Nov. 12, 2006
WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. - Villanova (1-0 overall) established itself by scoring 14 of the game's first 16 points and rolled to a 97-60 victory over Northwood University (0-1 overall) in the regular season opener for both teams here on Saturday night. The game matched former Villanova head coach Rollie Massimino and his new university against former assistant coach and current Wildcat mentor Jay Wright.
The Wildcats made certain that there would be no shocking upset reminiscent of the 1985 NCAA title game when Massimino helped lead the `Cats past heavily favored Georgetown. Seniors Curtis Sumpter (Brooklyn, N.Y.) and Mike Nardi scored Villanova's first seven points and the Wildcats led 14-2 with barely six minutes gone in the first period after freshman Scottie Reynolds dropped in a jumper.
Villanova's fullcourt pressure forced nine Northwood turnovers in the game's first 12 minutes and the lead stretched to 30-8 at the 8:23 mark. The lead continued to expand even as Wright made liberal use of his bench and the count was 56-29 at intermission.
The `Cats sat their starters for most of the second half.
Sumpter scored 16 points and collected seven rebounds in 20 minutes to help lead Villanova. Sophomore Dwayne Anderson added 16 points and a team-high eight rebounds while Reynolds scored 13 points on 6-of-6 shooting from the field. A total of five Wildcats reached double figures in points and of the 12 players who saw action, only sophomore Frank Tchuisi did not score.
Marvin Owens and Baree Ward paced the Seahawks with 15 points each.
"This was a good experience for us," stated Wright. "Coach Mass has meant so much to our university that we were happy to be a part of his new program's first home game. We knew his team would compete and they did."