NCAA Game Summary - Navy at Villanova
(Monday, December 22nd)
Final Score: (18) Villanova 78, Navy 68
Villanova, PA (Sports Network) - Dante Cunningham scored 24 points and hauled in 10 rebounds to lead No. 18 Villanova to a 78-68 triumph over Navy.
Scottie Reynolds poured in 23 points for the Wildcats (11-1), who have won three straight games since their lone setback -- a 67-58 loss to Texas on December 9. It was also Villanova's fourth straight win over Navy.
Corey Stokes chipped in 11 points and Antonio Pena had 12 boards, seven points and four assists for Villanova, which had been idle since December 14 when it knocked off Big 5-rival La Salle by a 70-59 final.
Chris Harris dropped a game-best 30 points -- including an 8-of-10 showing from three-point range -- for the Midshipmen (8-4), who have lost two straight and three of four overall. Kaleo Kina ended with 15 points and eight boards in defeat.
Down by 10 with eight minutes left in the game, a three-pointer from Jordan Sugars brought the visitors within 61-54.
Moments later, still down by seven, a three from Adam Teague closed it to 65-61 for Navy.
Kina's free throw made it a one-possession game, 67-64, but two free throws by Pena and one from Cunningham with 1:55 left in the game gave the Wildcats a 70-64 cushion.
The Midshipmen cut it to four with a pair of free throws of their own but managed just one bucket the rest of the way and Villanova ended on an 8-2 run.
Cunningham's jumper capped an 8-0 run 'Nova used to open the contest, and the Wildcats increased that lead to 28-17 late in the first half.
With 6:08 left, though, the Midshipmen staged a 9-1 run that spanned just over four minutes to get back in the game.
Harris' three-pointer sparked the run and Kina followed suit with another three-ball before Cunningham interjected with a free throw to make it 29-23.
Another Harris three closed out the surge with 4:02 remaining to bring Navy within 29-26, but the home team outscored the guests 8-2 to close out the half for a 37-28 advantage.
Romeo Garcia's layup cut Navy's deficit to six points, 41-35, but Villanova's lead hovered around nine points until the midway point of the second half.
Navy's O.J. Avworo doled out seven assists...The Midshipmen are now 3-3 away from their home arena...Villanova is 7-0 at home...Navy owns a 5-4 lead in the all-time series with Villanova...Harris shot 9-of-15 from the field...The Wildcats next play Temple December 29. The Midshipmen next play Longwood December 30.
12/22 22:24:02 ET