Monmouth 48

(0-5, 0-4 away)

(20) Villanova 71

(4-0, 4-0 home)

    7:30 PM ET, November 25, 2008

    The Pavilion (Villanova), Villanova, Pennsylvania

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    MONM 13 3548
    #20VILL 45 2671

    Top Performers

    Monmouth: A. Nunner 6 Pts, 3 Reb, 1 Ast, 3 Stl

    Villanova: C. Stokes 18 Pts, 7 Reb, 3 Ast, 1 Stl

    Cunningham, Stokes help Villanova win fourth straight game

    Associated Press

    VILLANOVA, Pa. -- Villanova may have gotten a bit complacent in the second half, and that was certainly understandable.

    Fast Facts

    • Villanova improved to 6-0 all-time against Monmouth, and coach Jay Wright is 3-0 all-time vs. the Hawks.

    • The Wildcats have won 13 straight games and 27 of their last 28 against unranked non-conference opponents.

    • Monmouth started 0-5 for the first time since 1998-99, when it lost its first 19 games.

    -- ESPN research

    Holding a 32-point lead against a winless team was more than enough momentum to move into cruise control after halftime.

    Dante Cunningham scored 19 points, Corey Stokes added 18 and Villanova (No. 22 ESPN/USA Today, No. 20 AP) extended its season-opening winning streak to four games with a 71-48 victory over undermanned Monmouth on Tuesday night.

    Shane Clark added 10 points for the Wildcats (4-0), who won their 19th straight game at The Pavilion, their 6,500-seat on-campus arena.

    "I thought we played a great first half," Villanova coach Jay Wright said. "I thought we paid attention to detail. We've got to keep our concentration longer. I think that's the challenge."

    Villanova was without junior center Casiem Drummond, who was suspended one game for disciplinary reasons. Wright described the infraction as a minor disciplinary issue and said Drummond will practice Wednesday.

    The Wildcats were also without swingman Dwayne Anderson, sidelined with a foot injury.

    Yet their lack of depth didn't hurt against Monmouth.

    "Coach Wright always talks about playing 40 minutes of basketball," said Stokes, who was 5-of-11 from 3-point territory. "We've just got to keep pushing."

    Yaniv Simpson scored 11 points for winless Monmouth (0-5). The Hawks are playing without senior guard Whitney Coleman, who sustained a season-ending knee injury in their opener. Coleman led Monmouth in scoring last season, averaging 11.9 points.

    Six minutes into the game, Monmouth lost point guard James Hett with a twisted ankle. He didn't return.

    "That was a bad omen for us in that they're a veteran team and we're young," Monmouth coach Dave Calloway said.

    Monmouth is 0-16 against Top 25 teams and 0-33 against teams from the Big East.

    Villanova seems rested and sharp after a six-day layoff. That's quite a change from last week when the Wildcats were struggling for stretches in a 77-62 win over Niagara on Wednesday.

    "We've just got to keep getting better every day, every time we step on the court," Cunningham said.

    The Wildcats, who have won all six meetings they've had against Monmouth, shot 16-for-31 and charged to a 31-11 advantage. The lead swelled to 30 points on back-to-back 3-pointers by Stokes, giving Villanova a 43-13 lead.

    Cunningham's short jumper in the lane with 2.5 seconds left pushed the lead to 45-13 at halftime.

    Monmouth went 11:10 without a field goal and was outscored 37-6 during one stretch of the first half.

    "We're a young team and we struggled to make shots," Calloway said. "We had a tough time getting into our offense against them."

    Villanova scored the first five points of the second half and never looked back en route to the easy victory.

    The matchup was a preliminary round game of the Philly Hoop Group Classic. The championship-round games will be played Friday and Saturday at the Palestra.

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    Team Stat Comparison

    Points 48 71
    FG Made-Attempted 15-44 (.341) 26-59 (.441)
    3P Made-Attempted 7-23 (.304) 8-20 (.400)
    FT Made-Attempted 11-13 (.846) 11-13 (.846)
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 14 (0/0) 16 (0/0)
    Largest Lead 3 37

    2008-09 Season

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