Villanova committed 23 turnovers Saturday and fell to The Netherlands, 75-63, in Almere, The Netherlands, in the fourth game (1-3) of their five-game European trip. Junior point guard Malik Wayns and junior center Mouphtaou Yarou led the Wildcats with 15 points each. Sophomore guard James Bell added nine points.
Villanova closes out the trip Sunday at Georgia (9 a.m.).
Trailing by six at the half, Villanova allowed The Netherlands to go on a 7-0 run to start the second half.
“I thought we may have been a little tired on our fourth game in five nights but they were good,” said Villanova coach Jay Wright. “This was very valuable for us – playing against experienced guys in front of their home crowd. I think what young guys learn playing in the Big East is how physical the games are. Our young guys are learning this before we get to the Big East.”
“We couldn’t score in the third [quarter] and it wasn’t just that – we were turning the ball over and giving up easy baskets. Actually, we probably played as well defensively as we have on this trip. Their defense, though, was tremendous.”
They were too good of a team for us to turn them over. Mouph and Markus did a great job of battling their big guys. Our guards just could not get us into offense and you have to give their guards credit because they trapped and pressured the ball extremely well.”<p>