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Breaking Down Villanova Basketball’s Win Over St. John’s

It was close at the half, but the Wildcats pulled out a double digit victory.

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Happy Thursday Nova Nation! Short and sweet today as it’s a busy one for your boy, but I wanted to re-post the press conference from last night featuring Jay Wright, Justin Moore, and Saddiq Bey.

Some key takeaways:

  • Turnovers were an early problem for the Cats, but they did a better job in the second half
  • St. John’s did a great job keeping Nova out of the lane, and it made players more tentative
  • Jeremiah Robinson-Earl is a great weapon against pressure, and hit 7 consecutive free throws
  • Don’t know severity of Collin Gillespie’s injury. He says he’s ok, but Jay decided to keep him out the final minutes of the game
  • Wright wishes his team would show more toughness, and had Kyle Lowry talk to them after the game. Felt they showed toughness at Xavier, but they took a step back against St. John’s.
  • Jay Wright loved Kyle Lowry’s “between the legs” play against the Bucks, showed his toughness and competitiveness
  • Wright’s favorite moment of the night was seeing Lowry interact with his sons. “That’s the best thing as a coach you can see.”

Also in case you missed it, here’s Kyle Lowry’s jersey retirement as seen from the not-so-cheap seats:

In other “news”, Mary Gedaka makes the NCAA’s “Starting Five”, Kyle Lowry’s jersey retirement, and a great interview with Darryl Reynolds. Enjoy!

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No. 12 Villanova beats St. John's 71-60 on night for Lowry |
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Villanova honors Kyle Lowry at halftime of win over St. John's | ESPN
Villanova honored former star Kyle Lowry at halftime of its win over St. John's Wednesday night. Lowry played from 2004 to 2006, when the Wildcats made their first two NCAA tournament trips of coach Jay Wright's young tenure.

Villanova a little weak in tough triumph over St. John's | Sports |
RADNOR – It was only fitting that Kyle Lowry was on hand to see Villanova grind out a 70-61 victory over St. John’s Wednesday night at the Pavilion.

Villanova shuts down St. John's in front of Kyle Lowry | New York Post
Saddiq Bey scored 23 points and Justin Moore added 21 to lead No. 12 Villanova past visiting St. John's 71-60 on Wednesday night. The Wildcats (22-6, 11-4 Big East) had trouble shaking St. John's until late on a night the program honored former star Kyle Lowry. Lowry, a five-time All-Star guard for the NBA champion Toronto Raptors.

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Wildcats Weather Storm to Post 71-60 Win Over St. John's | Villanova University Athletics
Villanova outlasted St. John's 71-60 Wednesday night at Finneran Pavilion.

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