National Basketball Association
Villanova 83, Canisius 56
When: 1:30 PM ET, Thursday, November 22, 2018
Where: HP Field House, Kissimmee, Florida
Officials: # Rick Crawford, # Zelton Steed, # Bo Boroski
Attendance: N/A

Sophomore forward Dhamir Cosby-Roundtree had career highs with 15 points and 13 rebounds for his first double-double and Phil Booth had 15 points when Villanova beat Canisius 83-56 in the first round of the AdvoCare Invitational in Orlando, Fla., on Thursday.

Villanova (3-2) will oppose Oklahoma State on Friday in the semifinals, and Canisius (1-3) will play Memphis on Friday in the consolation bracket.

Freshman Saddiq Bey had 11 points and eight rebounds, freshman Cole Swider had 11 points including three 3-pointers off the bench and seven different players made treys for the Wildcats. Villanova, who lost their top four scorers from the 2018 NCAA title team, had lost two in a row to fall out of the AP Top 25 for the first since Dec. 2013. They had been ranked for 75 consecutive weeks.

Isaiah Reese had 19 points, 17 in the second half before fouling out, and Takai Molson had 10 points for Canisius, which has lost three in a row. The Golden Griffs are one of the favorites the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference.

Reese made four 3-pointers, three in the first four minutes of the second half when Canisius got within nine points at 46-37. The Wildcats pushed their lead to 19 four minutes later and cruised. Reese, a first-team all-MAAC player last season, also had seven rebounds.

The Wildcats shot 48.3 percent from the field and had a whopping 51-24 rebounding edge, with 18 offensive rebounds leading to 21 second-chance points. They limited the Golden Griffs to 32.7 percent from the field.

Cosby-Roundtree had six points and Booth and Bey hit 3-pointers when the Wildcats opened the game with a 17-8 flurry, a sign of things to come. Villanova went on an 11-0 run keyed by two Bey baskets and a 3-pointer from freshman reserve guard Jahvon Quinerly for a 30-14 edge.

The Wildcats later stretched their lead to 20 points and led 38-26 at half. Canisius had eight field goals, eight turnovers and 10 rebounds in the first half.

--Field Level Media

Top Game Performances
Villanova   Canisius
Phil Booth 15 Scoring Isaiah Reese 19
Joe Cremo 2 Assists Takal Molson 4
Dhamir Cosby-Roundtree 13 Rebounds Isaiah Reese 7
Phil Booth 4 Free Throws Made Dantai St. Louis 4
Dhamir Cosby-Roundtree 3 Steals Malik Johnson 4
Saddiq Bey 1 Blocks Scott Hitchon 1
Team Stats Summary
Team Points FG% 3PM-3PA FTM-FTA Assists Rebounds Blocks Steals Turnovers
Villanova 83 48.3 10-31 15-20 12 48 3 8 17
Canisius 56 32.7 6-23 14-17 11 18 4 9 14