Villanova 94, Rutgers 61

PISCATAWAY, N.J. (AP) -- Allen Ray scored 21 points and Villanova
shot a season-high 64.3 percent from the field in defeating Rutgers
94-61 on Saturday, handing the Scarlet Knights' their worst home
loss in the 27-year history of the Rutgers Athletic Center.

Curtis Sumpter had 16 points, Randy Foye 14 and Will Sheridan 12
as Villanova (12-4, 4-3 Big East) prepared for its game against
defending national champion Connecticut on Wednesday by sticking
Rutgers (7-10, 1-6) with its largest conference loss ever.

The 33-point margin of defeat was also the biggest for Villanova
against Rutgers. The Scarlet Knights previous low point in the RAC
was an 84-53 loss to Temple in February 1988.

The 94 points were a season high for Villanova, whose previous
high was 86 against Albany on Dec. 22.

Marquis Webb had 11 points to lead Rutgers, which came up empty
after a heartbreaking 86-84 loss to No. 4 Syracuse earlier this
week. Scarlet Knights' leading scorer Quincy Douby (16.4) was held
scoreless after scoring in double figures in every game this

Villanova, which posted wins over then No. 2 Kansas and Notre
Dame in the last eight days, was near perfect on both ends of the

Villanova hit 36-of-56 from the field, including a season-high
13-of-24 from 3-point range. The Wildcats hit 13 of 18 shots to
open the game in taking a 44-26 halftime lead. They were even
better in the second half, making 14 of their first 18 in sending
Rutgers' fans to the exits early.

Villanova played well on both ends of the court, limiting
Rutgers to 15-of-52 shooting, or 28.8 percent. Douby and Ricky
Shields, the Scarlet Knights leading scorers, combined for eight
points on 1-for-15 shooting.

Ray, who is the fourth leading scorer in Big East play with a
19.7 average, hit 5-of-6 shots from the field in the first half,
including 4-of-5 from 3-point range. He opened the game with a
3-pointer in helping the Wildcats jump to a 15-4 lead.

Rutgers got the crowd going early in the second half, drawing
within 59-44 and then forcing a turnover.

Douby then missed a 3-pointer and Villanova went on a 24-3 spurt
to take an 83-47 lead. The Wildcats hit 9-of-11 shots in the spurt
with Sumpter scoring nine points.