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(Wednesday, February 24th)
Final Score: (7) Villanova 74, South Florida 49
Villanova, PA (Sports Network) - Scottie Reynolds scored a game-high 21 points on senior night at the Pavilion, guiding No. 7 Villanova to a 74-49 victory over South Florida in a Big East tilt.
Antonio Pena added 14 points and Corey Stokes 11, as the Wildcats (23-4, 12-3 Big East) snapped its first losing streak since March 2008 -- a two-game skid.
Villanova next visits conference leader Syracuse on Saturday in what may likely determine which program gets a top seed in the NCAA Tournament next month.
Dominique Jones and Mike Mercer tallied 12 and 11 points, respectively, for the Bulls (16-11, 6-9), who turned the ball over 23 times and fell to 1-4 since wins over Pittsburgh and Georgetown.
Villanova, coming off losses to Connecticut and Pittsburgh, started out strong, as a Corey Fisher bucket yielded an 8-0 lead less than four minutes into the game.
South Florida hung tough and was within 16-14 on Augustus Gilchrist's tip-in near the midway point, but Stokes drained back-to-back three-pointers to pump the lead back to eight.
The halftime margin was 36-25 in favor of the hosts, and the closest the Bulls got in the second half was six, 43-37, following a Jones three-ball less than six minutes into the stanza.
Reynolds' make from behind the arc sparked a game-sealing 14-4 stretch, culminated in Dominic Cheek's dunk for a 57-41 lead with 7 1/2 minutes to play.
The rest of the game was played as an ode to the Villanova seniors (Reynolds, Reggie Redding and Russell Wooten), who currently rank second in school history with 97 career wins.
The Wildcats have beaten the Bulls all four times they have played them... 'Nova has won 37 straight at the Pavilion...Cheek ended with eight points for the Wildcats, who shot 54.2 percent in the first half and outscored the Bulls in the paint, 40-18.
02/25 00:08:38 ET