Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

College Sports

November 11, 2012

Villanova hands MU first hoops loss

VILLANOVA, Pa. — Villanova freshman Ryan Arcidiacono scored 20 of his game-high 25 points in the first half to lead the Wildcats to an 80-68 victory over Marshall in the second round of the 2K Sports Classic on Sunday.

James Bell added 19 points and Darrun Hilliard contributed 15 for Villanova (2-0) playing in front of 6,500 at The Pavilion. Arcidiacono also had six assists.

D.D. Scarver led four Thundering Herd players in double figures with 22 points. The junior shot 5 for 7 from three-point range.

Marshall (1-1) got as close as two points twice in the second half, the last coming with exactly four minutes remaining when Chris Martin nailed a 3-pointer to make it 70-68. But Bell hit a 3-pointer, Hilliard drained two free throws, and Arcidiacono hit one on a 6-0 Wildcats run that gave Villanova the cushion it needed, 76-68 with 55 seconds left. The Herd didn’t score in the last four minutes.

Marshall’s Dennis Tinnon joined Scarver and Martin in double-figures with 15 points to go with nine rebounds. Elijah Pittman finished with 12 pointsfor Marshall.

Arcidiacono was stellar in the first half when he made 5 of 8 shots from the field, including 4 of 7 from 3-point range. He also added four assists, including a nifty left-handed pass to Hilliard on a 2-on-1 break that ended with a Hilliard dunk.

Arcidiacono ended 6-for-11 from the field, including 4-for-9 from beyond the arc.

Marshall committed 26 fouls which allowed Villanova to get to the free throw line 37 times. The Wildcats made 25 of them for 67.6 percent. Villanova was whistled for 13 fouls and the Herd went 8-for-15 at the free throw line.

The Wildcats will play Purdue at Madison Square Garden in the semifinals on Thursday.

Marshall will continue in the 2K Sports Classic with games on Friday, Saturday and Sunday in Hempstead, N.Y. Friday’s game with the University of District of Columbia will begin at 4:30 p.m.

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MARSHALL (1-1)—Tinnon 4-7 6-9 15, Goff 1-2 0-0 2, Spikes 0-1 0-0 0, Scarver 8-14 1-2 22, Kane 2-10 0-2 4, Martin 5-11 0-0 13, Hanner 0-0 0-0 0, Pittman 4-7 1-2 12, Manning 0-0 0-0 0, Mbao 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 24-53 8-15 68.

VILLANOVA (2-0)—Pinkston 0-3 6-14 6, Yarou 2-2 0-1 4, Hilliard 5-8 3-4 15, Arcidiacono 6-11 9-10 25, Bell 7-12 2-2 19, Chennault 2-5 0-0 4, Brzoja 0-0 0-0 0, Ochefu 0-1 1-2 1, Yacoubou 0-3 0-0 0, Sutton 1-1 4-4 6. Totals 23-46 25-37 80.

Halftime—Villanova 43-35. 3-Point Goals—Marshall 12-27 (Scarver 5-7, Pittman 3-5, Martin 3-8, Tinnon 1-2, Kane 0-5), Villanova 9-22 (Arcidiacono 4-9, Bell 3-5, Hilliard 2-3, Chennault 0-1, Yacoubou 0-2, Pinkston 0-2). Fouled Out—None. Rebounds—Marshall 23 (Tinnon 9), Villanova 37 (Pinkston 7). Assists—Marshall 16 (Kane 7), Villanova 14 (Arcidiacono 6). Total Fouls—Marshall 26, Villanova 13. A—6,500.

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