In the 64th all-time meeting between Villanova and La Salle, ‘Nova came out on top in a 76-47 drubbing at the Pavilion. Nova didn’t miss a beat after losing their first game of the season at the hands of 7th ranked Oklahoma this past Monday.
The Big 5 matchup started off fast with both teams trading baskets early on but the Explorers’ early turnovers and lackluster shooting from the field would allow Nova to take a 15 point lead into halftime.
The Wildcats would run La Salle out of the building with their great three point shooting percentage (13-28/46.4%), led in part by Josh Hart and Jalen Brunson, who both finished the game with 3 three pointers. ‘Nova’s unselfish play and constant ball movement also let them record 24 assists.
Hart led all scorers with 18 points, in addition to 6 rebounds, 2 assists, and 1 steal, while Ryan Arcidiacono posted 14 points and 7 assists for the Wildcats. Jordan Price led La Salle in scoring with 16 points and Johnnie Shuler filled the stat sheet with 11 points, 5 rebounds, 2 assists and 3 steals.
Next up for Nova is 10th ranked Virginia, while La Salle will take on 17th ranked Miami.
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