Aug. 10, 2011
Final: Senegal 79, Villanova 65
Site: Cergy, France
SUMMARY: Villanova jumped out to a 13-8 lead on the strength of Maalik Wayns' eight first quarter points. But Senegal outscored the Cats 17-9 the rest of the period to build a lead it would never relinquish. Senegal led 44-33 at the half and went on to post a 79-65 victory outside of Paris. Senegal relied on a deep bench and a lineup that featured seven players standing taller than 6-7 in what was an intensely physical play with many whistles.
SCORING LEADERS: Wayns paced the Wildcats with 15 points and nine rebounds but those points came on 6-of-19 shooting from the field. Junior Mouphtaou Yarou spent much of the first half on the bench after picking up a pair of quick fouls but played well in the second half, finishing with nine points and 11 rebounds. Junior Isaiah Armwood finished with five points, including a 3-point field goal, and seven rebounds, while classmate Dominic Cheek added seven points. He too battled first half foul trouble.
NEW KIDS ON THE BLOCK: One encouraging note in the second half was the play of Villanova's newcomers. Darrun Hilliard sank three long bombs and ended the night with nine points. JayVaughn Pinkston, held scoreless in the first half, scored seven points after intermission, including five at the charity stripe. Achraf Yacoubou contributed five points and four rebounds while Markus Kennedy collected seven rebounds.
BATTLE OF THE BOARDS: Though Senegal started four players over 6-7, Villanova more than held its own inside, grabbing 52 rebounds to Senegal's 48 caroms.
FROM DEEP: The Wildcats produced eight triples on the night, including three from Wayns, three from Hilliard, one from Cheek and another from Armwood.
HEAD COACH Jay Wright: "That was as unique as an experience as you can have in this game. It was like being in a street fight in someone else's neighborhood. It presented a great challenge for us that I thought our players handled well. Having Mouph in early foul trouble certainly didn't help us. It forced us to play a lot of the young guys and we had some mistakes at key points."
"I thought on the whole, though, the young guys did a good job. Markus Kennedy stepped in and gave us some quality minutes and so did Darrun and JayVaughn. It was a great learning experience. That's a very seasoned international team that knows how it has to play to be effective. There's a lot we can learn from this."
"That team was athletic and very long and their experience was very obvious. They knew they were playing against a young team. But that kind of challenge was what we wanted from this trip and these type games can only help our development. We're looking forward to moving on to Amsterdam and having another game on Friday."