SPOT­LIGHT

The Washington Post Sunday - - COLLEGE BASKETBALL - Jalen Brun­son Guard, Vil­lanova

The sopho­more point guard, above, scored 22 points on 7-for-7 shoot­ing from the field and added a ca­reer­high 10 as­sists in No. 2 Vil­lanova’s 9270 rout of Se­ton Hall. Brun­son is the first col­lege player in the last 20 sea­sons with at least 20 points, 10 as­sists and no missed field goals in a game, ac­cord­ing to ESPN Stats & Info.

STOCK UP

Mi­ami’s NCAA tour­na­ment hopes ap­peared to be in trou­ble when se­nior guard Ja’Quan New­ton was given a three­game sus­pen­sion by Coach Jim Lar­ranaga. Satur­day’s 71-65 win over Clem­son im­proved the Hur­ri­canes to 2-0 with­out New­ton (15 points, 3.6 as­sists per game) and 18-8 over­all. Noth­ing is as­sured with games at Vir­ginia, against Duke and at Vir­ginia Tech and at Florida State to close the reg­u­lar sea­son, but stay­ing on the bub­ble is as much as they could have hoped for.

STOCK DOWN

Florida State flew through its tough­est stretch of the sea­son, go­ing 5-1 in six con­sec­u­tive games against ranked ACC foes. Since then, how­ever, the Semi­noles have gone 3-4, in­clud­ing Satur­day’s 80-66 loss at Pitts­burgh, to fall to 21-6 over­all and 9-5 in the con­fer­ence. What’s odd is the in­con­sis­tency of that stretch, which has in­cluded just one game against a top 25 team: wins by 18, 48 and 24 points; losses by 22, 10, 12 and 14.

JOHN MINCHILLO/AP

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