Instant Replay: Villanova 75, Lafayette 59

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Instant Replay: Villanova 75, Lafayette 59

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VILLANOVA, Pa. -- For the first six minutes, James Bell kept pace with Lafayette on his own.

Bell scored Villanova’s first 13 points, including an electrifying one-handed throw-down off of an alley-oop from Darrun Hilliard in the Wildcats' 75-59 victory over the Leopards.

Bell would score only 11 points the rest of the game after that initial spurt on a night when Villanova had difficulty making much of anything. Villanova (1-0) finished the game shooting just 38.9 percent from the field, going 5 for 30 from three in the process.

After hanging tight with the Wildcats in the first half, the Leopards (0-1) jumped out to a six-point lead on the back of three shots from downtown midway through the second half.

The Wildcats ultimately relied on most of its major contributors -- Bell, Hilliard and JayVaughn Pinkston -- to lead a comeback in the second half.

Ryan Arcidiacono didn’t make a basket until 1:49 remaining in the contest, when he finished a tough drive despite getting fouled.

Turning point
With the contest tied at 47, the Wildcats proceeded to score 11 of the next 15 points to open up their largest lead of the game, one they would keep for good.

The run featured threes from Bell and Hilliard, while Pinkston worked hard to get to the hole.

Leaders
Bell kept the Wildcats in it early, and his three-pointer with less than 10 minutes to go broke that 47-47 tie.

Despite not shooting particularly well, Bell finished the game with 24 points, going 7 for 16 from the field.

Key stat
While the Wildcats worked their way back for the win, Villanova may not have had the opportunity to do so had Lafayette not coughed up the ball 16 times on the night. By comparison, Villanova turned the ball over only seven times.

Second half surge
Pinkston caught fire late, scoring 14 second-half points to lead Villanova back from its deficit. He finished the game with 22 points.

With the shots not falling from long range, Pinkston forced the issue inside, getting Lafayette to foul him more often than not. He sank 10 free throws in the win.

What’s next?
Villanova stays at home for a game against Mount St. Mary’s Tuesday at 7 p.m. The matchup will be the first between the teams since Nov. 27, 1998.

Andy Talley's career comes to an end as Villanova falls to South Dakota State

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Andy Talley's career comes to an end as Villanova falls to South Dakota State

BROOKINGS, S.D. - Villanova got its style of game. South Dakota State got the victory.

Freshman Chase Vinatieri kicked a 40-yard field goal with 1:21 left to lift the eighth-seeded Jackrabbits to a 10-7 victory at Dana J. Dykhouse Stadium and end the career of retiring Villanova coach Andy Talley.

South Dakota State (9-3) advanced to a quarterfinal next weekend at No. 1 seed North Dakota State (11-1). The two times shared the Missouri Valley Football Conference title, but the Jackrabbits beat NDSU 19-17 inside the Fargodome on Oct. 15.

Villanova (9-4) controlled the clock and the No. 3 defense in the FCS limited SDSU's high-powered offense to 197 yards - 284 below its season average.

But the Wildcats' bid to extend Talley's career fell short. His career ended with a 230-137-1 record in 32 seasons at Villanova and 258-155-2 in 37 overall. Included was the 2009 FCS national title.

Vinatieri's field goal capped a 37-yard drive. He is the nephew of NFL kicking great Adam Vinatieri.

The first-ever meeting between these programs was played in snow showers. South Dakota State took a 7-0 lead on Taryn Christion's 4-yard touchdown pass to tight end Dallas Goedert with 2:40 left in the first quarter.

Villanova tied the game on Alex Padovani's 6-yard touchdown reception from Zach Bednarczyk with two seconds remaining in the second quarter.

Christion completed 20 of 33 passes for 190 yards, accounting for most of the offense as the Jackrabbits had only seven rushing yards. Bednarczyk was 20 of 36 for 220 yards.

SDSU linebackers Christian Rozeboom and Jesse Bobbit, the team's leading tacklers, had 13 and 10 stops, respectively.

Temple holds off late Penn charge for fifth straight win

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Temple holds off late Penn charge for fifth straight win

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For the last decade, Temple has never lost to Penn in men’s basketball.

That streak nearly came to an end Saturday at the Liacouras Center.

After trailing by as many 17 and by 11 midway through the second half, the Quakers pulled within two before the Owls scored the final six points of the game to survive Penn's upset bid with an exciting 70-62 victory.

Shizz Alston Jr. led the way with 14 points while Obi Enechionyia and Alani Moore II had 12 point apiece for the Owls (6-2), who have now won five straight. 

Ernest Aflakpui added 11 points and 11 rebounds for Temple, which improved to 3-0 in the Big 5 with a date against soon-to-be-No. 1 Villanova looming in 10 days for the city series title. The Owls have won 10 straight against the Quakers.

Senior Matt Howard scored 19 points and freshman AJ Brodeur had 17 for the Quakers (2-4), who dropped their third straight and fell to 0-2 in the Big 5. 

Trailing 46-37 midway through the second half, Penn reeled of a 10-3 run to pull within 50-46. The Quakers got within four twice more but Enechionyia followed with a jumper and an alley-oop slam to push Temple back ahead 58-50 with five minutes left.

After Brodeur blocked an Enechionyia shot and hit a layup to slice Temple’s lead to 64-62 with 1:12 left, the Owls didn’t let the Quakers score again to continue their mastery of their city rival.

Enechionyia, who came into the contest averaging 21 points per game, missed all nine of his shot attempts in the first half but the Owls still controlled things early, jumping out to a 14-2 advantage and taking a 31-22 lead into halftime.

The Quakers shot just 29.2 percent from the field and 23.1 percent from 3-point range in the first half while committing eight turnovers. 

The game was played in front of a relatively small crowd with much of Temple’s attention focused on Annapolis, where the Owls beat Navy for the AAC football championship. 

More to come …