Sport No. 5 Villanova sets blocks mark in 113-77 rout of Nicholls

05:25  15 november  2017
05:25  15 november  2017 Source:   Associated Press

No. 5 Villanova beats Western Kentucky 66-58 in the Bahamas

  No. 5 Villanova beats Western Kentucky 66-58 in the Bahamas Fifth-ranked Villanova failed to speed up Western Kentucky's controlled tempo and struggled to make shots through the first half of its Battle 4 Atlantis debut. In the second half, the Wildcats looked far more like the high-scoring bunch that had cracked 100 points in each of their past two games.Jalen Brunson scored 18 points while Villanova finally got loose in transition after halftime, helping the Wildcats beat the Hilltoppers 66-58 in Wednesday's opening round.BOX SCORE: NO. 5 VILLANOVA 66, WESTERN KENTUCKY 58The Wildcats (4-0) found themselves in a close game until early in the second half.

Home » Games » No . 5 Villanova sets blocks mark in 113 - 77 rout of Nicholls . Villanova 's Mikal Bridges tries to block Nicholls State's Roddy Peters during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in Philadelphia, Tuesday, Nov.

Villanova 's Mikal Bridges, left, goes up for a shot against Nicholls State's Tevon Saddler during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game, Tuesday, Nov. 14, 2017, in Philadelphia. No . 5 Villanova sets blocks mark in 113 - 77 rout of Nicholls .

Villanova's Mikal Bridges tries to block Nicholls State's Roddy Peters during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in Philadelphia, Tuesday, Nov. 14, 2017. (Steven M. Falk/The Philadelphia Inquirer via AP)© The Associated Press Villanova's Mikal Bridges tries to block Nicholls State's Roddy Peters during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in Philadelphia, Tuesday, Nov. 14, 2017. (Steven M. Falk/The Philadelphia Inquirer via AP)

PHILADELPHIA — Mikal Bridges set career highs with 23 points and four blocks, and No. 5 Villanova swatted away a school-record 13 shots in a 113-77 rout of Nicholls on Tuesday night.

Donte DiVincenzo added 20 points, Jalen Brunson had 17 and the Wildcats (2-0) had six players in double figures while shooting 58 percent from the field in their second straight blowout of an inferior opponent.

Brunson, Bridges fuel No. 5 Villanova past W. Kentucky

  Brunson, Bridges fuel No. 5 Villanova past W. Kentucky Jalen Brunson and Mikal Bridges combined for 35 points on 14-of-24 shooting to lift fifth-ranked Villanova to a 66-58 win over Western Kentucky on Wednesday in a first-round game of the Battle 4 Atlantis at Paradise Island, Bahamas. The Wildcats (4-0) face Tennessee (3-0) in a semifinal game Thursday. The Volunteers upset No. 18 Purdue 78-75 in overtime in another first-round game of the event taking place at the Imperial Ballroom Arena.

PHILADELPHIA — Mikal Bridges set career highs with 23 points and four blocks , and No . 5 Villanova swatted away a school-record 13 shots in a 113 - 77 rout of Nicholls on Tuesday night. Donte DiVincenzo added 20 points, Jalen Brunson had 17 and the Wildcats (2-0)

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Mikal Bridges set career highs with 23 points and four blocks , and No . 5 Villanova swatted away a school-record 13 shots in a 113 - 77 rout of Nicholls on Tuesday night. The individual mark is 10 blocks by Harold Pressley against Providence on Jan. 11, 1986.

Zaquavian Smith scored 25 points and Roddy Peters had 17 for the Colonels (1-1), who trailed by as many as 38 points.

BOX SCORE: VILLANOVA 113, NICHOLLS 77

Villanova, which cruised past Columbia 75-60 on Friday, raced to a 22-9 lead and was never threatened. Bridges shot 4 of 7 from 3-point range and the Wildcats were 13 of 30 from behind the arc.

The Colonels, picked to finish 10th out of 13 teams in the Southland Conference, entered as a 32-point underdog and were quickly overwhelmed in the schools' first meeting.

With just over 8 minutes remaining in the first half, Nicholls had more turnovers (7) than field goals (5) as they fell behind 35-11.

The most impressive Villanova sequence came when Bridges had two blocks and Omari Spellman one on the same possession, bringing the crowd and the Wildcats bench to their feet.

