PROVIDENCE, R.I. -- Quick postgame thoughts after Villanova’s 73-70 overtime win over Robert Morris Thursday at the Dunk:
Villanova couldn’t have played worse and won an overtime first-round game. Couldn’t have played worse and still won.
Reynolds didn’t make a 3-pointer until the final 70 seconds of overtime. The 3-pointer gave the Wildcats a six-point lead and it came with one second left on the shot clock.
Villanova couldn’t find Robert Morris’ Karon Abraham for most of the game as he continued to keep the Colonials either out front or in the game. But they did a great job of hiding him on the final possession and preventing him from getting off a potential game-tying shot.
Abraham is the star of this game, a real find as a freshman for RMU coach Mike Rice. Abraham made deep 3s, got to the line and found a way to the hole. Another gem was the defense turned in by Dallas Green. He had a few blocks and defensive stops that were key in putting RMU in position to possibly win.
Rice had a right to be a bit upset over some of the calls. This is a once in a lifetime kind of deal for a 15 seed to pull off an upset like this over a 2 and a major power like Villanova. The Colonials were so close but couldn’t win it overtime. You could sense it was going to go against RMU in overtime. Villanova flipped the switch to win the game.
The crowd had a nice moment giving both teams a standing ovation, especially the Villanova fans. It was a class act. Rice also went over to the crowd to clap for the RMU fans giving a great effort themselves.
Villanova may have found its inside game with Mouphtaou Yarou. But it’s still not a strength.
I still don’t understand why Reggie Reading didn’t just score the ball and put Nova up five instead of trying to dribble out the clock. He gave RMU another possession and a chance to tie the game.
Stats to remember: Reynolds was 2-of-15 shooting and just 1-of-8 on 3s. But he was 15-of-16 at the line. Very strange numbers.
Abraham scored 23 points and made five 3s.