No. 3 Vil­lanova beats Ir­ish, per­fect in Big East

Chicago Sun-Times - - Sports -

Scot­tie Reynolds and Corey Fisher each scored 17 points to help No. 3 Vil­lanova get off to the best start in school his­tory with a 90-72 victory over Notre Dame on Wed­nes­day night in Philadel­phia.

The Wild­cats are 19-1 for the first time and are the only Big East team un­beaten in con­fer­ence play (8-0). Led by Reynolds, Fisher, An­to­nio Pena and Co., Vil­lanova has won 10 con­sec­u­tive games and is in the mix for the top spot in the As­so­ci­ated Press poll next week.

Reynolds and Notre Dame’s Luke Harangody were ex­pected to state their cases for Big East player of the year. Harangody de­liv­ered for the Ir­ish (15-6, 4-4) with 21 points and nine re­bounds in 37 min­utes. Reynolds scored nine con­sec­u­tive points dur­ing Vil­lanova’s 11-0 run in the fi­nal four min­utes.

† David Lighty scored 20 points, in­clud­ing 18 in the sec­ond half, and No. 20 Ohio State ral­lied past Iowa 65-57 in Iowa City for its fourth con­sec­u­tive Big Ten win. Evan Turner added 16 points, 12 re­bounds and seven as­sists for the Buck­eyes (15-6, 5-3), who closed the game with a 20-7 run. Eric May tied a ca­reer high with 18 points for Iowa (8-13, 2-6).

† Kenny Law­son Jr. scored 16 points, and Creighton (11-10, 6-4 Mis­souri Val­ley) never trailed in a 73-68 victory over Bradley (10-10, 5-5) in Peo­ria. Tay­lor Brown led the Braves with a dou­ble-dou­ble of 19 points and 12 re­bounds.

† Clevin Han­nah scored 22 points to lead Wi­chita State (18-4, 7-3 Mis­souri Val­ley) to a 74-66 victory over Illi­nois State (14-7, 5-5) in Wi­chita, Kan. Lloyd Phillips scored a sea­son-high 22 points to lead the Red­birds.

† D.J. Cooper scored a ca­reer­high 29 points and Ar­mon Bas­sett 25 to lead Ohio (11-9, 2-4 MidAmer­i­can) to a 99-84 victory over North­ern Illi­nois (8-10, 4-2) in DeKalb, Ill. Xavier Si­las led the Huskies with 31 points.

Ser­ena-Henin in Aussie fi­nal

Ser­ena Wil­liams ad­vanced to her fifth Aus­tralian Open fi­nal, beat­ing China’s Li Na 7-6 (4), 7-6 (1) for her 50th match win at Mel­bourne Park.

Wil­liams has a per­fect record in Mel­bourne Park fi­nals, hav­ing won ti­tles in 2003, 2005, 2007 and last year. She will face Justine Henin, who beat China’s Zheng Jie 6-1, 6-0.

Henin, re­turn­ing to the tour af­ter a 20-month re­tire­ment, last played in a ma­jor at the 2008 Aussie Open, where she lost in the quar­ter­fi­nals to even­tual champ Maria Shara­pova.

Nets claim fourth victory

Kris Humphries scored a ca­reer-high 25 points, and the host New Jer­sey Nets avoided the worst 44-game start in league his­tory with a 103-87 victory over the Los An­ge­les Clip­pers.

The Nets (4-40) were tied with the 1993-94 Dal­las Mav­er­icks for the NBA’s worst record af­ter 43 games. They snapped an 11-game los­ing streak.

Wild keeps Wings on skids

Antti Mi­et­ti­nen scored two first­pe­riod goals to spark the host Min­nesota Wild to a 5-2 victory over the Detroit Red Wings, who fell to 1-3-3 in their last seven games.

Josh Hard­ing made 26 saves for the Wild, which im­proved to 6-0-1 in its last seven home games. Mi­et­ti­nen, who has 15 goals this sea­son, had his third two-goal game in his last seven games.

Fire adds Pol­ish de­fender Krol

The Fire has come to terms on a loan deal for Pol­ish de­fender Krzysztof Krol, shoring up a de­fen­sive line in need and giv­ing the club its first Pol­ish player since 2008. Krol, 22, joins the team from Jagiel­lonia Bi­a­lystok. He’s a can­di­date to re­place Gon­zalo Se­gares, who signed with Greek club Apol­lon FC.

† U.S. speed­skat­ing star Shani Davis won’t com­pete in all five in­di­vid­ual races at the Van­cou­ver Olympics. Davis had planned to be­come the first Amer­i­can since Eric Hei­den to skate in ev­ery in­di­vid­ual event, but he backed out of the 10,000 me­ters be­fore a Jan. 17 dead­line for fi­nal en­tries.

† The Wolves won their sea­son­high eighth in a row at home, beat­ing the Hous­ton Aeros 5-2 at All­state Arena. Brett Ster­ling had two goals and Ja­son Krog a goal and two as­sists for the Wolves (27-17-0-2). Kari Le­hto­nen made 25 saves in the sec­ond out­ing of his con­di­tion­ing stint from the At­lanta Thrash­ers.

Sun-Times wires

BILL KOSTROUN~AP

The Nets’ Keyon Dool­ing goes up for a shot against the Clip­pers’ Al Thorn­ton dur­ing the Nets’ fourth victory of the sea­son.

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