Nov. 9, 2007
STONY BROOK GETS ON THE BOARD
A layup by Ricky Lucas with 17:32 left in the first half provided the first Stony Brook points of the game. The Wildcats scored the first six points of the contest and then added a three-pointer from junior forward Shane Clark to open up a 9-2 advantage.
FAST START FOR Shane Clark
Shane Clark leads Villanova with five points and three rebounds in the early going. The Wildcats own a 13-4 lead six minutes into the contest and are shooting 50 percent (6-for-12) from the field. Villanova also has an early 8-2 rebounding edge over the visiting Seawolves.
STONY BROOK THREE-POINT SHOOTING
The Seawolves got a pair of three-pointers from Michael Tyree and Ricky Lucas 31 seconds apart to pull to within 16-13 and force Villanova to take a 30-second timeout with 12:36 remaining in the half. Stony Brook is shooting 3-of-5 from behind the arc for a 60 percent accuracy rate so far.
LONG DISTANCE SHOOTING
Stony Brook is staying in the game thus far thanks to 6-of-11 accuracy from the three-point arc, but the team has committed 12 fouls with 3:12 left in the first half. Four players for the Seawolves already have two fouls, including starting guard Michael Tyree, who remains in the game.
Villanova goes into halftime with a 41-29 advantage. The Wildcats closed the half on an 8-2 run, including eight straight points to stretch its lead before a Stony Brook jump shot on the second to last possession of the half accounted for the final Seawolves points of the period.
BREAKING DOWN FIRST HALF STATS
The Wildcats were 9-of-14 (64%) from the free throw line in the first half, an uncharacteristic mark for the team. Villanova led the entire nation in free throw shooting in 2006-07. Scottie Reynolds made 1-of-3 free throws in the first half. He shot 82 percent from the line as a freshman last season.
VILLANOVA BALL HANDLING
Villanova did a good job of handling the ball in the opening 20 minutes, with assists on eight out of 15 field goals and just three turnovers. Meanwhile, Stony Brook had five assists and six turnovers.
TURNOVER STORY FOR VILLANOVA
It is the first media timeout of the second half and Villanova leads 46-34. The Wildcats currently have not committed a turnover in the last 13:35 of game action, since their third turnover of the game with 9:34 remaining in the first period. Meanwhile, Stony Brook has eight turnovers in the game, including two in the first four minutes of the second half.
Shane Clark CAREER HIGH POINTS
A jumper by junior forward Shane Clark with 12:35 left in the game gave him 18 points for the game and established a new career high. Clark had scored 17 points last season against Xavier. He also gave Villanova a 55-38 lead in the game, the team's largest lead of the evening.
Shane Clark SURPASSES 20 POINTS
Just moments after establishing a career-high with his 18 points, Shane Clark hit a three-pointer to surpass 20 points for the first time in his career. It was also the fourth three-pointer he made in the game, tying a personal best that was also set last season.
So far in the game, three players have made their collegiate debut for the Wildcats. True freshman guards Corey Stokes and Malcolm Grant have each entered the game, as has redshirt freshman forward Antonio Pena.
A turnover by Dwayne Anderson with 13:26 left in the contest was only the fourth turnover of the game for Villanova, and the first committed in a span of 16:08 by the team. With 7:26 left in the contest, the Wildcats have committed just five turnovers in the game. The fewest turnovers committed in any game by the team last season was eight, which happened on several occasions.
Andrew Ott AND Jason Colenda ENTER THE GAME
With 2:35 remaining in the contest, redshirt freshman Andrew Ott entered the game. Meanwhile, walk-on guard Jason Colenda came in at the 1:47 mark. They are the fourth and fifth players to make their collegiate debut for the Wildcats in tonight's game.
POSTGAME (VILLANOVA HOME OPENERS)
With tonight's victory, the Wildcats have now won 40 consecutive home openers. Villanova is 7-0 in home openers under Jay Wright and 22-0 in its first home game since the Pavilion opened 22 years ago. The last loss in a home opener for the Wildcats came in 1967 to USC, an 82-65 loss at the Palestra.
Villanova has won its first game played on campus in each of the past 45 seasons since a loss to Princeton (68-53) at Jake Nevin Field House in 1962.
Villanova is 42-3 in its season opener since 1962, including 6-1 under Jay Wright.
POSTGAME (THREE STRAIGHT OVER STONY BROOK)
Villanova and Stony Brook have played in each of the past three seasons. The Wildcats have won all three games by an average margin of 31 points.
POSTGAME (NEXT VILLANOVA GAME)
The Wildcats are off for the next nine days before returning to The Pavilion to host Bucknell at 5:00 p.m. on Sunday, November 18.