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Villanova Wins Big in OT

On Wednesday January 2nd from the Pavilion on the campus of Villanova University, The Villanova Wildcats opened up conference play in the Big East when they played the St. John’s Red Storm. The game was broadcast nationally on ESPNU with Mike Crispino and Tim Welsh calling the game.  It was also Broadcasted on 610 WIP AM. Villanova was coming into this game with a win over NJIT on December 28th. St. John’s came into game with a loss to UNC Asheville on December 21st.

St. John’s started the game with the ball, The first points of game came from St. John’s Chris Obekpa off of a foul.  He made one of the two shots.  Villanova’s first points came from James Bell, who got a basket and a foul, making a three point play. It was very sloppy play by both Villanova and St. John’s in the 1st Half.  St. John’s Jamal Branch would pick up a technical foul for hard foul on Villanova’s Ryan Arcidiacono. Villanova went into the locker room with a 43-40 lead at the half.

Villanova started the second half with the ball, and with a quick basket from Maurice Sutton, Nova went up 45-40.  Through out the entire second half, St. John’s Jamal Branch was getting booed by the Nova crowd for the earlier technical foul he gave to Ryan Arcidiacono. There were some very questionable calls by the officials early in second half for both Villanova & ST. John’s. Late in the second half, Villanova’s Darrun Hilliard was fouled from three point range.  He would end up making all three to tie the game at 81 with 1:24 left. St. John’s would tie the game at 83 with four seconds left to force overtime.

Villanova started overtime with the ball and the first points of overtime go Villanova’s way with Darrun Hilliard scoring two from the foul Line, and Nova was up 85-83. Villanova really took the game over in overtime to hold on for a 98-86 win over St. John’s to open Big East play. St. John’s D’Angelo Harrison finished with 36 points, while Villanova’s Ryan Arcidiacono finished with 32 points.

Post game:
St. John’s Head Coach Steve Lavin: ” We did not Finish & Villanova were able to Finish”
Jay Wright ” This team has Guts, we don’t go away”

Jay Wright Post Game Press Conference:

Questions I Asked to Jay Wright: