Thursday, January 04, 2007

Villanova Falters at #25 West Virginia, 67-56

by Craig Dimitri

West Virginia's homecourt in Morgantown is probably the toughest homecourt in the Big East, and few opponents emerge with a victory. When the Mountaineers are going well, as they are now, they're a really tough road game, and Wednesday's game was no exception. Villanova dropped a 67-56 decision in Morgantown, in its Big East opener; the Wildcats are now 10-3 overall. The 56 points represented Villanova's lowest scoring output this season.

#25 West Virginia raised its record to 2-0 Big East, 12-1 overall. Frank Young posted career-highs with 25 points and eight triples, while Joe Alexander (16 points) and Alex Ruoff (11 points) reached double-figures.

For the Wildcats, Curtis Sumpter once again led the way, with 21 points. After being contained for just five points in the opening half, VU began pounding the ball inside to him, and he ended up with 16 in the second half, prior to fouling out in the final minute of play. Mike Nardi, with a dozen points, was the only other Wildcat to reach double figures.

The Wildcats will stage their Big East opener on Saturday, January 6, against DePaul at the Pavilion.

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