Villanova Too Much for Pennsylvania, 87-61
Dec. 1, 2007
Villanova also won its 12th consecutive game against Big Five opponents, which includes games against Saint Joseph's, Temple and La Salle. The 12 straight Big Five wins tied a record originally set by Penn from Jan. 19, 1972 to Jan. 18, 1975.
Tyler Bernardini scored 16 of his 21 points in the second half for Penn (2-6) while Justin Reilly added 12 and Harrison Gaines had 10. Brian Grandieri, Penn's leading scorer at 14.9 points per game, was held to just six on 1-of-7 shooting.
Villanova jumped out to a 33-6 lead with 11:13 remaining in the first half. The lead grew to as many as 31 when Fisher hit a 3-pointer for a 53-22 advantage with 25 seconds left in the half.
Villanova hit 17 of its first 22 shots from the field and wound up hitting 60 percent (18-of-30) compared to just 26 percent (6-of-23) for Penn. The Quakers committed 20 first-half turnovers against Villanova's swarming defensive pressure.
Bernardini hit three consecutive 3-pointers in the first three minutes of the second half, cutting the Villanova advantage to 53-31. But the Quakers never threatened after that point and got no closer than a 20-point deficit for the rest of the game.