'Nova shot 55.4 percent for the game and committed just five turnovers. As well as the Wildcats play defense, those are offensive numbers that give the other team no chance.
The 'Cats had five players score between 11 and 17 points. It was fairly typical balance for a team that has threats at every spot on the court and more coming off the bench. But big man Daniel Ochefu, who did not miss a shot in six tries, was a revelation. He had 14 points, six rebounds, four assists and three blocks. He was already a defensive force. Now, he is becoming an offensive threat and that makes the Wildcats an even more difficult team to defend.
The WFC should be jammed tonight. Counting the 6,500 sellout at the Pavilion and the two sellouts (8,722) at the Palestra for the day-night doubleheader, nearly 24,000 people saw three games over 9 hours. No doubt, there were more than a few who found a way to see all three.
Hawks hardly miss
In two games last week, Saint Joseph's was 33-for-51 from the three-point line. That would be 99 points on 51 shots. That would be hard to beat.
Certainly, Duquesne could not do it at Hawk Hill on Wednesday. And Penn did not have much chance at the Palestra as SJU scored 21 straight points over the final 6 minutes of the first half, and led 57-23 at halftime while shooting 66.7 percent and won, 85-68.
SJU senior Langston Galloway (20 points) is 26-for-44 from the arc in his last six games and now has 292 career threes, two shy of new Big 5 Hall of Famer Pat Carroll's school record.
Halil Kanacevic, one of the most unique players in recent Big 5 history, had nine points, 15 rebounds and 12 assists from his forward spot for the Hawks (12-5, 1-2 Big 5). SJU has won eight of nine and got Ronald Roberts back after he missed two games with back issues.
Penn (3-11, 0-4) never had much of a chance against that kind of an offensive assault. The Quakers are finished with the city, but just about to embark on the full Ivy League schedule after their upset of Princeton to get to 1-0.
Dragons dominate second half
Drexel actually trailed at UNCW by 14 points with 2 minutes left in the first half. The Dragons outscored UNCW by 30 points over the final 22 minutes and won 79-63.
Drexel (10-7, 2-2 CAA) got another brilliant game from senior point guard Frantz Massenat (career-high 30 points, eight assists, zero turnovers) and a terrific second half from Seton Hall transfer Freddie Wilson (16 points).
In the second half, the Dragons shot 16-for-24 (67 percent) and 16-for-18 from the foul line to get 52 points. UNCW (6-14, 0-5) was not going to be able to stand up to that kind of offense.
With so many injuries, Massenat has needed to play great. And he is playing great, shooting 8-for-11 from the field and 14-for-18 from the foul line.
Drexel, which came into the game third nationally committing just nine turnovers per game, had exactly nine turnovers.