Longwood 77

(2-7, 0-5 away)

(4) Villanova 90

(6-0, 5-0 home)

    7:30 PM ET, December 10, 2005

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    LONG 32 4577
    #4VILL 44 4690

    Top Performers

    Longwood: M. Sumter 17 Pts, 8 Reb, 1 Ast, 2 Stl, 2 Blk

    Villanova: R. Foye 27 Pts, 4 Reb, 3 Ast, 2 Stl, 1 Blk

    Foye scores 27 as No. 4 Villanova routs Longwood

    ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) -- For Villanova, the neutral site was a lot like home.

    Randy Foye scored 27 points and Allan Ray had 20 as the fourth-ranked Wildcats ran their season-opening winning streak to six games with a 90-77 victory over Longwood on Saturday night.

    Will Sheridan added 13 points and Mike Nardi 12 as Villanova shook off an early challenge from Longwood, a former Division II school that is in the midst of reclassification to Division I and suffered through a 1-30 season last year.

    "It wasn't pretty, we'll take them anyway we can get them," coach Jay Wright said.

    The Wildcats (6-0) used 3-point shooting and effective pressure defense to withstand an early challenge, with Foye and Ray scoring from outside and the 6-foot-8-inch Sheridan dominating inside.

    Michael Jefferson scored 19 and Maurice Sumter 17 to pace Longwood.

    "We got guys good enough to compete at this level," Lancers coach Mike Gillian said. "The game would have been much closer if we did what we had to do."

    The non-conference game was played at a neutral site, but it wasn't so neutral. With Villanova's campus only 78 miles away, the Boardwalk Hall crowd of 7,007 was dominated by its students, alumni and fans.

    With Nardi pressing the action and Sheridan scoring almost at will, Villanova raced to a 13-3 advantage, its zone traps -- which forced 15 first-half turnovers -- flustering Longwood and leading to easy baskets.

    However, the long shot Lancers hung around. Dana Smith hit a pair of 3-pointers and Michael Jefferson added a jumper to narrow the lead to 29-25.

    Longwood hit 50 percent of its 3-pointers, and they helped keep the team in the game.

    "We were concerned," said Wright. "I know it sounds like coach talk, but their style was going to be different, attacking us. It wasn't slow-up. It was just full speed ahead, 100 miles an hour. They just drove the ball to the rim and shot threes."

    That they did. Longwood shot 6-for-12 on 3-pointers, and outrebounded Villanova 44-35.

    But the four-point margin in the first half was as close as the Lancers got.

    Nardi hit a 3-pointer and a layup to key a 12-5 run as Villanova coasted to a 44-32 halftime lead, with Wright substituting liberally even before the outcome was assured.

    The second half was all Villanova. The Wildcats, who hit 44 percent from beyond the arc for the night, used 3s from Foye, Ray and Nardi to pull away.

    Villanova, which is celebrating the 20-year anniversary of its 1985 NCAA championship, has endured the loss of standout 6-7 forward Curtis Sumpter, who tore his anterior cruciate ligament in practice in October.

    But with Foye and Allan's scoring and Nardi's playmaking, Villanova has more than compensated -- taking a 27.8-point average margin of victory into this game.

    The fourth man in Villanova's four-guard starting lineup, Kyle Lowry, played only 6 minutes because of back spasms. "It just tightened up. (He has) a little bit of a history, but nothing major," Wright said.

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    Team Stat Comparison

    Points 77 90
    FG Made-Attempted 27-61 (.443) 32-67 (.478)
    3P Made-Attempted 6-12 (.500) 9-19 (.474)
    FT Made-Attempted 17-22 (.773) 17-31 (.548)
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 20 (0/0) 18 (0/0)
    Largest Lead 0 18

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