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Villanova Falls in OT Once Again

For the second time in 3 days, Villanova (11-16, 4-11 BE) lost a closely contended game in overtime at the Wells Fargo Center, this time to the Connecticut Huskies, powered by star sophomore SG Jeremy Lamb. The final score was 73-70.

Cheek was the driving force for 'Nova, but even his excellence wasn't enough (Cortes).

Early in the first half, Villanova jumped out to an 18-point lead behind Dominic Cheek’s outstanding shooting. Cheek finished with 23 points and shot 9 of 13 from the field. Connecticut then roared back to tie the game at 30 going into halftime. The second half started extremely close, but Villanova held a slim lead. However, 4 minutes into the half, the Huskies took their first lead off of yet another Lamb jumper.

With 6 minutes to go in the game, Connecticut held a 7-point advantage. The Wildcats, mired in a season full of disappointments, then went on a 13-4 run to take a 60-58 lead with 2 minutes and change to go.

A minute and a half went by with no scoring until U-Conn forward Alex Oriakhi made a game tying layup with 23 seconds to go. This gave ‘Nova the ball out of a Jay Wright timeout, with a chance to win the game. Freshman stud Jayvaughn Pinkston took the point and drove into the lane, but he threw up a floater that was tipped as time expired. The ‘Cats were headed to overtime once again at the Wells Fargo Center.

The extra period was all Lamb. He scored 10 of Connecticut’s 13 points in overtime, and finished with a game-high 32 points. Lamb was the only Connecticut player to score in double digits.

Cheek and Yarou walk off disappointed, while UConn celebrates (Cortes).

After a Lamb free throw that put U-Conn up 2, Ty Johnson went coast-to-coast and made a layup to tie the game at 70. Shabazz Napier quickly got the ball off the inbound. He ran up the court and spotted up 8 feet inside the half court line. The way he took the shot was brimming with confidence. The ball swished through the net, breaking the hearts (yet again) of many ‘Nova fans.

With .6 seconds put back up on the clock, ‘Nova had 1 final attempt. This attempt was a failure after Ty Johnson threw the inbound pass out of bounds. Johnson ended the game with 14 points and 6 dimes. Freshman standout Jayvaughn Pinkston finished with 13 points and 10 rebounds. Even with four ‘Nova players in double figures, they could still not get a win over the unranked Connecticut Huskies.

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