Feb. 6, 2014
VILLANOVA, Pa. - With today's restoration of electrical power to the Villanova University campus, Friday night's home BIG EAST men's basketball game against Seton Hall will be played as scheduled at 7:00 p.m. at the Pavilion.
The Wildcats (20-2 overall, 8-1 BIG EAST) will meet the Pirates for the second time this season. The two teams met on Jan. 8 at the Prudential Center in Newark, N.J. with Villanova posting an 83-67 victory as junior forward JayVaughn Pinkston recorded his 1,000th career point in the second half.
Due to the storms this week, there will be no shuttle service available from the Radnor Financial lot.
Like the rest of the Villanova community, the Wildcats were thrown into flux by the winter storm that impacted the region and caused a power outage on campus on Wednesday morning.
"I think they like it," stated Villanova head coach Jay Wright of the reaction of his players to the changes necessitated by the storm damage. "They don't have classes. I thought yesterday's practice (at Haverford College) was just really cool. We get everybody over there, then the lights go out after we started. It was getting dark but we kept practicing. Our managers were opening up windows to let light in.
"For this time of the season, it was good for us. "
The Wildcats begin the second half of their 18-game BIG EAST slate on Friday night. They used a 45-35 burst over the final 20 minutes to pull away from the Pirates in the first matchup in January. However, Seton Hall had two veteran starters, Fuquan Edwin (14.3 ppg) and Eugene Teague (10.4 ppg, 8.1 rpg), dealing with injuries in that clash. Both have since returned to the lineup.
"Not a pretty game but give Seton Hall credit for that," Wright said after the game last month. "They were down men and came out and scrapped and gave us a lot of trouble. Sometimes you just have to battle and find a way to win and that's what we did."
The Pirates and Wildcats both defeated Xavier in their most recent action. Seton Hall picked up a 68-60 last Saturday at the Cintas Center. Edwin scored 18 points to lead the Pirates, who have already earned BIG EAST road wins at Providence, Georgetown and Xavier.
For the Wildcats, who were able to practice in the Pavilion today, the storm presented challenges just as it did for many other residents of the Delaware Valley.
"It's back to basics," noted Wright. "We haven't had power so we haven't been able to sit in film. But I think it's been productive and it's been all basketball. We got to spend some time together as a team."
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