Bearcats Fall To Villanova, 71-50
gobearcats.COM Alvin Mitchell shoots past Villanova's Dante Cunningham
Alvin Mitchell shoots past Villanova's Dante Cunningham

Feb. 1, 2009

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PHILADELPHIA (AP) -Dante Cunningham scored 21 points, Scottie Reynolds added 11 and No. 21 Villanova rallied from an early deficit for a 71-50 victory over Cincinnati on Sunday.

Corey Fisher also had 11 for the Wildcats (17-4, 5-3 Big East), who won their third straight thanks to 51 percent shooting.

Villanova also extended its winning streak to 25 at The Pavilion, its 6,500-seat on-campus arena. The last loss for the Wildcats at the arena was Jan. 6, 2007, when they fell to DePaul, 73-65. The streak began with a 102-87 win over Notre Dame on Jan. 17, 2007.

Alvin Mitchell scored 15 points and Yancy Gates added nine for Cincinnati (14-8, 4-5), which had won two in a row.

A jumper by Mitchell got Cincinnati within 45-39 with 13:13 remaining before Villanova went on a 12-0 run to take a 57-39 advantage with 7:25 left.

Fisher and Corey Stokes each had four points during the key spurt and helped the Wildcats improve to 16-0 against unranked opponents this season.

Cincinnati was hurt by 18 turnovers and 29 percent shooting (17-for-59).

Villanova, which was coming off 67-57 win over No. 3 Pittsburgh on Wednesday, struggled from beyond the arc early and Cincinnati took a 26-19 lead on a three-point play by Gates with 5:09 remaining in the first half.

But Villanova closed the half on an 11-3 run capped off when Reynolds drove for a layup with 4.4 seconds left gave the Wildcats a 30-29 advantage at the break.

Villanova missed all six of its 3-pointers in the first half.