Sunday, December 19, 2010

Villanova Wins First Game in Newly Named Wells Fargo Center

Villanova handled Delaware 78-59 in a battle of two rival schools. Delaware, not known for its basketball program, dropped to 5-3 this season after winning its previous five contests. Villanova, now at 9-1, won its first game at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia. The Wildcats typically play some of their key home games at the home of the Philadelphia 76ers and Flyers. Villanova University just ended their fall semester this past week, so the Wells Fargo Center was nearly an empty building. Villanova has one more tune-up game on Wednesday against Monmouth, before its contest against Temple on December 30th.

Corey Fisher led the team with 21 points, but had 5 turnovers in yet another sloppy win for Villanova. Maalik Wayns added 14 points, while Freshman James Bell had 10 points in 17 minutes off the bench. The team shot 45% from the field, while making 28-35 free throws. Villanova out-rebounded the Blue Hens 34-24, as the Blue Hens struggled throughout the game.

Delaware finished the game shooting just 33.3%, and a terrible 15% from long range. Forward Jamelle Hagins nearly had an unconventional triple-double with 12 points, 8 rebounds, and 7 blocks. The Blue Hens simply could not score enough to keep up with the Wildcats, and their 28 fouls did not help at all. They forced Villanova into 17 turnovers, but with most of the team in foul trouble, Villanova pulled ahead at the free throw line.

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