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Villanova 73, Virginia 63

March 20, 2004

Recap?|? Final Stats?|? Quotes

? Villanova advanced to today's game with an 85-70 home win over Drexel; Virginia defeated George Washington in the first round, 79-66

? Virginia was without its second leading scorer, Devin Smith, who sat out against Villanova with an injured back

? 'Nova controlled the boards in the first half, holding a 21-15 advantage

? For the game, the Wildcats owned a rebounding margin of plus-13

? Villanova's Curtis Sumpter had 10 of his 11 rebounds in the first half

? After turning the ball over four times in the first four minutes, the Wildcats committed just three turnovers the rest of the half and finished the game with 15

? After missing their first six 3-point attempts, the 'Cats made four of their last seven before the break

? The Cavaliers missed their first seven tries from beyond the arc

? Virginia shot a perfect 10-for-10 from the free throw line in the first half

? The Cavaliers' bench outscored Villanova's, 30-2

? Virginia held a 40-20 edge in points in the paint

? Villanova's three starting guards outscored Virginia's three starting guards, 58-12

? The game's first 20 minutes saw five ties and 10 lead changes; the largest lead of the half was nine for the Wildcats, and it came on a buzzer-beating 3-pointer by Allan Ray

? For Virginia, Elton Brown and Todd Billet, who combine to average 25.2 points per game, were both held scoreless in the first half

? Brown finished the game with 13 points, Billet did not score

? Villanova opened the second half on an 8-0 run to open a 17-point lead

? Jason Fraser fouled out of the game with 6:29 remaining

? The Cavaliers got as close as four points at 63-59



? Villanova made 6-of-8 free throws (all by Randy Foye) in the final minute to seal the win

? Ray scored 23 points, the 14th time this year he has hit the 20-point mark

? Foye has scored 89 total points in Villanova's five postseason games

? Will Sheridan tied a career high with four blocks

? Villanova is now 12-2 on the year when leading at halftime

? The Wildcats will face Monday night's Rutgers/West Virginia winner (being played at the RAC) on Wednesday night, March 24 at 7:00 p.m. at a site to be determined - the winner of that game advances to New York for the NIT Final Four