Posted: Mar 18, 2010 1:28 PM by Bea Karnes, News First 5
Scottie Reynolds responded to his benching with a solid performance at the foul line, and second-seeded Villanova survived a scare from Robert Morris in a 73-70 overtime win Thursday in the NCAA tournament.
Coach Jay Wright benched his senior star to make a "teaching point." Reynolds missed 13 of 15 shots from the floor, but he made seven of eight free throws in the final 3:06 of regulation to send the game into overtime.
Reynolds finished with 20 points for the Wildcats (25-7), who hung on as they try and make the Final Four for the second straight season. Karon Abraham scored 23 for Robert Morris (23-13), which appeared on the brink of becoming only the fifth No. 15 seed to beat a No. 1 and the first since 2001.
Abraham let fly a 25-footer in OT that cut it to 71-70 with 10.2 seconds left, but an off-balance 3 at the buzzer was no good. The Colonials left the court to a standing ovation.