Trier scores 28, No. 3 Arizona rolls past Cal St-Bakersfield

  Trier scores 28, No. 3 Arizona rolls past Cal St-Bakersfield Allonzo Trier made eight of nine shots, including all three 3-point attempts, for 28 points and No. 3 Arizona coasted to its third straight victory, 91-59 over Cal State-Bakersfield on Thursday night. Freshman Deandre Ayton added 18 points, 16 in the second half, and grabbed 10 rebounds - his third double-double to start his college career - for Arizona (3-0). Dusan Ristic scored 12 points and Parker Jackson-Cartwright 11 for the Wildcats, who led by as many as 18 in the first half and 38 in the second.Jarkel Joiner scored 14 points, Moataz Aly 12 and Shon Briggs 11 for the Roadrunners (1-2).

PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- Mikal Bridges set career highs with 23 points and four blocks , and No . 5 Villanova swatted away a school-record 13 shots in a 113 - 77 rout of Nicholls on Tuesday night. The individual mark is 10 blocks by Harold Pressley against Providence on Jan. 11, 1986.

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Mikal Bridges set career highs with 23 points and four blocks , and No . 5 Villanova swatted away a school-record 13 shots in a 113 - 77 rout of Nicholls on Tuesday night. Donte DiVincenzo added 20 points, Jalen Brunson had 17 and the Wildcats (2-0)

Spellman finished with four blocks.

BIG PICTURE

Nicholls: Hours after Jay Clune was appointed Nicholls' new president, the basketball team collected a check to bring back to Thibodaux, Louisiana. But coach Richie Riley's team looks a long way from ending a 19-year NCAA Tournament drought.

Villanova: Plenty of highlight dunks and impressive blocks in two easy wins to start the season. The Wildcats have a lot of weapons, but have yet to be tested.

REJECTED

The Wildcats' previous team record was 12 blocks, done four times and most recently against Delaware in the 2000 NIT. The individual mark is 10 blocks by Harold Pressley against Providence on Jan. 11, 1986.

DEFENSE MIA

Nicholls ranked 335th out of 351 teams last season by allowing 82.1 points a game. And while they won their opener 111-106 over Texas-Rio Grande Valley, they couldn't outshoot Villanova.

The Wildcats scored at will for much of the night, getting good looks inside and open 3s from the perimeter. The Colonels tried to push the pace, but they finished with 17 turnovers and drives to the rim often ended with a blocked shot.

Maye, No. 9 UNC hold on to beat Bucknell, 93-81

  Maye, No. 9 UNC hold on to beat Bucknell, 93-81 CHAPEL HILL, N.C. — Luke Maye scored 20 points and No. 9 North Carolina held on to give coach Roy Williams his 400th victory at the school, a 93-81 win over Bucknell on Wednesday night in the on-campus round of the PK80. Theo Pinson added a career-high 19 points for the Tar Heels (2-0), who shot 47 percent and welcomed back Final Four Most Outstanding Player Joel Berry on the same day graduate transfer Cameron Johnson was lost for 4-6 weeks following knee surgery.

And No . 5 Villanova wasn't done, not even on this possession. Omari Spellman brought the fans and bench players to their feet by swatting Tevon Saddler's follow attempt from behind, giving the Wildcats three blocks in 8 seconds and setting the tone in a record- setting 113 - 77 rout of Nicholls on

PHILADELPHIA -- Mikal Bridges set career highs with 23 points and four blocks , and No . 5 Villanova swatted away a school-record 13 shots in a 113 - 77 rout of Nicholls on Tuesday night. The individual mark is 10 blocks by Harold Pressley against Providence on Jan. 11, 1986. DEFENSE MIA.

UP NEXT

Nicholls has its home opener Friday against Division II Spring Hill (Ala.).

Villanova faces Lafayette in Allentown, Pennsylvania, on Friday before traveling to the Bahamas for three games in the Battle for Atlantis next week. The Wildcats could play No. 19 Purdue and No. 3 Arizona in the last two rounds.

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Cool hand Luke: Maye leads No. 9 UNC to victory .
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. -- It was quite an eventful night for North Carolina coach Roy Williams, who reached a milestone in a rather ideal manner. 2 Savings Accounts Pay 10x What Your Bank Pays Learn More Sponsored by MyFinance The ninth-ranked Tar Heels had a strong finishing touch, withstanding a second-half threat from Bucknell to win 93-81 on Wednesday night at the Smith Center.BOX SCORE: UNC 93, BUCKNELL 81"We had five guys in double figures, so it was a good team win," said Williams, who notched his 400th victory while in charge of the Tar Heels.

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