Golfer Colin Montgomerie is one of the more famous graduates of Houston Baptist, and being a golf aficionado, Jay Wright probably would love to get some pointers from Montgomerie someday.
But Wright's primary game is basketball, and his Villanova Wildcats gave some lessons of their own last night to the Huskies, in only their second year playing at the NCAA Division I level.
The 17th-ranked Wildcats had things pretty much their own way, getting a season-high 23 points from Scottie Reynolds and a career-high 22 from Corey Stokes in a 93-57 victory at the Pavilion to improve their record to 8-0.
Late in the summer, Villanova needed a game to fill out its schedule and finally found last night's opponent in September.
"We needed a game late and we couldn't get one," Wright said. ". . . Then somebody canceled with Houston Baptist and we found out they needed a game.
"There was an issue, being that this was their second year of Division I, whether it counted as a Division I game, so that delayed it some, but it does."
The Wildcats, who shot 56.4 percent from the field, kept it workmanlike last night against the Huskies (0-7). They were happy to finally get Reynolds going, given that the junior had made only 34.3 percent of his field-goal attempts coming into the game.
Reynolds went 8 of 13 from the field and 4 of 7 from three-point land. He added six assists and two steals.
"I'm really excited about the way he has been playing," Wright said. ". . . He's been playing like a great leader and an outstanding point guard this whole season.
"He and I talked today about how our team is playing well because he and Dante [Cunningham] are the leaders. He's not making shots, and he's still playing defense and rebounding. He's doing everything, and it's not changing his demeanor at all. So it was great to see him get his shot back."
Reynolds said he has to lead the younger guards, particularly Corey Fisher and Stokes.
"I have to set the example every night," he said. "So if I'm not hitting shots, and I'm having my head down, then what are Fish and Stokes looking at? If I'm not hitting shots, and my team is still winning, and I'm having a good attitude, that's what it's about."
Probably the Wildcats' biggest goal coming in was to avoid injuries. That went out the window when Shane Clark rolled his right ankle battling for a rebound with 13 minutes, 39 seconds left in the second half.
"He could have gone back," Wright said. "I just didn't want to put him back in."
Senior Dwayne Anderson, who had a sore left foot after Tuesday night's win over Penn, was in uniform last night but did not play. Anderson had missed the season's first six games with a stress fracture in the foot.
The Huskies were a successful NAIA team before deciding to step up to Division I. Their roster includes nine transfers, five from Division I schools. Baron Sauls, who used to play for Texas-Arlington, led his team with 22 points.
The Wildcats now can rest for two difficult games next week - a matchup Tuesday against eighth-ranked Texas in the Jimmy V Classic at Madison Square Garden and a Big Five battle Thursday versus St. Joseph's at the Pavilion.