The outstanding shooting of the Villanova Wildcats guards, Corey Fisher and Maalik Wayns, was too much for Bob Huggins and his number 25 West Virginia Mountaineers, as the number 12 team in the country won comfortably 66 to 50..
The visitors from West Virginia stayed in the game for the most of the first half, but they didn’t have an offensive answer for the gunslingers from the Main Line, when they took over in the second half. Jay Wright has to be pleased with his Nova (19-4, 7-3 Big East) squad while Huggins has to be disappointed with the way his Mountaineers (15-7, 6-4) faded in the second half.
It was a five-point game in the second half with the Wildcats leading 45-40, but they went on a 19-3 run and the game was over. Nova has the ability to explode because of its talented guards.
Fisher seemed to always be there when Jay Wright and his crew needed him. He was a blistering 6 of 9 from the field and 2 of 4 from three-point range.
Wayns was either dropping threes over the Mountaineer defense or breaking down his man and taking him to the hole for three point plays. He also contributed four assists to go with his 6-10 shooting from the field and 2 of 3 shooting outside the three-point line.
The guards got some help from their front line today with power forward Antonio Pena contributing 10 points and 6 rebounds and center Mouphtaou Yarou chipped in with 11 points and 6 rebounds.
West Virginia got big games from two players but nothing from the rest of the roster. John Flowers scored 15 points and made 3 of 6 from long distance. Kevin Jones worked hard down low to score 16 and grab 6 rebounds.