Nov. 7, 2006
VILLANOVA, Pa.-- In its only official preseason matchup, Villanova shot 56 percent in the second half and overpowered Holy Family 82-44 in an exhibition game on Tuesday evening at the Pavilion. Senior forward Curtis Sumpter (Brooklyn, N.Y.) scored 20 points and nine rebounds and the Wildcats opened the second half with a 27-3 in the first 10 minutes to pull away from the Tigers.
"We just came into this game and said we want to learn how to be a team," Villanova head coach Jay Wright said. "We want to learn how to go through the ups and downs of a game. It was a great game for us. They did a great job early on of handling our pressure."
Both teams were cold offensively coming out of the gates and Villanova led 10-8 with eight minutes gone by. A three-pointer by sophomore Dwayne Anderson (Washington, D.C.), however, ignited a 7-0 run in less than a minute that stretched the lead to nine points. Anderson made 4-of-5 three-pointers for the evening and finished with 14 points in just 12 minutes.
The Wildcats led 39-29 at halftime before turning up the defensive pressure at the beginning of the second half. Holy Family missed 19 of its first 21 shots after halftime and Sumpter scored 12 of his points in the first six minutes of the period. The Tigers were limited to 23 percent shooting for the evening after going 4-for-32 (13%) in the second half.
Joining Sumpter and Anderson in double figures was senior forward Will Sheridan (Bear, Del.) with 10 points and seven rebounds. All 13 players who saw time scored on the evening. Senior Mike Nardi (Linden, N.J.) added nine points on three 3-pointers and the Wildcats connected 11 times from beyond the arc.
After missing nine of its first 10 shots to start the game, Villanova wound up hitting on 29-of-62 overall to finish at 47 percent from the field. That included 15-of-27 accuracy (56%) in the second half. The Wildcats also were 13-of-16 from the charity stripe, owned a 50-33 rebounding advantage and accumulated 11 steals and six blocked shots.
Ryan Lancaster had 13 points to lead Holy Family while Edward Greene-Long and Raheem Scott each had seven rebounds.
Villanova opens the season on the road on Saturday against Northwood University (Fla.) at 7 p.m.