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'Scary' Villanova rolls again

Villanova’s Corey Fisher, left, battling Lafayette’s Les Smith for the ball in the first half, scores 16, one of six Wildcats in double figures to help them win their 41st straight at the Pavilion.

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Villanova’s Corey Fisher, left, battling Lafayette’s Les Smith for the ball in the first half, scores 16, one of six Wildcats in double figures to help them win their 41st straight at the Pavilion.

VILLANOVA, Pa. — Watching Villanova on tape gave Fran O'Hanlon an uneasy feeling. Seeing the Wildcats in person might give him nightmares.

Corey Stokes had 19 points and Corey Fisher 16 to lead No. 6 Villanova to an 86-41 victory over Lafayette on Saturday night.

Jared Mintz scored 12 for the overmatched Leopards.

"They were scary when I looked at them on film, and certainly when you see them up close," said O'Hanlon, the Lafayette coach and former Villanova star. "They're a good basketball team."

The Wildcats (4-0) won their 41st straight at the Pavilion. Their average margin of victory this season has been 28.5 points.

Villanova will get a tougher test against UCLA in the semifinals of the NIT Season Tip-Off on Wednesday night at Madison Square Garden in New York.

"They've got length and athleticism," Wildcats coach Jay Wright said about UCLA. "It should be a great game."

As expected, this was no contest from the start. It didn't help that Lafayette didn't have starting forward Darion Benbow, out with a broken finger.

Stokes hit three 3-pointers early, including consecutive 3s to cap a 10-0 run and give Villanova a 19-6 lead. The Wildcats led 31-10 before Lafayette had a 10-0 run of its own. Ryan Willen had a 3-pointer and layup during that spurt.

"My teammates did a great job of getting me open shots, and I knocked them down," Stokes said.

Fisher made a sensational reverse layup to give the Wildcats their biggest lead to that point, 49-26, early in the second half. Maurice Sutton's dunk extended the lead to 30 with more than 11 minutes left. Fisher scored on another stellar reverse minutes later to make it 70-37.

Six Wildcats scored in double digits, and the team shot 50.7 percent (34-for-67).

NO. 4 OHIO ST. 81, NC WILMINGTON 41: Deshaun Thomas had 15 points and fellow freshmen Jordan Sibert and Jared Sullinger 11 each for the host Buckeyes (3-0) in the Global Sports Invitational.

NO. 15 MIzzou 96, N. florida 58: Ricardo Ratliffe had 16 points and 10 rebounds, and the host Tigers (2-0) set an arena record by forcing 34 turnovers and finished with a 24-0 run.

NO. 16 BUTLER 88, BALL ST. 55: Matt Howard had 16 points and 10 rebounds and Shelvin Mack had 19 points and seven rebounds for the host Bulldogs (2-1), who won their seventh straight in a rivalry that has been played annually since 1950.

NO. 25 SAN DIEGO ST. 79, WIS.-GREEN BAY 70: Kawhi Leonard had 23 points, and the Aztecs shook off a sluggish start to improve to 3-0 for the first time since 2007-08 in a CBE Classic subregional game in Oxford, Ohio.

State

ECKERD 79, ASSUMPTION 75: Lance Kearse scored a career-high 17 for the Tritons (4-1) at the Jay McCormick Memorial Classic in West Palm Beach.

SAINT LEO 70, MOLLOY 69, OT: Quentin Cullop hit two free throws with five seconds left in overtime to lift the Lions (4-1) in the final day of the Molloy Lions' Classic in Rockville Centre, N.Y.

'Scary' Villanova rolls again 11/20/10 [Last modified: Saturday, November 20, 2010 10:38pm]
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