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Villanova cruises on a 3-point barrage

Associated Press
Published November 28, 2005


VILLANOVA, Pa. - Allan Ray set Villanova's individual 3-point record with eight and scored 26, and the No.4 Wildcats set a team mark with 17 3s in an 84-47 win over Lehigh on Sunday night.

Randy Foye sank five 3s and scored 21, Mike Nardi had four 3s and 14 points and Kyle Lowry added 12 points for the Wildcats (2-0). Villanova took more 3s (33) than regular field goals (26) and went to the free-throw line only 12 times.

Ray matched his record with his seventh 3-pointer with about seven minutes left, then pulled up from the right side over Kyle Neptune on the next possession and sank the team's 17th 3-pointer for an 80-36 lead.

Coach Jay Wright immediately pulled the starting lineup, and a sold-out crowd chanted Ray's name in appreciation.

Playing with their highest ranking since 1996, the Wildcats came out firing and took early aim on the 3-point record. Three other times the Wildcats hit 16 3-pointers, the last against Notre Dame on Jan.7, 1999. Four players had made seven 3-pointers, including Ray, who did it against Miami on March 2, 2004.

With forward Curtis Sumpter likely out for the season with a torn ACL, the Wildcats start a four-guard lineup that makes shooting from outside the arc look like a layup drill. The guards - Nardi, Ray, Foye and Lowry - are simply too quick to cover man to man, and they shoot too well to use a zone.

ACC

NO.9 ARIZONA 81, UVA 51: Chris Rodgers matched his season high with 20 points, scoring 15 in the second half when the Wildcats (2-2) pulled away.

Hassan Adams and Mustafa Shakur scored 14 each. Adams, who also had nine rebounds, had 12 points during a 29-1 run that began late in the first half and blew open a tight game.

Arizona went into its home opener in a two-game skid, losing to Connecticut and Michigan State in the Maui Invitational after an opening win over Kansas. It also was intent on avenging a 78-60 loss at Virginia last season, its worst offensive effort since scoring 60 in a loss at Michigan State on Dec.15, 2001.

NO.23 MARYLAND 88, NICHOLLS ST. 56: Chris McCray scored 20, and the host Terrapins opened the second half with a 16-0 run.

Two days after returning from Hawaii, where it played three games in less than 48 hours at the Maui Invitational, Maryland (4-1) endured a sluggish first half before pulling away. Ekene Ibekwe scored nine and James Gist had two baskets in the decisive run, which gave Maryland a 55-30 lead.

TEMPLE 73, MIAMI 56: Mardy Collins scored 19 and had seven assists, and Dustin Salisbery added 16 points to lead the host Owls.

With Temple (2-1) stretching its lead to 16 in the final minutes, an object was thrown on the court, temporarily halting play and drawing the ire of coach John Chaney. He grabbed the microphone and told the crowd it wasn't Temple's way to be seen as "idiots."

"Stupid is forever," Chaney told the crowd. "You can't change stupidity."

Top 25

NO.12 MICH. ST. 84, IPFW 73: Paul Davis had 30 points and 14 rebounds and Maurice Ager added 20 points for the sluggish Spartans (3-2), who returned home after playing the equivalent of 41/2 games in five days in Hawaii.

Nation

NEBRASKA 69, SE MISSOURI 54: Wes Wilkinson scored a career-high 25 and added nine rebounds to lead the host Cornhuskers (4-0).