Ar­cidi­a­cono’s 18 helps Wild­cats rally past Pur­due

The Advance of Bucks County - - SPORTS -

NEW YORK, N.Y. – FacLnJ D VHYHn-SRLnW GH­fiFLW with ex­actly one minute re­main­ing in reg­u­la­tion, Vil­lanova staged a spir­ited rally to force over­time against Pur­due en route to a stir­ring 89-81 tri­umph Thurs­day night, Nov. 15 at Madi­son Square Garden in a 2K 6SRUWV CODVVLF VHPLfinDO.

Sopho­more Dar­run Hil­liard net­ted a ca­reer-high 22 points, in­clud­ing sev­eral key shots in the come­back, and Langhorne’s own Wild­cat Ryan Ar­cidi­a­cono contributed 18 more for Vil­lanova, which pushed its way to 3-0.

“I liked the way we kept fiJKWLnJ DJDLnVW D WRuJK Pur­due team,” stated Vil­lanova head coach Jay Wright. “That was a tough, phys­i­cal game be­tween two young teams. It wasn’t pretty but it was a good step for our team.”

Pur­due took an early 6-3 lead be­fore Vil­lanova bounced back with an 8-0 run sparked by a 3-point goal from James Bell and a tra­di­tional 3-point play from sopho­more JayVaughn Pinkston. The `Cats pushed the ad­van­tage to 2013 be­fore the Boil­er­mak­ers re­sponded with a 9-0 run of its own to even the score with 6:14 to play in the half.

But Ar­cidi­a­cono con­nected on a 3-point goal to give Vil­lanova back the lead, 2522. Then, when the fresh­man guard and prod­uct of Ne­shaminy High School went to the bench af­ter pick­ing up his sec­ond foul of the con­test with 2:51 to play in the pe­riod, the `Cats built on the lead, thanks to the work of Pinkston, who FORVHG WKH fiUVW KDOI wLWK nine points.

Vil­lanova con­nected on 12-RI-27 (.444) RI LWV fiUVW KDOI fiHOG JRDOV DnG KHOG its own on the boards, col­lect­ing one fewer than the Boil­er­mak­ers (22-21). The `Cats held Pur­due to .342 VKRRWLnJ Ln WKH fiUVW KDOI but were harmed by nine turnovers in the pe­riod. The Wild­cats outscored Pur­due 14-6 in ex­tra time. Ar­cidi­a­cono ended up shoot­ing 3-RI-14 IURP WKH fiHOG.

,n KLV fiUVW WwR JDPHV for Nova, the fresh­man from Langhorne shot .500 IURP WKH fiHOG, LnFOuGLnJ a 25-point per­for­mance against Mar­shall. Against Alabama in the 2K Sports Clas­sic, he shot 3-of-11 IURP WKH fiHOG DnG wDV 1-RI8 from three-point range.

AIWHU wLn­nLnJ WKHLU fiUVW three games, the Wild­cats have lost three straight to the Crim­son Tide, Columbia and LaSalle.

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Photo courtesy Vil­lanova Ath­let­ics

Ne­shaminy High School prod­uct Ryan Ar­cidi­a­cono, of Langhorne, has got­ten off to a good start at Vil­lanova.

Ryan Ar­cidi­a­cono

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