NCAAB Game Recap - Pennsylvania at Villanova
Wed Dec 4, 2019 6:30 PM EST

ND
51
MD
72
F
UVA
40
Purd
69
F
OhSt
74
UNC
49
F
TXSo
62
Gonz
101
F
LoyMa
64
Colora
76
F
FlaAM
43
Tenn
72
F
E WA
80
Wash
90
F
Penn
69
Vill
80
F
UtSt
71
SJSU
59
F
IUPUI
51
MorSt
56
F
SacHr
89
UMassL
86
F
Leh
69
StFPA
77
F
SCar
84
UMass
80
F
Boston
63
GrgWas
64
F
W IL
86
Evans
90
F
VMI
58
Duques
71
F
Colg
82
Bingha
74
F
E IL
69
IPFW
74
F
RobM
70
YSU
81
F
WIGB
71
Xav
84
F
JMU
71
Radf
94
F
(N/A)
51
Ohio
90
F
Maine
63
NE
78
F
Longw
41
NCAT
52
F
(N/A)
37
UNH
91
F
KennSt
54
UNCG
72
F
Tows
76
Morg
59
F
Akr
85
Marsh
73
F
NCC
59
UGA
95
F
Canis
59
FlAtl
62
F
FlGlf
53
FlInt
71
F
LoyMD
84
DelSt
76
F
ETSU
96
Citad
84
F
Iona
62
UConn
80
F
(N/A)
79
CoCar
114
F
Toled
80
Clev
65
F
(N/A)
55
Brown
82
F
Nebras
56
GaTec
73
F
Yale
61
Albany
52
F
Princ
76
Drex
82
F
NJIT
65
Army
75
F
PaulQ
69
Gram
79
F
ArkPB
39
Tuls
72
F
GTown
81
OkSt
74
F
UMKC
61
IaSt
79
F
BYU
95
Utah
102
F(OT)
UCDav
85
NoAZ
66
F
Norf
59
SIU
76
F
(N/A)
63
ULMo
86
F
TxSt
60
Hou
68
F
N AL
63
Troy
71
F
TxTch
60
DeP
65
F(OT)
Tul
61
SoMis
56
F
NNMU
47
N CO
92
F
Jacksn
56
Marq
75
F
Web
72
UtVal
67
F
AF
86
Wyo
77
F
Bois
78
NM
80
F
SDSU
79
ColSt
57
F
ChiSt
89
SIU-E
81
F
Wisc
54
NCSU
69
F
Wake
54
PSU
76
F
UCRiv
67
CBap
79
F
CSNor
71
Portl
64
F
CS-Ful
59
Pacif
62
F
SCla
67
Nev
98
F
WaSt
78
Ida
65
F
UNLV
81
Fres
80
F(2OT)
Cal
64
USF
76
F

Dec 4, 2019, 6:30 PM EST

Final

1

2

T

Pennsylvania (5-4)

30

39

69

(23) Villanova (6-2)

36

44

80

Behind Bey, No. 23 Villanova holds off pesky Penn 80-69
Wed Dec 4, 2019 10:23 PM

VILLANOVA, Pa. (AP) Saddiq Bey kept another surprise defeat at bay for Villanova, and again made the Wildcats the top contender for another city championship.

Bey scored a career-high 27 points and Jeremiah Robinson-Earl had 13 points and 12 rebounds to lead No. 23 Villanova to an 80-69 victory over Penn on Wednesday night.

The Wildcats (6-2) finally pulled away from the Quakers over the final 2 minutes to avoid a second straight loss to their Philadelphia basketball rivals. Justin Moore converted a three-point play to give Villanova the breathing room it needed to hold off pesky Penn (5-4).

"The reason those games are like that and always have been is because we all know each other," coach Jay Wright said.

Jordan Dingle and AJ Brodeur each scored 18 points for Penn. Moore finished with 17 for the Wildcats.

