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TOP-RANKED ’NOVA WINS 17TH STRIGHT

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vil­lanova, pa.» Josh Hart shook off a slow start to score 26 points and lead No. 1 Vil­lanova to its 17th straight win, 78-57 over Tem­ple on Tues­day night.

The Wild­cats haven’t lost since the Big East cham­pi­onship game. They won six straight in the post­sea­son to win the NCAA cham­pi­onship and have been flaw­less this sea­son. The Wild­cats fat­tened their record against Philly teams and fin­ished 4-0 in the Big 5 city series.

Hart missed his first five shots af­ter miss­ing four to­tal shots in a 37-point ef­fort last week against Notre Dame. He hit a run­ner at the first-half buzzer to spark a sen­sa­tional sec­ond half. Hart’s con­sec­u­tive 3s made it 49-31 and blew the game open.

TUES­DAY’S HIGH­LIGHT

Fresh­man Jar­ron Cum­ber­land scored a ca­reer-high 18 points — all in the sec­ond half — as No. 25 Cincin­nati pulled away to its most lop­sided vic­tory of the sea­son, 96-58 over Texas South­ern.

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lit­tle rock, ark.» Vic­to­ria Vi­vians scored 17 points as No. 5 Mis­sis­sippi State pulled away in the fourth quar­ter for a 58-44 vic­tory over Arkansas-Lit­tle Rock.

The win keeps the Bull­dogs undefeated and is the 100th of coach Vic Schae­fer’s ca­reer, mak­ing him only the sec­ond in school his­tory to reach the cen­tury mark in vic­to­ries.

TUES­DAY’S HIGH­LIGHT

Fresh­man Robbi Ryan scored 13 points and No. 23 Ari­zona State cruised to a 69-48 vic­tory over Mid­dle Ten­nessee.

Mel Evans, AP

Rut­gers cen­ter De­siree Keel­ing grabs a loose ball dur­ing the sec­ond half of Tues­day’s game against Se­ton Hall in Pis­cat­away, N.J. Rut­gers won 53-45. Keel­ing fin­ished with eight points.

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