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Wildcats Downed NYIT 91-58 in Exhibition Contest

Nov. 9, 2011

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PHILADELPHIA, Pa. - The Villanova Wildcats jumped out to an early 13-3 lead and never looked back en route to posting a 91-58 victory over the New York Institute of Technology in an exhibition game night Tuesday night at the Wells Fargo Center.

Junior guard Maalik Wayns paced the Wildcats with 21 points and seven assists in 27 minutes of action. The native of Philadelphia scored 18 of those points in the first half when Villanova built a 46-28 advantage.

"I thought this was good for us," stated Villanova head coach Jay Wright. "We were able to give our younger guys extended minutes, which we need to do. That's the only way they can learn. I thought our more experienced group did a good to start the game."

Villanova started Wayns and classmates Dominic Cheek and Mouphtaou Yarou alongside sophomore James Bell and freshman Darrun Hilliard.

Cheek contributed a team-high 13 rebounds to go with eight points while Bell added 17 points and eight rebounds in 25 minutes of activity. Freshman Achraf Yacoubou chipped in with 11 points, including 3-of-5 from beyond the 3-point arc.

Villanova owned a 60-33 edge over NYIT on the boards and dished out 20 assists on the evening. It connected on .453 of its field goal attempts and limited NYIT to .339 shooting from the floor.

The Wildcats open the regular season on Friday at the Pavilion against Monmouth (7:00 p.m./Nova Nation All-Access at