It all started in the first half where the Cats jumped out to a 25 point lead with six minutes left in the first half. This was caused by a clinic from behind the arc as Nova shot 8-14 (57%) from deep. They tacked that on to an even more impressive 68% shooting from the field.
Jalen Brunson and Mikal Bridges combined for 22 of Villanova’s 44 points in the first half.
Defensively, the Wildcats were also too much for Radford in the first half. The Highlanders were held to just 27% shooting and 23 total points after the first 20 minutes. The halftime score was an astounding 44-23 Villanova lead.
The second half was more of the same for the Wildcats. At the 10 minute mark of the second half, Villanova opened up a 31 point lead. The biggest lead of the game for Nova was 33 with nine minutes left in the game.
The Wildcats shot almost 60% from the field in the game. On top of that, every starter and six total players scored double digits. If they continue to shoot this way they will be nearly impossible to defeat in the tournament.
The Hightoppers were just no match for the Wildcats. Their leading scorer, Donald Hicks, had just 13 points as Radford scored 61 points in the game. They also only shot 33.9% from the field in an underwhelming performance.
The final score was 87-61 Villanova in an impressive start to their NCAA tournament run.