Tampa, FL (AP) - Corey Stokes scored 19 of his 22 points in
the second half, helping No. 7 Villanova pull away to an 83-71
victory over South Florida on Thursday night.
Dominic Cheek had 17 points and Maalik Wayns added 16 to help
the Wildcats (13-1, 2-0 Big East) win for the eighth straight time
since losing to Tennessee in the final of the NIT Season Tip-off.
USF (6-10, 0-3) has dropped five straight despite showing signs of
Villanova shot 75 percent from 3-point range, with Stokes and
Cheek making all nine of the shots they attempted behind the arc.
Limited to three points while only taking two shots in the
opening half, Stokes made a pair of 3-pointers during a 9-0 spurt
that put Villanova in control for good. Cheek finished the burst
with a 3-pointer that put the Wildcats up 63-51 with 8 minutes to
The closest USF got down the stretch was seven points. Augustus
Gilchrist led the Bulls with 16 points and 10 rebounds.
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