VILLANOVA, Pa. (AP) — Jeremiah Robinson-Earl scored 25 factors with a damaged nostril, Caleb Daniels had 19 factors and No. 7 Villanova beat Saint Joseph’s 88-68 in a hastily-scheduled recreation Saturday night time.
Robinson-Earl performed with a protecting masks after breaking his nostril in Wednesday’s win towards Butler. The 6-foot-9 ahead examined the NBA waters earlier than deciding to return for a sophomore season at Villanova. He helped the Wildcats (7-1) flip this one right into a rout within the second half with 8-of-14 taking pictures general, and he made seven of Villanova’s 11 free throws, added seven rebounds and by no means appeared bothered by his damage.
The winless Hawks (0-4) made it a recreation for some time and trailed by eight at halftime, the most recent to power considerably of a aggressive rating towards Villanova till the Wildcats pulled away. Georgetown led by 18 towards Villanova final Friday and misplaced by 13, and this one received out of hand in a rush.
Villanova received a 3-pointer from Robinson-Earl and Justin Moore’s fastbreak dunk off a turnover made it 58-43. Daniels, becoming proper in after transferring from Tulsa, buried a 3 for a 25-point lead, and there was no slowing down the Wildcats.
The mismatch was a late addition for each groups after Villanova’s scheduled recreation towards Virginia at Madison Sq. Backyard was scratched this week. The Wildcats vs. Cavaliers was one of many extra anticipated video games on the faculty basketball schedule: Villanova, the 2016 and 2018 nationwide champions towards the 2019 champs Virginia. However Virginia paused exercise due to COVID-19 points inside its program and the sport won’t be rescheduled.
Saint Joseph’s-Villanova is often the must-watch recreation on the Philadelphia hoops scene, even because the Wildcats have turn out to be the category of town and lead the collection 52-25. The scheduled matchup was delayed 20 days as a result of Saint Joseph’s had its personal COVD-19 points.
The Hawk mascot that usually flaps its wings had the night time off, and solely piped-in crowd noise gave the empty Pavilion any type of environment.
The Hawks seemed worn down, and star guard Ryan Daly, who averaged 20.7 factors, was held to only 11 and didn’t hit a 3-pointer in his stiffest take a look at of the season. Taylor Funk and Jordan Corridor every scored 17 factors for the Hawks.
Moore scored 18 factors and Jermaine Samuels had 12 factors and eight rebounds.
Saint Joseph’s performs No. 10 Tennessee on Monday to finish its first set of back-to-back video games towards top-10 groups since 2006 when it misplaced to No. 4 Villanova and No. 8 George Washington. Saint Joseph’s final win at Villanova got here on Feb 2, 2004 and the Hawks at the moment are 2-14 in video games performed at Villanova.
The Wildcats preserve rolling and gave coach Jay Wright his 601st profession victory. The Wildcats at the moment are 311-63 lifetime within the Pavilion.
Saint Joseph’s continues its rugged schedule Monday with a recreation at No. 10 Tennessee.
Villanova performs Wednesday at Marquette. The Wildcats’ scheduled Dec. 30 recreation towards St. John’s was scratched as a result of Wright stated “gamers wanted a break.”