The Villanova Wildcats lost their rematch against the Senegal national team this afternoon in France by the score of 79-65. From the sounds of the Nova Athletics Twitter feed, Maalik Wayns had another solid outing (15 points) as did Mouphtaou Yarou (9 points, 11 rebounds). Unfortunatley for Wayns, it was on 6-19 shooting. He'll have to improve on that. He did knock down 3 triples though, so there's that.
Isaiah Armwood also hit a 3-pointer (he's preparing to be the new Corey Stokes) and also grabbed 7 rebounds. Dominic Cheek joined Mouph in foul trouble for much of the game, but still managed 7 points.
Darrun Hilliard may prove to be one of the deep threats we're seeking - he started again today and buried 3 triples. JayVaughn Pinkston was held in check during the 1st half but scored 7 points after the break, while Achraf Yacoubou tallied 5 points and 4 rebounds. Markus Kennedy hauled in 7 boards as well to help 'Nova to a 52-48 advantage on the boards, despite Senegal being the much bigger team.
The thing to remember is that Senegal is big, they're physical, and they're a pretty good international team. I wasn't expecting Villanova to win these games with so many new faces, and neither should anyone else.
The 'Cats will take on Israel on Friday when they begin EuroJam 2011.
Quotes from Jay Wright after The Jump.
"That was as unique as an experience as you can have in this game. It was like being in a street fight in someone else's neighborhood. It presented a great challenge for us that I thought our players handled well. Having Mouph in early foul trouble certainly didn't help us. It forced us to play a lot of the young guys and we had some mistakes at key points."
"I thought on the whole, though, the young guys did a good job. Markus Kennedy stepped in and gave us some quality minutes and so did Darrun and JayVaughn. It was a great learning experience. That's a very seasoned international team that knows how it has to play to be effective. There's a lot we can learn from this."
"That team was athletic and very long and their experience was very obvious. They knew they were playing against a young team. But that kind of challenge was what we wanted from this trip and these type games can only help our development. We're looking forward to moving on to Amsterdam and having another game on Friday."