Hart, Jenkins lead sixth straight win

Daily Local News (West Chester, PA) - - SPORTS - By Dave Zeitlin The As­so­ci­ated Press

Jay Wright and his Vil­lanova play­ers are ready to en­joy Thanks­giv­ing and take a much­needed break from bas­ket­ball.

Josh Hart had 13 points and 11 re­bounds, Kris Jenkins scored 11 points and No. 2 Vil­lanova knocked off feisty Col­lege of Charleston 6347 on Wed­nes­day night.

The Wild­cats im­proved to 6-0 a sea­son af­ter win­ning the national cham­pi­onship but strug­gled to put away the over­matched Cougars in their fourth game in seven days and their sixth in 13.

“It was not a pretty game,” Wright said. “We just found a way to gut it out.”

Mikal Bridges and Eric Paschall added eight points and five re­bounds apiece for the Wild­cats, who shot just 5 for 17 from 3-point range and 8 for 22 from the field in the sec­ond half.

Jar­rell Brant­ley led Charleston with 18 points and seven re­bounds. The Cougars shot 4 for 22 from 3-point range and com­mit­ted 14 turnovers.

“It’s a good way to learn,” Brant­ley said. “They’re a re­ally good team and do a lot of things right. It will only help.”

Jenkins, who fa­mously hit the ti­tle-win­ning shot to beat North Carolina at the buzzer last April, was held out of the start­ing lineup by Wright be­cause he missed a class. But the se­nior for­ward came in just 3 min­utes into the game and played 28 min­utes, shooting 4 for 7 from the field.

Hart, who won MVP of the 2016 Gil­dan Charleston Clas­sic af­ter lead­ing the Wild­cats to the tour­na­ment ti­tle on Sun­day, also shot 4 for 7 from the field and 2 for 3 from 3-point range.

He was called back into the game in the fi­nal min­utes af­ter Wright ad­mit­ted to putting his walk-ons in too early — not that it both­ered the team’s star se­nior.

“I’m not re­ally wor­ried about min­utes,” said Hart, a Wooden Award can­di­date. “I’d love to play the whole game if the coach lets me.”

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