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02 September 2007

Stokes shines as 'Cats cruise past Queen's

posted by Pete @ LetsGoNova.com
9/02/2007 04:21:00 PM
Villanova was never threatened today in its second exhibition game in Canada, and the Wildcats posted an easy 73-43 win against Queen's University today at Carleton's "Ravens' Nest" gymnasium.

Villanova jumped out to a 23-2 lead and never looked back. The 'Cats took a 44-16 lead into the locker room at halftime.

The game was the first of a crosstown doubleheader today. Villanova will take on the University of Ottawa on its campus tonight at 7 p.m.

Villanova's official site posts a lengthy game recap. No box score is yet available.

The freshman guard Corey Stokes led the Wildcats with 17 points in 38 minutes. Stokes also had 7 rebounds.

Today's game featured an unusual starting lineup of Stokes, freshman Malcolm Grant, sophomore Dwayne Anderson, and redshirt freshmen Antonio Pena and Andrew Ott.

After the game, Jay Wright said his goal was to get a look at his younger, inexperienced players:

We decided coming in that we wanted to get a great look at our young guys. With two games in one day, we looked at this as an opportunity to test our younger players. I thought they responded well, especially on defense.

Scottie Reynolds, Reggie Redding, Shane Clark, and Dante Cunningham did not see any action against Queen's University. All are expected to play significant minutes tonight against Ottawa, according to the recap on Villanova.com.

Stokes was not the only Wildcat to impress. Sophomore center Casiem Drummon posted a double-double with 10 points and 12 rebounds. Redshirt freshman Andrew Ott looked sharp with 7 points and 9 rebounds.

Freshman guard Malcolm Grant contributed 14 points and a team-high 4 assists, and swingman Dwayne Anderson had 10 points and 10 rebounds.

Antonio Pena, the other redshirt freshman big man, put in 10 points and grabbed 7 rebounds in a strong performance.

After the game, Jay Wright called his team unselfish and said he is excited about the Villanova's prospects for the year.

The Wildcats next face the University of Ottawa tonight at 7 p.m.

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At 9:58 PM, September 02, 2007, Anonymous Gregg said...

That's awesome! It shows that everybody on the team is capable of contributing in a major way.

At 10:56 PM, September 02, 2007, Blogger Pete said...

Yes, we are very talented and very deep this year.

You have got to love our backcourt, and we have a lot of young talent up front.

The future looks bright on the Main Line.

At 10:57 AM, September 05, 2007, Anonymous Michael said...


At 6:15 AM, September 06, 2007, Blogger Pete said...

haha, michael who?


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