No. 3 Villanova tops Louisville


Published: Friday, January 6, 2006 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Friday, January 6, 2006 at 12:00 a.m.
LOUISVILLE, Ky. - Villanova didn't exactly welcome Louisville to the Big East with open arms.
Randy Foye scored 24 points and the third-ranked Wildcats pulled away late to beat No. 9 Louisville 76-67 on Thursday night.
Allan Ray added 17 points for the Wildcats (10-0, 1-0), whose four-guard lineup proved to be too much for the Cardinals (11-2, 0-1). Villanova's start is its best season-opening stretch since 1995-96.
With Foye and Ray forcing the Cardinals to spread the floor, Villanova reserve center Jason Fraser found enough room to score 13 points on 6-of-6 shooting. Villanova outrebounded Louisville 42-34 and held the Cardinals to 43 percent shooting from the field.
David Padgett led Louisville with 17 points and six rebounds before fouling out with less than 3 minutes to go. Brandon Jenkins and Chad Millard each added 12 points for Louisville, which got only nine points in 17 foul-plagued minutes from leading scorer Taquan Dean.
The Wildcats never trailed and hardly looked rattled playing their first game west of Pennsylvania. Though Louisville cut the lead to one possession a handful of times in the second half, whenever a big basket needed to be made, Foye or Ray would knock it down.
Louisville coach Rick Pitino tried to match Villanova's speed, starting three guards as a way to keep up with Villanova's guard-heavy rotation.
But in the first Big East game in school history, the Cardinals quickly realized they weren't in Conference USA anymore.
The Wildcats had an answer for every combination the Wildcats threw at them. Big lineup. Small lineup. It didn't matter. The Wildcats played with the kind of savvy Pitino knows it will take his team time to learn.
  • NO. 18 OHIO ST. 104, PENN ST. 69: Ron Lewis scored 26 points and J.J. Sullinger added 18 - combining to hit all but one of their 19 shots from the field - to lead No. 18 Ohio State to a win over Penn State (8-4) in the Big Ten opener for both teams.
    The Buckeyes (11-0), off to their best start in 15 years, shot 63 percent from the field, including 68 percent in the opening half while building a 58-29 lead.
    Lewis came off the bench to go 10-of-11 from the field, including 5-of-6 from 3-point range. Sullinger didn't miss any of his eight shots, making both of his 3-point tries.
    The Buckeyes led by as much as 84-39 with 12 minutes left before substituting freely.
  • NO. 24 WEST VIRGINIA 57, SOUTH FLORIDA 53:
    Mike Gansey scored 18 points and Kevin Pittsnogle had 16 to lead No. 24 West Virginia to a win over host South Florida in the Big East opener for both teams.
    The win was the seventh straight for West Virginia (9-3), which plays at No. 3 Villanova on Sunday.
    Solomon Jones had 18 points for South Florida (6-8), which was making its Big East debut after moving from Conference USA. The injury-depleted Bulls have lost three straight and five of six and are down to six healthy scholarship players.
    A moment of silence was held before the game to honor the coal miners who died this week in West Virginia.
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