Men's Basketball Cannot Catch No. 12 Villanova, 65-53

Box Score (PDF)/ Post-Game Quotes

PHILADELPHIA - The story on Wednesday night's Penn-Villanova men's basketballgameat The Palestra? Corey Stokes.

The Wildcat senior's career-high point total entering Wednesday night's game was 22 points. He shattered that mark and was a constant dagger in the Quakers' side, finishing the night with 34 points as 12th-ranked Villanova topped Penn, 65-53.

Penn used a 10-2 run midway through the first half to turn a 14-7 deficit into a 17-16 lead. The Quakers gained their only lead of the night when freshman Miles Cartwright stole the ball from Antonio Pena and laid it up at the other end.

Enter Stokes.

Maalik Wayns put Villanova back ahead with a layup, and then the senior shooting guard went to work. He hit a three, and then another, and suddenly the Wildcats were back up by seven. They never trailed again. (For the night, Stokes went 11-of-15 from the field, making five of his nine three-point attempts, and hit 7-of-8 from the foul line.)

Penn fought valiantly throughout, and on a night when Villanova struggled to find an offensive flow outside of Stokes this game could have been there for the taking. However, the Quakers missed just enough open jumpers and were unable to convert opportunities for free points all game long -- witness their 7-of-15 performance from the foul line.

Villanova's lead was never more than 13 in the second half, and never less than six. For the most part, the teams were content to trade points over the final 20 minutes.

Zack Rosen had another big game for Penn, leading the way with his second straight 20-point game. He also had five assists. Jack Eggleston entered the contest needing 17 points to reach 1,000 for his career, but he finished just shy of the mark with 12. He also filled the box score with five rebounds, three assists and two steals in playing all 40 minutes. They were the only Penn players in double figures.

For Villanova, Stokes was aided by Antonio Pena, who was the only other Wildcats player to score in double figures (16 points) and alsofinished with eight rebounds and four steals. Corey Fisher, who did not start the game but played 37 minutes, had six assists and five steals, but turned it over five times. As a team, The Wildcats committed an uncharacteristic 16 turnovers.

Penn is now off for two full weeks due to the University's exam period. The Quakers will next be in action on December 22, when they are at Delaware for an 8:30 p.m. tipoff.

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