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Villanova gets shot down as its shots won't go down

By John Vogl

Villanova had a fantastic second half in the opening game of the NCAA Tournament, pouring in 46 points to run away from Milwaukee. When the Wildcats opened 5 of 8 with two three-pointers against Connecticut, it looked like more of the same.

Instead, the offense disappeared -- and so did a 19-9 lead. Villanova missed 10 straight shots and had 15 scoreless possessions in a row as the Huskies climbed back and earned a 77-65 victory in First Niagara Center.

"Our main focus is defense," Wildcats guard James Bell said. "Did we even know we missed 15 straight or went 15 straight possessions? No. I mean, probably could have taken a little better shots."

Villanova shot just 35.3 percent from the field and was just 7 for 20 on two-point shots.

"I really thought we were going to shoot the ball well," coach Jay Wright said. "I don't think they came out really agressive, but once we went on that little run, they stepped up the defense big-time. They really stepped it up."


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