Game recap: Villanova kicks off the new season with a bang

For the first time in 8 Months, College Basketball filled our TV screens after a lengthy pause. On Thanksgiving eve, the Villanova Wildcats took on Boston College Eagles in the Semifinals of the 2K Empire Classic from the Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, CT.

How Villanova won:

Villanova came out and scored the opening 5 points before Boston College would make a run to tie the game at 5. The Wildcats would at one point get the lead up to 9 at 22-13 with 9 minutes left. With 3 minutes left in the half, The Eagles took their first lead of game at 30-29 before going into the half with a tie.

Early in the second half, Boston College jumped on the Wildcats, getting the lead up to 8. Villanova would slowly cut into the lead and retook it at 59-58 with 8:56 left. Down the stretch, the Wildcats would make things difficult for the Eagles, with Jeremiah Robinson-Earl leading the charge in the comeback. Villanova would go on to a 76-67 win for their first of the season.

Highlights:

Postgame

The Player of the game was Villanova’s Jeremiah Robinson-Earl who scored 18 points with 10 rebounds. 14 of his 18 points came in the 2nd half. The leading scorer for Boston College was Jay Heath with 16 points.

During the game, Colin Gillespie would hit 1,000 career points and becomes the 68th player in program history to hit 1,000 career points

Press Conference reaction:

Jay Wright:

Villanova Jeremiah Robinson -Earl 

Coming up next:

Villanova will head to the Championship game of the 2K Empire Classic on Thanksgiving Night against Arizona State at 9:30 PM on ESPN

Photo by Rich Graessle/Icon Sportswire

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