VILLANOVA, Pa. -- With four different lead changes in the first five minutes, Wednesday’s Villanova-Mount St. Mary’s game seemed to have the makings of a tenuous matchup.
Then the Wildcats dismissed any notion of that.
Villanova went on a 16-0 run in a span of nearly five minutes, turning an 8-7 deficit into a 23-8 lead. The Wildcats led by double-digits the rest of the way en route to a 90-59 win.
Big men on campus
Freshman guard Josh Hart netted the first double-double of his college career with 17 points and 11 rebounds. JayVaughn Pinkston’s 21 points led the Wildcats. He shot 9 of 15 from the field.
Julian Norfleet led the Mountaineers with 15 points on 5 for 14 shooting, while Philly native Sam Prescott scored 13 points on 3 of 12.
Inside the box score
• The Wildcats out-rebounded the Mountaineers, 42-27.
• Field-goal attempts were roughly equal, as the Wildcats took 59 shots compared to 57 for the Mountaineers. However, the ‘Cats hit 37. The Mountaineers made only 17.
• The Wildcats turned the ball over 18 times, but the Mountaineers could score only eight points off of them. The Mountaineers had 14 turnovers, which the Wildcats turned into 20 points.
Can’t hit 60
The Wildcats held the Mountaineers to 59 points, the second time they held an opponent under 60 after the season opener last Friday against Lafayette.
The Wildcats are off until Sunday, when they host the Towson Tigers at 5 p.m.
Mount St. Mary’s heads out to Utah to take on Brigham Young University Friday night.