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Rhode Island 65: :78 Villanova

#20 Villanova (6-0) got 19 points and 12 rebound from Dante Cunningham to beat Rhode Island (5-2) in the Championship game of the Philly Hoop Group Classic. The Wildcats had 5 players in double digit; Corey Fisher (14), Scottie Reynolds (13), Reggie Redding (11) and Antonio Pena (10).

The game turned out to be a very physical one getting 'Nova ready for Big East Conference play. Redding, assigned the duty of guarding URI star Jimmy Baron, required 4 stitches and enough blood was drawn to require jersey changes.

Dante Cunningham was named MVP of the Tournament. Corey Fisher was named to the All-Tournament team.

Casiem Drummond did not play again. Reason; Injury? Discipline? Unkown. But rumors abound.

[AP Story]