Thursday, August 11, 2011

Europe 2011-02 -- Villanova Drops Second Game to Senegal, 79-65

Be Careful What You Wish For
On the short end of a 69-64 score versus a more mature and physical national team, many in the 'Nova Nation savored the possibilities of a rematch with the Senegal National Team on Wednesday in Cergy, France. Apparently the rematch is something the Senegalese wanted too, as Team Senegal improved on their first game result and defeated the Villanova Wildcats by an even more decisive 79-65. The teams played to a 25-22 score (advantage Senegal) in the first period, reason for hope to the Nova Nation, because the gap (three points) was closer than the first game (five points). Foul trouble may have blunted Villanova's scoring and defense in the second period as rising juniors Dominic Cheek and Mouphtaou Yarou were forced to sit as Team Senegal torched Villanova 19-11 in the second period to open an 11 point gap, 44-33, going into the intermission. Maalik Wayns paced the Wildcats with 15 points complements of a volume-shooting 6-19 effort that featured three three-point conversions. The Villanova squad did manage a bit better from beyond the arc, hitting eight three pointers. Another partial box score for Villanova...

Maalik Wayns159
Dominic Cheek7?
Mouphtaou Yarou911
Darrun Hilliard9?
Achraf Yacoubou54
Markus Kennedy?7
Isaiah Armwood57
Jayvaughn Pinkston7?

Eight points and 14 rebounds remained uncredited. Also missing is rising sophomore James Bell's line. Other tidbits...
1. Villanova outrebounded Senegal 52 to 48. 38 Villanova rebounds (see above) are accounted for, the others most likely belong to some combination of Hilliard, Bell, Pinkston and Cheek (and anyone else who logged minutes).
2. The 'Cats converted eight of their attempts from beyond the arc. Wayns and Hilliard accounted for three apiece, while Cheek and Armwood (one apiece) completed the count.
3. Coach Wright alluded to another physical, foul-filled contest..."That was as unique as an experience as you can have in this game. It was like being in a street fight in someone else's neighborhood..."
4. Down 33-44 at the half, the 'Cats conceded another three points to the Senegalese, 35-32, over the course of the second half (periods three and four), accounting for the final margin of 14 points.

The Wildcats move on to Almere, Netherlands where they will open in the Euro Jam 2011 against #26 (FIBA-ranked) Israel on Wednesday.

Further Reading
So far I have only found two sources (message boards aside)...
The official recap can be found at the Villanova website.
Joe Juliani from the Inky penned recap at
......and a post for his blog.

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