Men's Basketball: Kent Beats Villanova 81-67 In NIT Second Round

Updated 3/20/2000
Associated Press Writer
VILLANOVA, Pa. (AP) (Mar. 20) -- Kyrem Massey scored 17 points and Demetric Shaw added 12, eight straight in a clinching second-half run, as Kent defeated Villanova 81-67 on March 20 to advance to the third round of the NIT.

Gary Buchanan led Villanova with 20 points and Jermaine Medley had 11. John Whorton added 15 for Kent and Andrew Mitchell had 14.

After trailing the entire game, Villanova got within three points for the first time since the opening minute. A steal by Buchanan and layup by Brooks Sales made the score 52-49 with 13:10 left in the game.

But Kent (23-7) pulled away with a 10-2 spurt minutes later. Shaw scored six straight points to give Kent its biggest lead of the second half, 65-53, with 9:50 left in the game. Shaw nailed a 3-pointer from the wing and sank a free throw to complete a 4-point play.

After Villanova cut it to 65-57, Shaw put back a miss to give Kent a 10-point lead with 5:06 left. Villanova (20-13) never got within single digits the rest of the game.

The Wildcats' two senior starters, Malik Allen and Brian Lynch, combined for 11 points on 5-for-18 shooting. Allen, Villanova's leading scorer at 14.3 points per game, was 4-of-10 for nine points. Lynch was 1-of-8 for two points.

Kent took control early by pressing Villanova, leading to six straight turnovers and a 12-0 lead. Villanova, which committed four turnovers before finally getting the ball across halfcourt, took its first shot 2:27 into the game.

But after its seventh turnover led to a 14-2 deficit, Villanova went on a 14-6 run. Buchanan scored eight straight points at one point for the Wildcats, including consecutive 3-pointers.

Buchanan had 14 points in the first half and finished 7-of-13, including 4-of-6 from 3-point range. Mitchell, who averages 9.6 points per game, had 12 in the first half.

Massey was 8-of-12 and Whorton was 7-of-8 as Kent shot 58 percent (33-of-57).

The teams combined for 35 turnovers, including 23 in the first half. Villanova had 18.

Massey made a spectacular defensive play after Buchanan stole the ball, drove the length of the court, and went up for a layup that would have cut the deficit to six with 8:00 left to play. Massey trailed Buchanan the entire way, leaped behind him and swatted the shot to a trailing teammate.