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Villanova 80: :67 American University

Whoa. That was a little too close.

Dwayne Anderson helps lead the Cats comeback over American

Dwayne Anderson helps lead the Cats comeback over American

Dwayne Anderson and Dante Cunningham each scored 25 points to lead the Cats over American University in the first round of the NCAA Tournament 80-67.

After falling behind in the 1st half and trailing 41-31 at halftime. The Cats rallied from a 14 point deficit in the 2nd half to win 80-67 over a pesky American University.

The crowd at the Wachovia Center started to really get loud in the 2nd half to help push the Wildcats through their 19-2 run to take the lead.
Villanova trailed 45-31 early in the 2nd half. They clawed their way back to tie the game 55-55 with just under 8 minutes left in the game. Then Dwayne Anderson came down to hit a 3 pointer to put the Cats up for good.

American got into foul trouble early in the 2nd half and Villanova took advantage by shooting 26-29 from the charity stripe.

Villanova will not be able to have this kind of start on Saturday when they take on UCLA, who held on to beat VCU 65-64.