No. 5 'Nova beats Ole Miss 79-67 in Puerto Rico

By Jeff Shepard – bio | email

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) - Scottie Reynolds scored 21 points, Corey Stokes added 18 and No. 5 Villanova beat Mississippi 79-67 on Sunday to win the Puerto Rico Tip-Off.

Antonio Pena added 17 points and 16 rebounds for the Wildcats (5-0), who did nothing to diminish their status as favorites in the Big East during their trip to the Caribbean.

Villanova used an 8-0 run in the opening minutes Sunday night and led 27-23 at halftime, holding the Rebels (4-1) to only 29.6 percent shooting from the field.

Villanova wound up shooting 41.5 percent and outscored Ole Miss 36-18 in the paint, and the Rebels were just 12 of 21 (57.1 percent) from the foul line.

Chris Warren led Mississippi with a game-high 24 points. Terrico White added 14 points and nine rebounds off the bench, and Murphy Holloway finished with 10 points.

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