VILLANOVA, Pa. (AP) -Villanova coach Jay Wright was searching for any reason to call a timeout.
He never needed one. Not when the No. 5 Wildcats played a near-flawless game.
Maalik Wayns scored 16 points, Corey Stokes, Scottie Reynolds and Taylor King each added 14 and Villanova had no trouble in a 103-65 rout against city rival Pennsylvania on Monday night.
Corey Fisher scored 13 and Antonio Pena contributed 12 points and 10 rebounds for the balanced Wildcats (2-0), who have won 19 of their last 20 games in Big Five play also encompassing Temple, La Salle and Saint Josephs. Villanova has now won seven straight over Penn.
``We kept playing well,' Wright said. ``If we stopped playing, I kept thinking of calling a timeout. We kept playing. It was fun to be a part of that.'
Wright has won 302 games with Villanova (2001-present) and Hofstra (1994-2001) and he couldnt recall one of those games where he went without a timeout.
``I don't think I have,' Wright said. ``Hey, they just kept making really good plays.'
The Wildcats won their 30th in a row at The Pavilion, their cozy 6,500-seat on-campus arena. The streak began with a 102-87 victory over Notre Dame on Jan. 17, 2007.
Ten Villanova players scored, nine in the first half alone.
``When I go in the game, I just want to contribute as much as I can,' said King, who sat out last season after transferring from Duke.
Darren Smith scored 21 points and Rob Belcore added 16 for Penn (0-2), which dropped its season opener to NIT champion Penn State last Friday.
The Quakers have lost all seven career meetings on Villanova's home court.
``We can play a better game,' said Penn coach Glen Miller. ``It just snowballed on us. We couldnt keep up with them.'
Tyler Bernardini, Penn's leading returning scorer at 13.7 points, was held scoreless on 0-for-3 shooting.
Miller said after the game that Bernardini injured his right foot and will undergo an MRI on Tuesday.
With Ed Pinckney - Villanova's Most Valuable Player from its 1985 national championship team - looking on from the baseline, the 2009-10 version raced to a 55-25 advantage at halftime. This was more reminiscent of Villanova's Final Four team from last season rather than the team which struggled against Fairleigh Dickinson in the season-opening game last Friday. The Wildcats held a slim 35-34 lead at halftime and then pulled away for an 84-61 victory.
Villanova used a suffocating halfcourt trap to fluster the Quakers early and often. It worked as the Wildcats forced 10 turnovers and limited Penn to 7-for-27 shooting, 4-of-17 from 3-point range in the first half.
``We want a slower pace,' Miller said.
The game was never close after halftime.
In fact, Villanova kept the pressure on with seven straight points to begin the second half - a jumper by Fisher, a 3-pointer by Fisher and a dunk by Pena - to take a commanding 62-25 lead.
That was certainly more than enough as the Wildcats shot 59 percent from the field.
``There was nothing they could do,' Wright said. ``I actually felt for them.'
Villanova, which was 13-0 at home last season, leads 39-18 in the all-time series against Penn. Penn's last win came on Dec. 10, 2002 at the Palestra.
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