Villanova/Connecticut

 

 

Feb. 28, 2004

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 The first half featured six ties and four lead changes, with the largest lead of the half a six-point advantage for the Huskies

 Both teams shot 13-of-30 from the field and 3-for-7 from 3-point range during the game's first 20 minutes - the only difference in shooting was that Villanova was 7-for-8 from the free throw line and UConn was 7-for-9

 For the game, Nova held a 40-27 advantage in rebounds, the largest deficit for the Huskies this season, who lead the nation in rebounding margin at +10.5 per game. It is also their lowest rebounding total of 2003-04

Allan Ray scored 11 points in the first half and 20 for the afternoon, his 23rd double digit scoring game, tops for Villanova

 Ben Gordon led the Huskies with 21 points, including 5-of-9 from beyond the 3-point arc

 Emeka Okafor was in double digits for UConn for the 17th consecutive game

 Villanova opened up the game's largest lead at 57-49 after a pair of Jason Fraser free throws with 7:15 to go

 Connecticut closed to 62-61 on a 3-pointer by Ben Gordon with 1:43 left

 After Randy Foye's put back, a Josh Boone lay-up made the score 64-63 with 56.0 seconds left

Allan Ray scored on Villanova's next possession on a short jumper as the shot clock expired

 Rashad Anderson then tied the game with a 3-pointer with 7.0 seconds remaining

 Villanova failed to score on two tries at the end of regulation

 It is the second overtime game for the Wildcats this season, the first a 53-51 win over Santa Clara on Nov. 25


 

 

 The five minute overtime period saw seven lead changes

Curtis Sumpter's lay-up gave Nova a 74-73 lead with 14.7 seconds remaining, leading to a UConn timeout

 Josh Boone scored on a put back with 5.5 seconds left for the 75-74 win

 Villanova fell to 0-8 in the Big East when shooting below 50 percent from the field

 The 'Cats finished the season 0-3 at the Wachovia Center

 Nova fell to 0-5 on the season against ranked opponents

Mike Nardi moved into a tie for second place all-time among Villanova freshmen for assists in a season. With one assist against Connecticut, Nardi now has 112 on the year, which trails Kenny Wilson's record of 145

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