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Wildcats Top Seawolves In Opener

Nov. 9, 2007

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VILLANOVA, Pa. (AP) - Shane Clark scored a career-high 25 points as Villanova outmuscled Stony Brook in an 86-64 victory Friday that marked the season opener for both teams.

Villanova outrebounded Stony Brook 35-19 and outscored the Seawolves 40-12 in the paint as the Wildcats won their home opener for the 40th consecutive season.

Clark, who was questionable coming into the game with a sprained right thumb, did his damage from the inside and the outside, hitting four of his five shots from beyond the 3-point arc and also leading Villanova with seven rebounds.

Fellow forward Dante Cunningham scored 14 points and grabbed six rebounds for Villanova, which broke open a tight game early and led by double digits for the entire second half.

Freshman Malcolm Grant scored 16 points in his college debut and hit four 3-pointers while Scottie Reynold, last year?s Big East Rookie of the Year, scored 13 and dished out six assists.

Michael Tyree led Stony Brook with 18 points and Ricky Lucas and Mitchell Beauford each had 13.

Stony Brook stayed close early and hit four 3-pointers in a 12-3 run midway through the first half to tie the game at 16. But the Wildcats, outscored Stony Brook 24-4 in the paint in the first half and held a 20-9 rebounding edge in the first 20 minutes, soon pulled away for good.

Clark scored 13 points and hit a pair of 3-pointers in the first half and Cunningham added 10 points. Tyree hit three 3-pointers and led Stony Brook with 13 first-half points.