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Josh Hart & Wildcats lay the Smackdown to American Eagles

Villanova PA: We are only less than 4 days until Christmas and most teams get their non conference schedule of games finished before conference play opens up in couple of weeks as the Villanova Wildcats took on American Eagles from the Pavilion on the campus of Villanova University on Wednesday night. Villanova enters the game with a 11-0 and still ranked number 1 in the nation and off win over Temple on December 13 while American comes into encounter with wildcats with 3-7 record and off a win over Maryland Eastern Shore on December 19.

Villanova won the tip to start the game and they would score the games first points on basket by Darryl Reynolds for early 2-0 lead, American got on the board with basket by Delante Jones to tie game at 2, both teams had some sloppy play early in the game. American would take their first lead on basket & Foul by Delante Jones, missed fouls hot for 5-4 lead, then retake the lead at 7-6 on basket by Matt Cimino. The Wildcats would wake up and they would bring the fight to the Eagles as this game was very tight and close through the first half, Josh Hart would make basket as the buzzer as the Wildcats would take a 40-29 lead into halftime.

American got ball to start the 2nd half and try to keep this game close but it would not be the case as Villanova just dominated the entire 2nd half and the lead would go up to 40 points as the Wildcats would cruise to a 90-48 win over American. With the win the Wildcats go to 12-0 on the season & are on a 18 game winning streak going back from the start of 2016 NCAA Tournament win over UNC Asheville. This was Villanova 2nd 40 point win of the season, 1st one was their 1st game of this season when they defeated Lafayette 88-48 on November 11.  With the loss American falls to 3-8 on the season. Villanova next game will be on December 28 when they open conference play against DePaul, American next game is Loyola MD on December 30 in their conference opener.

Final Stats:

Villanova Wildcats:
Josh Hart: 20 points, 7 rebounds, 3 assists
Eric Paschall & Mikal Bridges each with 15 points
Jalen Brunson: 14 points, 1 rebound, 6 assists

American Eagles:
Delante Jones: 12 points, 2 rebounds
Sa’eed Nelson: 11 points, 4 rebounds, 2 assists, FOULED OUT
Jalen Rhea: 9 points

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