By Harry Allison
Mikal Bridges set a Villanova record by hitting all six of his 3-pointers and scored 24 points in the No. 5 Cats’ 104-57 rout of Lafayette.
Jalen Brunson added 22 points and hit 4 of 6 3s in another dominant performance by the Wildcats (3-0), who made 16 of 30 from long range.
Three nights after setting a school record with 13 blocked shots in a blowout of Nicholls, the versatile and deep Wildcats showed another strength and overwhelmed the Leopards (0-3).
Led by Bridges’ 4 of 4 long-distance shooting, Villanova hit 11 of its first 14 3s in racing to a 39-16 lead. The Wildcats had a stretch of nine straight baskets being 3s en route to a 56-23 halftime lead.
Matt Klinewski had 16 points and six rebounds for Lafayette, which was 7 of 29 from 3-point range.
Bridges finished 9 of 10 from the field before he sat out the final 10 minutes. The junior bested his previous career-high by one point set Tuesday.
While it was a Villanova home game, it was played about 50 miles from campus at the PPL Center, home of minor league hockey’s Lehigh Valley Phantoms. It was a 20-mile drive for Lafayette, but the Wildcats sure seemed at home.
Omari Spellman (above) had 15 points and nine rebounds and Eric Paschall had 14 points and eight boards.