VILLANOVA, Pa. (AP) -- Shane Clark scored a career-high 25 points as Villanova outmuscled Stony Brook in an 86-64 victory Friday that marked the season opener for both teams.
Villanova outrebounded Stony Brook 35-19 and outscored the Seawolves 40-12 in the paint as the Wildcats won their home opener for the 40th consecutive season.
Clark, who was questionable coming into the game with a sprained right thumb, did his damage from the inside and the outside, hitting four of his five shots from beyond the 3-point arc and also leading Villanova with seven rebounds.
Fellow forward Dante Cunningham scored 14 points and grabbed six rebounds for Villanova, which broke open a tight game early and led by double digits for the entire second half.
Stony Brook stayed close early and hit four 3-pointers in a 12-3 run midway through the first half to tie the game at 16. But the Wildcats, outscored Stony Brook 24-4 in the paint in the first half and held a 20-9 rebounding edge in the first 20 minutes, soon pulled away for good.
Clark scored 13 points and hit a pair of 3-pointers in the first half and Cunningham added 10 points. Tyree hit three 3-pointers and led Stony Brook with 13 first-half points.