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Villanova 73, Virginia 63



March 20, 2004

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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

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