PITTSBURGH – Villanova manager Jay Wright seemed a small disturbed on a eve of his top-seeded team’s opening NCAA contest diversion opposite No. 16 Lafayette, meaningful that a No. 1 seed had never mislaid to a No. 16.
“I consider anybody would be crazy if they told we they didn’t consider about that when we get a one seed,” Wright pronounced Wednesday.
Well, Villanova’s players went out Thursday night and quelled any confinement Wright might have had. The Wildcats placed 6 players in double total and raced out to a 21-point lead in a game’s 14 minutes, never looking behind in a 93-52 feat over a Leopards in a NCAA East Regional during Consol Energy Center.
The Wildcats (33-2), winners of 16 true games, modernized to Saturday’s third-round matchup opposite a leader of Thursday night’s second diversion between No. 8 North Carolina State and No. 9 Louisiana State.
Villanova successfully shielded Lafayette’s three-point shooting. The Leopards (20-13), who were second in a republic in three-point sharpened during 41 percent entering a game, were singular to usually 4 treys on 18 attempts.
The Wildcats gained full control of a diversion after back-to-back three-pointers by Kris Jenkins sparked a 13-0 run that gave them a 34-13 lead with 6 minutes, 4 seconds to play in a half. The lead was 23 during halftime and grew to as most as 45 points, 84-39, on Dylan Ennis’ three-point basket with 8:57 remaining.
Ennis led a Wildcats with 16 points. Daniel Ochefu combined 14 and 9 rebounds and Ryan Arcidiacono 13 points and 6 assists. Darrun Hilliard and JayVaughn Pinkston scored 12 points every and Jenkins contributed 10.
Villanova shot 63 percent from a domain and knocked down 11 three-point baskets in 22 attempts.
Lafayette, that shot 38 percent altogether from a floor, was led by Dan Trist with 18 points.
Villanova shot 62.5 percent in a initial half and knocked down 6 three-point baskets in holding a 49-26 lead during a break. The Wildcats’ offset scoring was evident: Ochefu with 9 points, Jenkins with eight, Pinkston with 7 and Hilliard and Ennis with 6 apiece.
The Wildcats did an effective pursuit of chasing Lafayette along a three-point arc in a initial half, and preventing a Leopards from scoring even when they cut backdoor opposite their overplaying opponent. Lafayette, was usually dual of 9 in a opening period.
The Leopards’ initial three-ball of a game, by Monty Boykins, reduced a necessity to 8 during 21-13 with usually underneath 9 mins to play. But a Wildcats hold Lafayette scoreless for a subsequent 3:22 and exploded on a 13-0 run that was overwhelmed off by back-to-back three-pointers by Jenkins.
Ochefu followed with a retreat layup and a dunk, and Josh Hart sealed out a emanate with trey, giving Villanova a largest lead to that point, 34-13, with 6 mins left.
Seth Hinrichs scored 7 true points as Lafayette cut a necessity to 14 with reduction than 3 mins to play, though a Wildcats outscored a Leopards 11-2 a rest of a half. Arcidiacono scored his usually points of a half with a three-pointer, followed by a trey from Phil Booth, a three-point play from Ochefu and Jenkins’ mid-range jumper.
Villanova scored on a initial 4 security of a second half to boost a domain to 28 and it was usually a matter of fixing a final measure after that.