NCAAB Game Recap - Villanova at Middle Tennessee State
Thu Nov 21, 2019 11:30 AM EST

Duke
87
Cal
52
F
TNSt
57
TxTch
72
F
SDSt
64
Ariz
71
F
Vill
98
MidTN
69
F
Xav
73
Tows
51
F
Tex
66
GTown
82
F
Ohio
53
Baylor
76
F
(N/A)
63
Hartfo
78
F
MOSt
70
Mia-FL
74
F
ChBap
58
AbCh
90
F
MisSt
80
Tul
66
F
Fla
70
StJos
62
F
LoyMa
78
AF
64
F
(N/A)
59
Kent
89
F
StAnd
69
UNCA
105
F
(N/A)
56
Alc
92
F
Duques
74
IndSt
71
F
(N/A)
44
NCC
68
F
(N/A)
44
UCRiv
76
F
(N/A)
58
StFNY
122
F
WCU
96
Jacksn
94
F(2OT)
(N/A)
50
Colg
89
F
Charl
55
App
64
F
NebOm
85
WaSt
77
F
NFla
68
Iowa
83
F
(N/A)
50
Hamp
93
F
Woff
55
SoFL
69
F
ArkPB
41
Pitt
66
F
YSU
60
Akr
82
F
AlaAM
51
Clem
87
F
Utah
57
CoCar
79
F
TNTec
61
Winth
58
F
MD-ES
64
Okla
91
F
UCIrv
58
TCU
59
F
CenMI
57
Minn
82
F
RobM
62
IL-C
72
F
Leh
58
Drake
74
F
How
63
Marsh
91
F
Toled
62
ND
64
F(OT)
Lamar
74
UtVal
68
F
ULLa
61
Wyo
69
F(OT)
NM
78
NMSt
77
F
WIGB
70
Wisc
88
F
Buff
68
UConn
79
F
W&M
50
Stan
81
F
Hof
88
UCLA
78
F

Nov 21, 2019, 11:30 AM EST

Final

1

2

T

(17) Villanova (3-1)

53

45

98

Middle Tennessee State (3-2)

28

41

69

Swider scores 26, No. 17 Villanova routs MTSU 98-69
Thu Nov 21, 2019 2:38 PM

CONWAY, S.C. (AP) It’s been awhile since No. 17 Villanova shot this well from long range. Cole Swider has never scored like this.

Swider scored a career-high 26 points with six 3-pointers, and the Wildcats routed Middle Tennessee 98-69 on Thursday in the quarterfinals of the Myrtle Beach Invitational.

Collin Gillespie added 16 points and hit four 3s, Justin Moore finished with 15 points and Jeremiah Robinson-Earl had 11 rebounds to help Villanova (3-1) - which never trailed, led by 35 and shot 57% while winning its second straight following a 25-point loss at No. 10 Ohio State.

And yet, another number in the box score caught coach Jay Wright’s eye - Swider’s seven rebounds.

“He’s more than just a shooter,” Wright said.

And the Wildcats have plenty of those. They made 18 3s - one shy of the school record, and their most since they also had 18 in a victory over Kansas at the 2018 Final Four.

“They have elite size with great shooters,” Middle Tennessee coach Nick McDevitt said, “and any short close-out or decent close-out results in three points.”

Eleven of them came during a first-half barrage that pushed the lead well into the 20s. Swider hit his fifth 3 from the corner shortly before the buzzer to put the Wildcats up 53-28 at halftime.

Saddiq Bey then took the lead to 30 with a 3-pointer two minutes into the second half.

Donovan Sims scored 18 points and C.J. Jones had 16 for the Blue Raiders (3-2). Leading scorer Antonio Green, averaging 23.5 points going into the game, finished with four points on 1-of-7 shooting while dealing with foul trouble.

“They’ve got a lot of interchangeable parts, so they were switching just to never let him see space,” McDevitt said.

BIG PICTURE

Villanova: The Wildcats are tough to beat during in-season holiday tournaments, winning six of them in a row, and that 3-point touch got them off to a strong start toward No. 7. Gillespie, in his second game without the mask that protected his broken nose, got plenty of clear looks at the basket. He had four 3s in the first half. “Collin’s had a real tough preseason, so to see him get off like that to start the game was important for our team,” Wright said. “Our whole team looks to him for his energy and they watched what he went through in the preseason so I know they feel great for him.”

Middle Tennessee: The Blue Raiders had no answer for Villanova’s long-range shooting and couldn’t really get their 1-2 punch of Green and Jones started. Jones averages 20 points, but by the time he reached double figures, Middle Tennessee was already trailing by 30.

STAR WATCH

Bey entered averaging 20.5 points in the Wildcats’ two wins but was held to two points in their lone defeat. He had six points in this one, but Villanova proved it can beat a team resoundingly despite a relatively quiet game from the sophomore.

INJURY REPORT

Villanova freshman Bryan Antoine had nine points in 19 minutes in his college debut. The McDonald’s All-American missed the first three games after right shoulder surgery in May and was medically cleared this week.

HIGHS AND LOWS

Villanova’s previous season high for 3s was 14, set against Ohio on Sunday. … Swider’s prior high-scoring game was 18 against Army in the opener.

UP NEXT

Villanova: Plays the Tulane-Mississippi State winner Friday in one semifinal.

Middle Tennessee: Faces the Tulane-Mississippi State loser Friday in a consolation game.

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Leaders

Villanova PTS +/- AST REB ST BLK
T. Saunders 0 0 0 0 0 0
K. Hoehn 0 0 0 0 0 0
Middle Tennessee State PTS +/- AST REB ST BLK
A. Crump 0 0 2 3 1 0
T. Millin 0 0 0 3 1 0

Team Comparison

Vill MidTN
Points For 98 69
Field Goals 38/67-57% 26/60-43%
Three Pointers 18/38-47% 4/18-22%
Free Throws 4/6-67% 13/21-62%
Offensive Rebounds 8 11
Defensive Rebounds 29 22
Rebounds 40 37
Blocks 4 1
Steals 6 6
Turnovers 12 15
Personal Fouls 21 13
Technical Fouls 0 0
Ejections 0 0

2019-2020 Regular Season - Vill Leads Series 1-0

Date Result Away Pts Ldr Home Pts Ldr
Thu Nov 21 Vill 98 @ MidTN 69 C. Arcidiacono 3 A. Green 4

Game Information

Stadium: HTC Center, Conway, South Carolina
Attendance: 2,283
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