Villanova beat Penn today in the Pavilion, 77-57. Early on, Penn had trouble keeping up with the talent, speed, and strength of the Wildcats, as they only managed 3 points halfway through the first half. Last season, the Quakers hung with the ranked team for much of the game, but Villanova made sure to minimize their chances at victory in the first half.
What looked like a total domination flipped sides in the second half as Penn outscored Villanova 46-38 after scoring only 11 points in the first half.
Jalen Brunson led all scorers with 22 points, but it was Daniel Ochefu who set the tone early for the ‘Cats. He scored 9 points in the first three minutes of the game and the team rode his good start.
Penn was led by freshman Jackson Donahue, who scored 18 points and had 5 threes to go with 3 steals.
Villanova next hosts Xavier on Thursday, December 31st. Penn, on the other hand, plays Binghamton on January 2nd at the Palestra.
-(1) Villanova defeats (3) Michigan in the National Championship