Scottie Reynolds led the way with 19 points on 6 of 12 shooting as Villanova defeated St. John's 81-71 en route to the school's best start since 1950-51.
The 18-1 start includes a 7-0 start in Big East Conference play which has never been accomplished before by the Wildcats.
'Nova overcame an 11 point deficit late in the first half to be down only 1 point at the intermission. Whatever Jay said to the squad at the half, the team took it to heart. A combination of increased defensive pressure and cold shooting saw St. John's only shoot 11-38 (29%) from the field in the second 20 minutes.
Corey Fisher added 18 points for 'Nova and freshman Maalik Wayns contributed 16 with both shooting 5-8 from the floor.
Reynolds also led the team with 4 assists and 3 steals. Along the way he passed Randy Foye and moved in to the #8 spot on Villanova's All-Time Scoring List.
Villanova next faces Notre Dame on Wednesday at 7p.
Closest to the Pin Results: With the Cat’s winning 81-71, we congratulate eight VUH readers who took medals in our most competitive contest so far. Gold Medals: Joe (82-71) and Paul (80-71), earning 5 points each; Silver Medals: maalik lowry (80-72), Old School (81-69), Squeaky 99 (80-70) and supernova (82-70), earning 3 points each; Bronze Medals: Brendan D (81-68) and EG’77 (81-74), earning 1 point each. For the standings after 15 rounds, see our Leader Board.