WASHINGTON - The third-ranked Villanova Wildcats emerged from their bench with 13 minutes, 31 seconds remaining last night and found something bizarre awaiting them - a tight game.
It ended quickly from there, however. The Maryland Terrapins endured the same fate as every other team that faced the Wildcats this season.
After a time-out, Villanova went on an 8-0 run en route a 95-86 victory in the BB&T Classic at the Verizon Center.
The Wildcats are 8-0 for the second straight season.
The second-half run "is going to be something that we can draw on," Villanova coach Jay Wright said. "They were drilling threes. They got great looks. We came right back and separated ourselves. We didn't let them get over the hump."
On a night when Villanova made a season-high 16 three-pointers, that spurt was the difference.
The Terrapins (5-3) opened the second half by making 4 of 6 three-pointers. Their fourth one, by guard Eric Hayes, pulled Maryland within three points at 61-58.
But after Wright called a 30-second time-out, junior guard Corey Fisher made one of his four three-pointers. Then Scottie Reynolds scored four of his team-high 25 points. The senior guard made two foul shots before a layup. And Antonio Pena's free throw expanded the advantage to 11 points.
Villanova also benefited from 23 offensive rebounds and clutch three-pointers.
The Wildcats made 41 percent of their 39 shots from beyond the arc, which broke the school record for three-point attempts. The previous record of 38 was set against Minnesota on Nov. 25, 1994.
Eleven of last night's three-pointers came in the first half.
Junior guard Corey Stokes made 5 of 11 treys and scored 18 points before fouling out with 2:18 remaining. Reynolds and sophomore forward Taylor King (13 points) both made three three-pointers. Freshman guard Maalik Wayns added one.
"They average over 20 [three-point attempts] a game, so it was not that big of a surprise," Maryland coach Gary Williams said. "They just decided to take them all in the first half. It's hard making these things. And if you're making them, you keep taking them."
The victory gave Villanova a 3-1 all-time edge over Maryland. The last meeting in the series had been Feb. 1, 1986.
Sean Mosley led Maryland with 26 points.
It didn't take long to realize Villanova would benefit from its three-pointers.
The Wildcats led by 17-6 after Reynolds made their fifth trey with 13:48 remaining in the first half. Their 10th three - made by Stokes - made it 40-29 with 4:30 left before intermission. Villanova led by 49-38 at halftime.
This game was a homecoming for the Wildcats' Reynolds (Herndon, Va.), freshman forward/center Maurice Sutton (Largo, Md.), and freshman forward Isaiah Armwood (Baltimore).
Freshman center Mouphtaou Yarou, who is out after contracting hepatitis B, was a high school teammate of Armwood's last year at Montrose Christian (Rockville, Md.).