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Villanova comfortably walks by Hartford

The Wildcats had no issue with taking the Hawks down in Bubbleville.

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A heavily balanced attack helped to lead the Villanova Wildcats to victory. The Wildcats soundly defeated the Hartford Hawks 87-53 en route to their third win of the year.

Five players poured in double-figure efforts in the Villanova win. Justin Moore, Brandon Slater, Cole Swider, Eric Dixon, Caleb Daniels and Collin Gillespie were the sextet to do it. putting up 15, 13, 13, 12 and 10 respectively. Jermaine Samuels put up nine points, falling just shy of joining his teammates in that department, which would’ve given them a septet of double-figure scorers.

Jeremiah Robinson-Earl, the earliest of bright spots for this ‘Nova team had just two points. But Robinson-Earl also finished with 10 rebounds and three assists to boot to find a way to contribute elsewhere.

Hartford was unable to corral ‘Nova at all inside. The Wildcats went 19-for-28 from inside, good for a FG% of 67.8 percent. That’s their best mark of the young season so far, 10+ percent better than their marks in their first two games of the year. It’s also over 20 percent better than what they shot against VaTech (47.2%). The Wildcats were also lethal from deep, shooting 40.5 percent on 37 tries from the perimeter.

Is it any wonder why they won so big? Oh, they also went 4-for-4 on free throw attempts too.

Another big reason Hartford was unable to really compete was lack of production from their star Moses Flowers. The sophomore guard was flummoxed, scoring just two points in 27 minutes on a 1-for-9 mark. He did have five rebounds, an assist and a steal, but also committed three turnovers.

Traci Carter and Austin Williams led the way for Hartford with 13 and 11 points, respectively.

Villanova is currently scheduled to play Texas on Sunday.