Villanova 67

(7-1, 5-1 away)

Oklahoma 51

(4-3, 4-2 home)

7:00 PM ET, December 6, 2006

Lloyd Noble Center, Norman, Oklahoma

1 2 T
VILL 36 3167
OKLA 25 2651

Top Performers

Villanova: M. Nardi 23 Pts, 3 Reb, 4 Ast, 2 Stl

Oklahoma: T. Crocker 19 Pts, 5 Reb, 2 Ast

Villanova 67, Oklahoma 51

NORMAN, Okla. (AP) -- Playing against the team he spurned, Villanova freshman Scottie Reynolds found senior Mike Nardi's presence calming.

Nardi scored a season-high 23 points and Curtis Sumpter added 14 as the Wildcats beat Oklahoma 67-51 Wednesday night to end the Sooners' NCAA-best 49-game homecourt winning streak against nonconference foes.

"Mike did a good job. He didn't really force anything on me. He just told me to go out and play the way we play," said Reynolds, who signed with Oklahoma before instead deciding to attend Villanova. "He was on fire today."

Nardi hit eight of his first 10 shots to propel the Wildcats (7-1) to a double-digit lead, and the Sooners (4-3) were unable to mount a comeback despite holding Villanova scoreless for more than five minutes in the second half.

Oklahoma's last loss to a nonconference opponent at the Lloyd Noble Center came against No. 4 Cincinnati on Dec. 22, 1999. Duke, which beat Holy Cross 57-45 on Wednesday night, now has the longest such streak at 47 games.

"We just didn't have the energy and the passion that I want our basketball team to have, and that was probably what's most disappointing about this game," first-year Oklahoma coach Jeff Capel said.

Capel instead saw those qualities in Nardi, who ended up one point shy of matching the highest point total of his career.

"Coming into this game I thought Sumpter was their best player but I thought Nardi was the heart of their team, and we saw it tonight," Capel said. "I think they go as Nardi goes. He gives them energy and those other guys feed off of him. He plays with passion and plays with fire."

In a rematch of teams that met last season in the top 5, Nardi sparked a 15-2 run midway through the first half to push the Wildcats ahead for good. Nardi connected on a 3-pointer from the top of the key to start the spurt and then had assists on 3-pointers by Shane Clark and Sumpter. Villanova led 28-16 after back-to-back layups by Sumpter and Reynolds and a left-handed hook shot by Nardi.

The Wildcats led 36-25 at halftime after forcing 15 Oklahoma turnovers, then pushed the lead to 55-40 after Dante Cunningham dunked a miss by Reynolds.

After that, Villanova went more than five minutes without a point but Oklahoma was equally cold. The Sooners scored only four points in the same span, and Sumpter ended the drought with back-to-back 3-pointers to stretch the lead to 61-44 with under five minutes to play.

"When we were getting stops, we just couldn't score. That hurt," said guard Tony Crocker, who scored a career-high 19 points to lead the Sooners. Longar Longar added 12 points, and the Sooners committed a season-worst 24 turnovers.

Reynolds, a McDonald's All-American point guard, had 10 points against the team he ditched after Capel was hired to replace Kelvin Sampson as the Sooners' coach.

After Capel was hired in April, Reynolds' father sent a note to Oklahoma seeking a "complete, unconditional release" from his letter of intent.

"When Scott committed to come to OU he was coming to play for Coach Sampson and his assistant coaches," Rick Reynolds wrote. "They are no longer at OU. This changes everything."

Reynolds met with Capel but instead wound up at Villanova, where he has started the Wildcats' first eight games and averaged 7.7 points entering Wednesday night.

He was booed during introductions and frequently when he brought the ball upcourt. Fans cheered when Reynolds was fouled by Taylor Griffin and sent sprawling to the floor on the Wildcats' first possession.

"I thought it was kind of cool," Reynolds said. "I guess that shows how much they care about their basketball."

The Wildcats beat Oklahoma 85-74 in Philadelphia last year when both teams were ranked in the top 5 -- Villanova at No. 4, Oklahoma at No. 5.

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Team Stat Comparison

Points 67 51
FG Made-Attempted 25-55 (.455) 21-48 (.438)
3P Made-Attempted 10-24 (.417) 7-22 (.318)
FT Made-Attempted 7-8 (.875) 2-8 (.250)
Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 17 (0/0) 13 (0/0)
Largest Lead 19 2

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