The Quakers pulled off one of the biggest upsets in Philly hoops history last season when they knocked off the national champion Wildcats 78-75 at the Palestra. The Wildcats had won a city-record 25 straight games against Big 5 rivals Temple, Saint Joseph's, La Salle and the Quakers. Penn would win the Big 5 title but not the Ivy League crown that could have sent it back to the NCAA Tournament.

The Quakers came out determined to prove they were no one-upset wonder. They forced the game into the paint and kept the Wildcats from relying on the 3 to put them away. Brodeur scored 12 points and the Quakers had the game tied at 30-all late in the first half.

Jermaine Samuels swayed the game toward Villanova on a monster block on Devon Goodman's fast-break attempt and Bey capitalized with a thunderous jam on the other end that brought the fans to their feet. The dunk gave Bey 23 points, one better than his career high set earlier this season against Army.

Much like last season, the Quakers weren't going away. Goodman buried a 3 and quickly dunked off his own steal to bring the 11½-point underdog Quakers within four midway through the second half. Dingle hit a 3 to make it a one-point game and suddenly the thought of another shocker was in full force on Villanova's campus. Penn students stormed the court, tossed streamers, hopped around at midcourt, and mobbed the players after last season's win at the Palestra.

Robinson-Earl is a freshman and had nothing to do with the defeat, and knew even less about the Big 5. But one big game against the Quakers - hardly confused with the powerhouse programs the Wildcats beat in March - changed his perspective on the rivalry's meaning.

"The coaches have told me, the players have told me, it's just so important," he said. "I don't know a lot of the history about it but I can see from the energy Coach gives about how important it is."

The fans inside the Pavilion were all but silenced when the Quakers made it 48-47. The Quakers kept driving inside to keep the deficit within single digits and Dingle got a rise out of the Penn bench on a two-handed dunk. Try as they might, the Quakers couldn't stop Bey and couldn't go on enough of a run to ever take the lead. Goodman hit Penn's seventh 3 to make it 68-64 with Bey on the bench with four fouls.

The Wildcats made only 4 of 10 3-pointers; Bey was 10 of 18 overall with six rebounds.

"I don't know if we were ready for the physicality he brought to the game," Brodeur said. "He scored a lot of points at the basket."

The Wildcats held Penn to only five points over the final 4 minutes to hang on for the tougher-than-necessary victory.

"Three minutes to go, I thought the plan was working," Penn coach Steve Donohue said. "We just kind of ran out of gas on the offensive end.

BIG PICTURE:

Penn: The Quakers have never won on Villanova's campus, falling to 0-12.

Villanova: The Wildcats have 26 Big 5 titles, second to Temple's 28. Villanova won five straight before the Quakers ended the run last season but the Wildcats seem poised to go hard after another city title this season. They are 2-0 this season.

UP NEXT

Penn: The Quakers have a long layoff until they host Widener on Dec. 21.

Villanova: The Wildcats play Sunday at Saint Joseph's in traditionally the biggest city hoops game of the season.

Leaders

Pennsylvania PTS +/- AST REB ST BLK
M. Martz 0 0 2 2 1 0
E. Scott 0 0 0 1 0 0
Villanova PTS +/- AST REB ST BLK
B. Antoine 0 0 0 0 0 0
D. Cosby-Roundtree 0 0 0 1 0 0

Team Comparison

Penn Vill
Points For 69 80
Field Goals 29/60-48% 30/59-51%
Three Pointers 7/19-37% 4/10-40%
Free Throws 4/9-44% 16/21-76%
Offensive Rebounds 6 9
Defensive Rebounds 23 28
Rebounds 32 38
Blocks 4 1
Steals 5 9
Turnovers 13 11
Personal Fouls 16 16
Technical Fouls 0 0
Ejections 0 0

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

Date Result Away Pts Ldr Home Pts Ldr
Wed Dec 4 Penn 69 @ Vill 80 J. Samuels 2

Game Information

Stadium: Finneran Pavilion, Villanova, Pennsylvania
Attendance: 6,501
Game Time: