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Bell's Career-High Pushes Villanova Past Lafayette 75-59
File: JayVaughn Pinkston scored 14 of his 22 points in the second half to help Villanova to a season-opening victory Friday night.

Nov. 08, 2013

Box Score

PHILADELPHIA (AP) - James Bell scored a career-high 24 points and JayVaughn Pinkston added 22 points as Villanova overcame a cold shooting night to defeat Lafayette 75-59 in its season opener Friday.

Seth Hinrichs scored a team-high 15 points for Lafayette, which led by as many as six in the second half. The Leopards, picked to finish second in the Patriot League, also got 13 points from Joey Ptasinski and 11 from Bryce Scott.

Villanova, which returns four starters from a team that last year went 20-14 and reached the NCAA tournament for the eighth time in the last nine seasons, shot 38.9 percent from the field and just 16.7 percent from 3-point range.

But down the stretch, the Wildcats made a few timely shots, got to the free throw line and rode the powerful inside play of Pinkston, who poured in 14 of his 22 points in the second half.