‘Cats get their revenge



Frank Sciccitano

Three different Wildcats recorded double-doubles as No. 3 Villanova scored a 72-60 road victory over No. 11 Providence on Saturday afternoon.

Junior forward Darryl Reynolds showed that he was more than capable of filling the void left by Daniel Ochefu, who missed his third consecutive game with a concussion.

Reynolds recorded his first career double-double by scoring a team- and career-high 19 points on 9-of-10 shooting along with 10 rebounds.

Junior guard Josh Hart and junior forward Kris Jenkins were the other two Wildcats to join Reynolds with double-doubles.

Hart grabbed a game-high 13 rebounds to go along with his 14 points. Seven of his rebounds were on the offensive end of the floor, leading to plenty of extra scoring opportunities for Villanova.

Jenkins’ double-double was his second in three games and his seventh straight double-digit scoring performance. He finished with an even 10 points and 10 rebounds.

Villanova raced out to a quick 10-0 lead in the game’s opening minutes and led by as many as 19 points in the first half.

The ’Cats sustained a comfortable lead for the majority of the second half until Providence connected on four straight 3-point attempts to cut the score to 58-53 with 5:17 remaining.

The five-point margin was as close as the Friars would come to overcoming their deficit as Jenkins and senior guard Ryan Arcidiacono each connected on clutch 3-point shots down the stretch to help seal the victory for Villanova.

Providence sophomore forward Ben Bentil, who had 31 points and 13 rebounds in the teams’ first meeting this season, did not start the game due to an ankle injury that he suffered last week in the team’s loss at DePaul. Despite not being 100 percent, he entered the game early and finished with 20 points in 34 minutes on the floor.

For the second game in a row, superstar point guard Kris Dunn finished with a field goal shooting percentage below 30 percent. He was just 4-of-15 from the field and finished with 11 points for the Friars.

The Wildcats used a variety of defenders to keep Dunn away from the rim and force him into taking tough shots. Altogether, Villanova held the Friars to 33.3 percent field goal shooting.

’Nova shot 45.2 percent as a team and dominated Providence on the boards by outrebounding the Friars 46-29.

By containing Dunn and Bentil, the Wildcats were able to get revenge for last month’s defeat at the hands of Providence and improve their record to 20-3 with a 10-1 mark in the Big East. The Friars fell to 18-6 overall with a 6-5 conference record following their second consecutive loss.

Villanova will travel to Chicago to face DePaul on Tuesday with tipoff scheduled for 8:30 p.m.