Nov. 7, 1997
Wildcats Win in Exhibition Basketball Action
VILLANOVA, Pa. - In exhibition men's basketball action on Friday, Nov. 7, 1997 at the Pavilion, the Villanova Wildcats defeated Around the World Stars by an 85-53 margin.
Five Wildcats posted double figures on the night, led by sophomore power forward Malik Allen with 13. John Celestand added 12, while Howard Brown had 11 and Zeffy Penn and Rafal Bigus both contributed 10 points. Bigus also posted a game-high 10 rebounds in the game.
The game stayed close through the first quarter, but the Wildcats opened it up with a 17-6 run at the 8:16 mark of the second period. The score was 41-27 at the intermission, and the Wildcats led by as many 33 points in the contest.
Villanova limited Around the World Stars to 29.6 percent shooting, while converting 41.4 percent from the field. The Wildcats won the battle of the boards, 45-36, and caused 22 turnovers in the game.
Villanova utilized the NCAA's experimental four 10-minute quarters, which will be used at several preseason tournaments. The Villanova-Minnesota game, the second contest of The BCA Classic's doubleheader, will be one of the experiments. The Wildcats' season opener with the Golden Gophers is Friday, Nov. 14, 1997, at the Target Center in Minneapolis, Minn.