- Associated Press - Saturday, February 5, 2011

PHILADELPHIA (AP) - Jay Wright knows all about the agony of crafting gameplans to stop the top guards in the conference.

He takes some relief in knowing he’s not the coach who has to shut down the duo in Villanova’s backcourt. Maalik Wayns and Corey Fisher may be the best combination in the Big East _ and why the No. 12 Wildcats are always so dangerous.

Wayns scored 17 points and Fisher had 16 to help the Wildcats pull away late in a sluggish game, beating No. 25 West Virginia 66-50 on Saturday.

“I think these guys are the best, I really do,” Wright said. “I wouldn’t trade these two guards for anybody. Anybody.”

The Wildcats (19-4, 7-3 Big East) finally got hot late in the second half to break open a boring first 30 minutes. The Wildcats led 45-40 midway through the second, then went on a 19-3 run to coast toward their second straight win.

Wayns, Fisher and Corey Stokes all hit 3s during the spurt and the Wildcats were sensational from the field. They were 25 of 46 (54 percent) in numbers bolstered during the run.

Kevin Jones scored 16 points and John Flowers had 15 for the Mountaineers (15-7, 6-4).

Fisher and Wayns shot a combined 12 of 19 out of the backcourt and had nine assists.

Wayns has come off the bench the last three games, a demotion that certainly wasn’t a punishment, but a need for the Wildcats to get bigger in the starting lineup.

“He knows he’s playing starting minutes,” Wright said. “And it’s helped us.”

Wayns never complained and still shares the backcourt with Fisher.

“It’s the same mindset, I’ve got to get a lot better defending and rebounding,” Wayns said. “My team needs me to defend and rebound so we can be a good team, then that’s what I’ve got to do.”

When he said he wasn’t worried about scoring, Wright interjected, “But we need the 17 points.”

Neither team could find much of a groove in an ugly and physical game. Clock malfunctions, blood spills and poor shooting early made it a long day at Villanova’s off-campus NBA home.

While Wayns and Fisher had help from their teammates, West Virginia could not overcome lengthy scoring droughts that derailed a two-game winning streak.

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