USC Falls to Villanova in Bahamas Opener, 93-79

    Pe'Shon Howard had a game-high 23 points versus Villanova.

    Nov. 28, 2013

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    PARADISE ISLAND, Bahamas (AP) - Pe'Shon Howard had a game-high 23 points, but USC fell to Villanova 93-79 in the Quarterfinals of the Battle 4 Atlantis.

    Maybe it was being 2,500 miles from home or playing a game that started at 10 a.m. Los Angeles time, but for whatever reason, the Trojans weren't sharp in the opening minutes. Villanova got two deflections and a steal on the game's first possession to set the tone for a first half where the Wildcats were pretty much in control throughout.

    Early leads of 11-2, 17-8 and 27-18 seemed to have Villanova poised to pull away. But the Trojans kept sticking around, and Howard's three-point play with 6:29 left in the half got USC within 27-26.

    Ryan Arcidiacono scored all 14 of his points in the first half for the Wildcats. Dylan Ennis, who had not played this season because of a broken right hand, scored 14 more on 4 for 5 shooting for Villanova, which got 12 from JayVaughn Pinkston.

    Arcidiacono made three jumpers in the span of 76 seconds, one coming after he head-faked Chass Bryan into leaping past him before making a right-wing jumper and the last of them being a 3-pointer that gave Villanova its first double-digit lead of the day at 38-28. The lead grew to 14 late in the half when Ennis hit a 3-pointer, Villanova's eighth in the first 20 minutes.

    Villanova (5-0) will play either No. 2 Kansas or Wake Forest in Friday's semifinals. USC (4-2) will meet the other in the consolation round.