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Wildcats Win Third Straight; Defeat Providence, 82-73

Jan. 23, 2007

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PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) - Mike Nardi had a game-high 19 points and Scottie Reynolds added 18 to lead Villanova to an 82-73 win over Providence on Tuesday night.

It was the third straight victory for the visiting Wildcats (14-5, 3-3).

Sharaud Curry and Dwain Williams had 18 each for the Friars (13-6, 3-3), who had their 12-game home winning streak snapped.

Reynolds put Villanova ahead, 55-42, on a 3-pointer five minutes into the second half.

Curry, who scored 11 of his points after intermission, fueled a late Friar comeback. Geoff McDermott stole the ball and dunked it with 1:28 left to bring Providence within four, 76-72.

McDermott couldn't convert on an attempted alley-oop play and moments later Dante Cunningham dunked on a breakaway and scored two more points on free throws for Villanova.

Herbert Hill, the Friars' leading scorer, was held to 12 points on 4-of-5 shooting.

Nardi, who scored 16 of his points by halftime, made 4-of-5 3-pointers, including one with four seconds left in the first half, to put Villanova ahead 41-37 at the break.