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Villanova 71, Tennessee 53

(AP Photo/Laurence Kesterson)

By PAT EATON-ROBB
AP Sports Writer

UNCASVILLE, Conn. - The game between Villanova and Tennessee was billed as a classic matchup between the Wildcats veteran leader, Collin Gillespie, and the Volunteers' young star-of-the-future, Kennedy Chandler.

This one went to the old man.

Gillespie, Jermain Samuels, and Brandon Slater each scored 14 points as No. 5 Villanova eased to a 71-53 win over No. 17 Tennessee in the opening round of the Hall of Fame Tip-Off tournament.

Justin Moore added 13 points for the Wildcats (3-1), who had a 20-point lead at halftime.

Santiago Vescovi scored 23 points for Tennessee (2-1), which had opened the season with lopsided wins over Tennessee-Martin and East Tennessee. He was the only Volunteer to get to double figures. Chandler was held to six points on 1-of-9 shooting.

"When you're that guy (Gillespie) they are coming at every night and you're trying to just lead your team and not get into a one-on-one, that's a hard thing to do," Villanova coach Jay Wright said.

Villanova scored the game's first nine points, holding Tennessee without a basket for over six minutes. The Volunteers missed their first six shots before Vescovi made a 3-pointer from the right wing.

A dunk from Samuels, who had 11 rebounds, on a lob pass from Justin Moore capped a 14-0 first-half run that pushed the Villanova lead to 33-11. A break-away dunk by Moore just before the halftime buzzer sent the Wildcats into intermission with a 35-15 lead.

Vescovi tried to get the Vols back into the game by himself n the second half, scoring all eight points during a Tennessee run that cut a 22-point deficit to 17. But he picked up his fourth foul a few seconds later and the Wildcats' lead was never challenged.


Villanova
Player Pos Min FG-FGA FT-FTA 3P-3PA OR-TR Ast Blk Stl TO PF Pts
J. Samuels F 31 6-10 0-0 2-4 4-11 0 1 0 2 2 14
E. Dixon F 26 3-9 0-0 0-0 2-5 1 1 2 0 4 6
B. Slater F 22 5-8 3-4 1-3 0-3 0 0 1 1 4 14
J. Moore G 34 5-18 2-2 1-5 2-7 6 0 2 3 3 13
C. Gillespie G 32 3-10 6-8 2-7 1-3 4 0 2 1 2 14
C. Arcidiacono   23 1-3 0-0 1-2 0-1 2 0 0 0 0 3
C. Daniels   18 2-6 2-2 1-2 0-4 0 0 1 0 3 7
J. Longino   10 0-1 0-0 0-1 1-2 1 1 0 0 0 0
T. Patterson   3 0-1 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0
N. Njoku   1 0-1 0-0 0-0 1-2 0 0 0 0 1 0
Totals   200 25-67
(.373)
13-16
(.813)
8-24
(.333)
14-41 14 3 8 7 19 71


Tennessee
Player Pos Min FG-FGA FT-FTA 3P-3PA OR-TR Ast Blk Stl TO PF Pts
O. Nkamhoua F 27 0-2 0-0 0-0 2-6 1 0 0 2 3 0
J. Fulkerson F 22 2-2 0-1 0-0 2-4 0 1 0 3 1 4
J. James G 27 1-8 0-0 0-6 1-5 1 0 1 2 3 2
S. Vescovi G 27 7-17 5-5 4-12 2-6 1 0 3 3 4 23
K. Chandler G 25 1-9 4-4 0-2 0-3 2 1 0 3 3 6
V. Bailey Jr.   23 1-5 0-0 0-4 0-0 0 0 0 1 0 2
J. Powell   18 2-6 1-2 0-3 0-1 2 0 0 0 1 5
B. Huntley-Hatfield   12 1-1 0-1 0-0 0-2 0 0 0 0 0 2
Z. Zeigler   7 3-4 0-0 1-1 0-1 1 0 0 2 0 7
J. Mashack   5 1-2 0-0 0-0 2-2 1 1 0 0 1 2
U. Plavsic   5 0-0 0-0 0-0 1-2 0 0 0 2 3 0
J. Aidoo   2 0-1 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Totals   200 19-57
(.333)
10-13
(.769)
5-28
(.179)
12-39 9 3 4 18 19 53
Officials: Terry Weymer, Earl Walton, Robert Riley




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