Jeremiah Robinson-Earl is a problem.
The Villanova Wildcats star shined brightly on Thanksgiving night. The sophomore scored 28 points in the 83-74 victory for ‘Nova over the Arizona State Sun Devils. Nova, who improved to an early 2-0 in the process ,won yet another November nonconference event in the process.
The Wildcats and Sun Devils traded blows for much of the first half. That is until the final few minutes, when Robinson-Earl, Collin Gillespie and Justin Moore scored 13 points to ASU’s eight down the stretch. ‘Nova carried a 41-32 lead into the break and did nothing but expand it in the second half.
The Sun Devils saw that lead do nothing but balloon upward. ‘Nova went on a 17-6 run from the 14:14 mark to the 8:55 mark. While ASU cut into it with seven straight points after that, Robinson-Earl showed up to hit a layup and a dunk to answer that. And after ASU scored five straight points, Moore hit a 3-pointer to further capsize ASU’s hopes.
This performance for Villanova was reminiscent of the kind of showings they put on at their peak. And it was one that had to instill some optimism after after a somewhat sluggish performance against the Boston College Eagles. It is safe to say that at least for one night, the Wildcats quieted and quelled some early fears from ‘Nova Nation.
And well, if they can piece together these kinds of efforts going forward? And if Jeremiah Robinson-Earl can be this productive? Look out, folks.