of-2 free throws in the game ... Matched the season-high scoring total of 17 points in games against DePaul and Notre Dame ... Villanova was 7-3 when he scored in double figures ... Pulled down a career-high 10 rebounds at Pittsburgh.

Big East Regular Season: Played in all 18 games with 13 starts and averaged 8.2 points and 5.3 rebounds per game ... Improved his free throw shooting to a 76.5 percent clip (39-51) after entering conference play shooting 60.6 percent at the line (20-33) ... Made 13 consecutive free throws in a stretch of eight games at one point during the season ... Posted his only career double-double at Pittsburgh with 10 points and 10 rebounds ... Helped key a win over DePaul on January 16 with 17 points and nine rebounds in 32 minutes ... Made 5-of-10 field goals and 7-of-8 free throws in the contest ... That came in the midst of a seven-game stretch in which Pena averaged 10.7 points and 6.9 rebounds per game.

2006-07: Was unable to attend summer school and then suffered a minor knee injury early in the season so it was decided he would redshirt ... Practiced daily with the team ... Underwent arthroscopic knee surgery in early December and returned to practice by Christmas.

ST. THOMAS MORE: Spent two years at the Connecticut-based prep school that has sent Gary Buchanan and Dwayne Anderson to Villanova ... Averaged 21 points and 11 rebounds per game in 2004-05 ... Played for coach Jere Quinn ... Came to St. Thomas More from Brooklyn's Lincoln High School, where he was a teammate of Sebastian Telfair.

PERSONAL: Selected Villanova from a list that included Cincinnati, Texas, Louisville, and St. John's ... Makes his home in Brooklyn, N.Y. ... Parents are Alvin Pena and Olivia Wright ... Born July 20, 1986 near Coney Island, N.Y. ... Played one season with Dwayne Anderson at St. Thomas More.

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