December 1, 2020 –
The Villanova Wildcats got another game in Bubbleville, this one against the Hartford Hawks. Originally, the Wildcats were scheduled to play the Hawks of Saint Joseph’s but wound up meeting the Hawks from Hartford. Villanova concluded their trip to Connecticut with an 87 – 53 win over Hartford. In this contest it was the bench that shined for the Wildcats.
The substitutes put 40 points on the board led by Eric Dixon who had a double-double with 14 points and 10 rebounds. He made 6 of 10 from the floor and made both of his foul shots. The freshman forward from Willow Grove took down 6 offensive rebounds. Dixon felt his performance was just a part of the team game.
“My teammates got me the ball where I’m comfortable and I just wanted to make the right play and the right decision,” said Dixon.
Other non-starters who broke double digits were Brandon Slater and Cole Swider who had 13 points each. Swider sank three from beyond the arc. As a team Nova made 15 three-point baskets.
Justin Moore led all scorers with 15 points and handed out a game-best 5 assists.
Starters Caleb Daniels and Collin Gillespie scored in double-figures while Jeremiah Robinson-Earl pulled down 10 rebounds. They played an integral part in the team success.
“I was proud of those guys, specifically proud of Jermaine Samuels and Collin (Gillespie) and Jeremiah Robinson-Earl who came into the game to defend and set everybody up,” said Villanova Coach Jay Wright. “A lot of guys who go into a game and say they want to get their points after a tough game against Virginia Tech. They did all of the little things and allowed those guys to play well. It was good to get those guys those minutes.”
Hartford, coached by Delaware County native, John Gallagher, was led by Traci Carter, a Philadelphian and transfer from La Salle, with 13 points.
Villanova will not play another game in Uncasville in this series. They are on their way back to the Main Line. The next game on the schedule is a Sunday game at Texas.
“I’m sure they’re praying that I don’t call back and say we’re staying for another two days,” Wright said. “Everything here was great, but I think they want to go home. It was a good finish to a great trip.”
Written By: Glenn Papazian