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Villanova Cruises Past Monmouth, 70-50

Dec. 7, 2004

Box Score

VILLANOVA, Pa. (AP) - Curtis Sumpter and Allan Ray each scored 14 points to lead Villanova to a 70-50 victory over Monmouth on Tuesday night.

Randy Foye contributed 12 for Villanova (2-1), which rebounded from a one-point loss to Temple on Saturday in the Big Five Classic. Mike Nardi added 10 points for the Wildcats, who shot 54 percent from the field and outrebounded the Hawks 36-22.

The Wildcats have won all four meetings in the series against Monmouth, which made its first visit to Villanova in almost 19 years.

Villanova blocked eight shots, including three by Will Sheridan, to bring its season total to 27 in just three games. Tyler Azzarelli scored 10 points to lead Monmouth (1-5), which fell to 0-24 all-time against Big East teams.

The Hawks shot just 31 percent from the field and lost their third straight game. Foye scored six points including a 3-pointer and Sumpter also connected from beyond the arc to begin the second half as Villanova scored nine unanswered points to stretch a seven-point halftime lead to 38-22.

The Wildcats' lead grew to 56-36 after a jumper by Foye just before the shot clock expired with 8:33 left. Villanova cruised the rest of the way.