Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Vanderbilt and Villanova Advance to Title Game

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Vanderbilt and Villanova Advance to Title Game

Article excerpt

There was not much of an encore by Askia Jones.

Jones, a Kansas State senior coming off a 62-point game against Fresno State in the National Invitation Tournament quarterfinals, managed only 17 points Monday night as the Wildcats lost to Vanderbilt 82-76.

The Commodores (20-11) advanced to Wednesday night's final against Villanova, which moved on by beating Siena 66-58 in Monday's other semifinal contest.

Billy McCaffrey scored 28 points and Ronnie McMahan 27, and each helped guard Jones in Vanderbilt's matchup zone.

"I've been challenged to guard the best off-guard on the other team all year," McMahan said. "I just tried to crowd him, and I thought we did a good job containing him."

Jones, a 6-foot-5 guard who leads Kansas State in scoring at 22 points a game, agreed.

"They scouted us well, and they smothered us well on our screens. I popped out for 3s, but I couldn't get open because they switched so well in their zone. When I did get open enough to shoot some 3s, they were contested. …

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