Malcolm “Dividends” Grant scored 22 points off the bench yesterday, helping ignite a stagnant offense to lead #16 Villanova over #13 Pittsburgh 64-63. Fellow freshman Antonio Pena dropped in 12 points of his own, to join Grant as the only players in double figures for the Wildcats.
Pre-Season All Big East player Scottie Reynolds was held to 4 points on 1-6 shooting, including a scoreless first half that saw him take only three shots.
Villanova’s shooting woes continued from last week’s disappointing loss at DePaul to open their Big East schedule, shooting 6-22 from three point land. The Wildcats were also outrebounded 35-25, thanks in part to the ongoing injury to 6-10 center Casiem Drummond, who will be out another two weeks with a foot injury.
Pittsburgh was without lead guard Levance Fields, who is out 8-12 weeks with a foot injury. With that, the Panthers turned the ball over 22 times, 9 more than their season average coming into the game.
Shane Clark and Dante Cunningham joined Reynolds in the lack of scoring department, combining for 13 points. Clark played only 19 minutes as he was dogged by foul trouble throughout the game.
Villanova’s next game is Saturday, January 10th at Cincinnati.