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Villanova Basketball vs. IUP Crimson Hawks: Exhibition Preview

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The Crimson Hawks are the D-II preseason #24 team.

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The Indiana University of Pennsylvania will be heading to the Wells Fargo Center on Saturday for a noon-time tipoff against Villanova for the Wildcats’ lone pre-season exhibition.

Crimson Hawks are a D-II program coming off a 21-8 season that ended in the semifinals of the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference Tournament. Head coach Joe Lombardi is in his 11th season and brings a 225-85 record with him as well. The Crimson Hawks were tabbed at #24 in this season’s NABC Division II Preseason Poll.

The Crimson Hawks return seven total players from last year's team that advanced to the PSAC semifinals. Three of those players are starters, including guards Anthony Glover, Dante Lombardi, and Brandon Spain. Glover, one of only two players to start all 29 games a season ago, is IUP's leading returning scorer with 10.0 points per game. The junior drained 54 three-pointers, converting 40.0 percent from beyond the arc.

IUP is also welcoming the addition of two incoming transfers from D-1; forward Blake Danielak, who last played at Drake and junior guard Ayron Hutton from Quinnipiac.

Earlier this week, IUP lost to Syracuse in another exhibition at the Carrier Dome. In that game, the Crimson Hawks held an early 14-point lead before the Orange ticked off a 20-4 run to end the first. Syracuse ultimately won, 83-65.

In that exhibition, Anthony Glover, a 6’1” point guard who previously played at Chicago State, led IUP with 15 points. Dante Lombardi, a 6-foot guard added 14.

The Crimson Hawks shot 38% against Syracuse (24-of-63). IUP tried to take advantage of Syracuse’s zone as they launched 36 three-point attempts, landing only 8 of them.

Villanova has a number of plans for the morning of the exhibition including plans to unveil a new national championship banner at the Wells Fargo Center.