But the Red Storm dealt the Wildcats their only home defeat, last February at the Wells Fargo Center, with a major contribution from Shamorie Ponds, who scored 26 points and controlled the game for the better part of 40 minutes.
The Red Storm return Tuesday night, this time at the renovated Finneran Pavilion, to take on ‘Nova (11-4, 2-0 Big East), and Ponds is playing even better.
“He’s become more efficient as a scorer, but he’s also become a great distributor,” Villanova coach Jay Wright said after practice Monday.
Senior forward Eric Paschall said that Ponds, a 6-foot-1 junior who was the Big East’s preseason player of the year,, has become a better decision-maker who gets everyone involved, but that he’s also dangerous as a scorer as evidenced by his 37 points in an overtime win Saturday at Georgetown.
Two transfers in their first season of competition, forward Mustapha Heron (Auburn) and swingman L.J.
Wright said the start of the conference season shows “it’s definitely going to be one of the most wide-open races we’ve had since the new Big East started.” But he had a favor to ask of the league hierarchy.
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