So last nights Eagles game was one of the most exciting finishes we've seen in a while right? Let's see what Bill Conlin made of it. His lede:
The long snapper snapped. The long snappee plucked the football out of
the rain with hands sure enough to catch a baby dropped from the roof
of a burning building. Then he spun it with one deft motion as he was
placing the point on the wet ground. The laces were correctly facing
the goal posts 38 yards away.
With the snap, the catch, the spot and turn accomplished successfully,
all that remained was for the kicker to drive it through the uprights
Ugh. I'm all for painting a picture and all, but I'm snoozing already here, Bill.
Andy Reid has not missed many tricks during the Eagles’ epic
renaissance and he didn’t miss this one. He re-signed the best holder
the Eagles ever have had — at least since the shape of the football was
changed from ovoid to oblong.
Perhaps I'm pointing out my own ignorance here, but how many of you actually knew what 'ovoid' meant? And how many of you actually knew there was a time when a football was egg shaped? Well, as they say, you learn something new everyday. Thanks Bill. I guess?
If Andy Reid keeps a “Things to Do” list, signing Jon Dorenbos, the
long snapper, and re-signing Koy Detmer, the snappee, were two of the
snappiest things he did during this season of unexpected snapbacks.
Oh SNAP! I don't know what the whole point of this post was. I think I just wanted to point out that Bill Conlin makes me want to punch myself in the face.
>>Presto! Bringing back Koy was a neat trick [Inquirer] (You know, because Dorenbos is a MAGICIAN! Come on, Koy Under Pressure was so much better.)
Seniors Josh Hart and Kris Jenkins combined for 44 points, 10 rebounds and eight assists and No. 1 Villanova held off Providence, 78-68, in a Big East game at the Wells Fargo Center Saturday afternoon.
Villanova extended a four-point halftime lead to as much as 20 points before hot-shooting Providence closed to within nine with five minutes left. Villanova then went on a 13-3 run to put the game out of reach.
Hart had 25 points, five rebounds and four assists for the Wildcats, and Jenkins added 19 points, four boards and four assists. Both shot over 50 percent.
Sophomore Mikal Bridges scored 15 points, matching his Big East career high, and also had three rebounds and three assists, and Jalen Brunson contributed 13 points to go with three rebounds and four assists.
Providence stayed in the game by shooting 13 for 26 from three against the No. 3 three-point shooting defense in Division 1.
What it means
Villanova improved to 19-1 overall and 7-1 and in first place in the Big East. The Wildcats have won five in a row since losing at Butler on Jan. 4.
Providence fell to 13-8 and 3-5 in the conference and 1-6 on the road. The Friars have lost six of eight since an 11-2 start.
Villanova is now 47-34 all-time at the Wells Fargo Center but 14-2 in its last 16 games at the South Philly arena.
Stat of the day
Providence shot better from three (50 percent) than two (44 percent). The Friars made 13 threes and just nine two-pointers.
Providence trailed by just four at halftime at 35-31, but Bridges opened the second half with a steal and fast-break reverse layup and a jumper from the top of the key to start an 8-0 run that gave Villanova a 12-point lead. The Friars never got any close than eight points the rest of the game.
By the numbers
• Providence’s 50 percent shooting from three is the highest against ‘Nova since North Carolina shot 65 percent in the national championship game on April 4 in Houston.
• Villanova’s bench scored just two points.
• Providence’s 13 threes are the most by a Big East team against Villanova since Doug McDermott and Creighton had 21 in a 28-point win three years ago this week.
• Rodney Bullock led Providence with 17 points (3 for 5 from three), Jalen Lindsey added 14 (4 for 7 from three) and Isaiah Jackson came off the bench to score 12 (3 for 3 from three).
• Darryl Reynolds' last two double-digit rebound games have both been against Providence.
Villanova travels to Milwaukee for a Tuesday night game against Marquette. The Golden Eagles are 12-6 overall and 3-3 in the Big East with a game later Saturday at Creighton.
Villanova has won nine straight games against Marquette, since the Golden Eagles — then ranked No. 17 — came back from 18 points down to win 82-78 at the Wells Fargo Center in January 2012.