DiVincenzo leads Villanova past Butler
PHILADELPHIA — Donte DiVincenzo scored a career-high 30 points,
Jalen Brunson had 27 and
No. 1-ranked Villanova bounced back from its second loss of the season, rallying past Butler 86-75 Saturday.
Omari Spellman added 10 points and 11 rebounds for the Wildcats (23-2, 10-2 Big East), who avoided losing consecutive games for the first time since March 2013. The injury-depleted Wildcats were coming off a surprising home loss to last-place St. John's three days earlier.
VIRGINIA TECH 61, No. 2 VIRGINIA 60
CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA. —
Kerry Blackshear Jr. scored on a putback with 5.8 seconds left and Virginia Tech spoiled Virginia's opportunity to climb to No. 1.
Blackshear rebounded a missed layup by Justin Robinson and banked it in as he was being fouled. He missed the free throw, but
Ty Jerome's 28-foot attempt at the other end missed badly and the Hokies (18-7, 7-5 Atlantic Coast Conference) had a marquee victory.
Devon Hall had 16 points for Virginia (23-2, 12-1), but the 93.3 percent free throw shooter missed twice from the line in the final 31 seconds.
No. 4 MICH. STATE 68, No. 3 PURDUE 65
EAST LANSING, MICH.
— Miles Bridges made a tiebreaking 3-pointer with 2.7 seconds left and finished with 20 points, helping Michigan State top Purdue.
The Spartans (24-3, 12-2 Big Ten) have won eight straight.
The Boilermakers (23-4, 12-2) have lost two straight after winning a schoolrecord 19 games in a row.
No. 5 XAVIER 72, CREIGHTON 71
OMAHA, NEB. — Quentin Goodin made two free throws with three-tenths of a second left, allowing Xavier to hold off Creighton.
Goodin got fouled by Ronnie Harrell Jr. after Harrell had made three straight free throws to give the Bluejays a one-point lead with 4.6 seconds left. Goodin took an inbound pass from Naji Marshall and drove the length of the court to the basket, with Harrell making contact in the lane and sending him to the line.
No. 8 AUBURN 78, GEORGIA 61
ATHENS, GA. — Jared Harper scored 24 points and Auburn, playing without top scorer Bryce Brown, showed impressive depth by beating Georgia.
Brown, the fifth-leading scorer in the SEC with an average of 16.6 points per game, was held out with a right shoulder injury suffered in the first half of the Tigers' loss to Texas A&M on Wednesday night.
BAYLOR 80, No. 10 KANSAS 64
WACO, TEXAS — Manu Lecomte scored eight straight points for Baylor after Big 12 co-leader Kansas had pulled within a basket, and the senior guard finished with 18 overall in the Bears' upset victory.
The Jayhawks (19-6, 8-4 Big 12) trailed 30-20 at halftime after having more turnovers (nine) than made field goals (seven) before the break. They were down by as many as 13 points after that but got within 58-56 with 7:14 left after consecutive jumpers by Lagerald Vick.
No. 14 OHIO STATE 82, IOWA 64
COLUMBUS, OHIO — Keita Bates-Diop had 14 points and eight rebounds, and Ohio State beat Iowa for sole possession of first place in the Big Ten.
ALABAMA 78, No. 15 TENNESSEE 50
TUSCALOOSA, ALA. — Donta Hall had 17 points and 11 rebounds and Collin Sexton scored 16 points to lead Alabama to a victory over Tennessee.
No. 21 NORTH CAROLINA 97, N.C. STATE 89
RALEIGH, N.C. — Luke Maye scored 27 of his career-high 33 points after halftime to help North Carolina beat rival North Carolina State.
No. 22 WICHITA STATE 95, UConn 74
WICHITA, KAN. — Landry Shamet scored 16 points in just 23 minutes as Wichita State cruised to a win over UConn.
BOSTON COLLEGE 72, No. 25 MIAMI 70
BOSTON — Ky Bowman stole a rebound under the basket, drew a foul and hit two free throws with 2.9 seconds left as Boston College scored the last nine points of the game to rally for a victory over Miami.
No. 1 UCONN 124, WICHITA STATE 43
HARTFORD, CONN. — Napheesa Collier scored 26 points and Katie Lou Samuelson added 22 to lead UConn to a rout of Wichita State, for the second-most lopsided win in Huskies' history.
No. 20 GREEN BAY 65, MILWAUKEE 36
MILWAUKEE — Allie LeClaire scored 16 points, Jessica Lindstrom added 13 and Green Bay beat Milwaukee for its 11th straight win.
Michigan State’s Miles Bridges dunks the ball during the first half of Saturday’s game against Purdue in East Lansing, Mich.