Maalik Wayns scored 22 points in the victory on just 10 shots from the field. The biggest surprise of the game was the play of the Wildcat big men. Given a tough task in guarding Jordan Williams, Mouphtaou Yarou played a physical game down low. His numbers look awful, as he didn't make a basket in his six attempts, but his 12 rebounds cannot be stressed enough. He kept Jordan Williams from easy baskets, constantly contesting post moves and forcing Williams to earn it from the line. Williams had an outstanding game still and really kept the Terrapins in position to win the ball game if it weren't for the Villanova run. Williams finished with 25 points and 14 rebounds, but 16 of those points came in the first half.
Isaiah Armwood had his best career game at Villanova. He did in fact hit a game winning three pointer early last year, but for the first time, Armwood displayed his toughness as a big man. Isaiah finished with 6 points and 13 rebounds, with 5 offensive boards. For the first time all season, Villanova had three players with 10 or more boards, as Antonio Pena also added 10 rebounds. With the play of the big men on defense and the offensive prowess of the guards, this team has a legitimate Big East chance. The next test is against UConn on Monday and will be played in Connecticut.
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