Top teams in Big East get wins
Top 25: No. 2 Ohio State escapes against rival Michigan
The Associated Press
PHILADELPHIA -- Corey Stokes scored 23 points and Mouphtaou Yarou had 18 points and 11 rebounds to lead No. 7 Villanova to its 10th consecutive win, 88-74 against No. 18 Louisville on Wednesday night.
Corey Fisher scored 17 points and Maalik Wayns had 15 for the Wildcats, who beat their second consecutive Top 25 team. The Wildcats (15-1, 4-0 Big East) defeated then-No. 24 Cincinnati on Sunday and haven't lost since Nov. 26.
The Wildcats resisted turning the game into a complete 3-point exhibition after Louisville (13-3, 2-1) was sharp early and used contributions from all the starters in a game-changing spurt to pull away.
Preston Knowles scored 24 points for the Cardinals. Chris Smith and Peyton Siva each had 14.
The Cardinals made 12 of 25 threes.
Stokes did his damage from three-point range, Yarou got big buckets inside and Wayns and Fisher were pests defensively and scooted to the basket for key points.
Florida State 66, No. 1 Duke 61 -- Box Score
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- Derwin Kitchen scored 22 points, Chris Singleton added 18 and Florida State snapped No. 1 Duke's 25-game winning streak with a 66-61 victory Wednesday night.
Florida State (12-5, 2-1 Atlantic Coast Conference) made five free throws in the final 33 seconds to hold off the defending national champions. It was the third time in the last nine seasons that the Seminoles have upset a top-ranked Duke team at home.
The Seminoles led 28-24 at halftime and by as many as 11 early in the second half, but the game was tight to the finish.
Kyle Singler scored 20 points and Nolan Smith had 19 for the Blue Devils (15-1, 2-1), who shot just 31.1 percent.
Kitchen, a 6-foot-4 senior guard, scored 17 points in the second half and led the Seminoles with a team-high 10 rebounds for his second double-double of the season.
No. 2 Ohio State 68, Michigan 64 -- Box Score
ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- William Buford scored 19 points and No. 2 Ohio State went on a 12-0 run in the second half before holding on to beat Michigan 68-64 on Wednesday night.
The Wolverines (11-6, 1-3 Big Ten) rallied from a 53-41 deficit, pulling within 64-62 after Zack Novak made two free throws with 22.3 seconds left. Michigan then fouled Buford, who made a pair of free throws with 18.6 seconds to play.
Darius Morris scored on a drive with 12.4 seconds to go, but Aaron Craft made two more free throws with 9.4 seconds remaining and Tim Hardaway Jr. missed a 3-pointer at the other end.
David Lighty and Jared Sullinger scored 12 points each for the Buckeyes (17-0, 4-0).
Brady Hoke, Michigan's new football coach, watched the game from a courtside seat.
No. 3 Kansas 84, Iowa State 79 -- Box Score
AMES, Iowa -- Marcus Morris had career highs with 33 points and 13 rebounds, Markieff Morris added 17 points and No. 3 Kansas held off Iowa State 84-79 to win its 20th consecutive conference opener.
Josh Selby added 14 points for the Jayhawks (16-0, 1-0 Big 12), who never trailed in picking up their 11th consecutive win against the Cyclones.
Marcus Morris drilled an open jumper to put the Jayhawks ahead by seven with 1:55 to go, and Markieff Morris followed with a putback that made it 78-69 with just over a minute left.
Diante Garrett had 27 points and Jake Anderson scored 16 to lead Iowa State (13-4, 0-2 Big 12), which shot just 9 of 32 from 3-point range and was outscored in the paint 42-26.
Kansas senior Mario Little, who missed six games after being charged in a fight, finished with eight points in 19 minutes.
No. 4 Syracuse 76, St. John's 59 -- Box Score
NEW YORK -- Kris Joseph scored 18 points and No. 4 Syracuse remained undefeated with a 76-59 victory against St. John's at Madison Square Garden on Wednesday night.
The Orange (17-0, 4-0 Big East) are off to the second-best start in school history thanks to the 2-3 zone defense they have used so effectively for years.
Syracuse, one of five unbeaten Division I teams entering Wednesday, held the Red Storm (10-5, 3-2) to 36.8 percent shooting (21 of 57), just better than the 37.2 percent mark that leads the conference. The Orange came in second in points allowed (59.8) and were second in 3-point field goal defense (27.6). St. John's was 2 of 12 from 3-point range.
No. 5 Pittsburgh 72, No. 22 Georgetown 57 -- Box Score
WASHINGTON -- Ashton Gibbs hit five 3-pointers and scored 22 points, and No. 5 Pittsburgh broke open the game early Wednesday night and remained unbeaten in the Big East with a 72-57 win against No. 22 Georgetown.
Brad Wanamaker added 14 points and Gilbert Brown had 12 for the Panthers, who shot 58 percent in the first half to build a 17-point halftime lead, the school's largest in a Big East road game. Pitt (16-1, 4-0) has won six consectutive games.
Chris Wright scored 14 points for the slumping Hoyas (12-5, 1-4), who have lost three in a row and are off to their worst conference start since 1998-99. Georgetown was let down by poor defense, poor free throw shooting and yet another off night from senior leaders Wright and Austin Freeman.
No. 6 San Diego State 55, UNLV 49 -- Box Score
SAN DIEGO -- Kawhi Leonard had 15 points and a season-high 17 rebounds, and Malcolm Thomas also had a double-double as undefeated and sixth-ranked San Diego State beat UNLV 55-49 on Wednesday night to become the first team in the country to win 18 games.
The Aztecs' school-record 18-game streak is the longest current winning streak in the nation after No. 1 Duke had its 25-game streak snapped in a 66-61 loss at Florida State earlier Wednesday night. The Aztecs (3-0 Mountain West), are one of four undefeated teams in Division I.
Leonard, a sophomore forward, had his 11th double-double of the season and 28th of his career. Thomas, a senior forward, had 14 points and tied his season high with 16 rebounds for his fifth of the season and 15th of his career. Billy White scored 10.
It was Steve Fisher's 400th career victory, against 231 losses. Fisher, who led Michigan to the 1989 national championship, has turned the Aztecs into the hottest ticket in San Diego in his 12th season.
UNLV (13-4, 1-2) trailed 28-26 at halftime before going cold in the second half, when the Runnin' Rebels missed 10 of their first 12 shots. Anthony Marshall had 11 points for the Runnin' Rebels while Oscar Bellfield scored 10.
SDSU outrebounded UNLV 42-31. The Runnin' Rebels made only one of 18 3-point shots.
No. 14 Texas A&M 71, Oklahoma State 48 -- Box Score
COLLEGE STATION, Texas -- Nathan Walkup and David Loubeau scored 16 points apiece and No. 14 Texas A&M extended its winning streak to 12 games with a 71-48 victory against Oklahoma State on Wednesday night.
The streak is the third-longest in Texas A&M history and leaves the Aggies without a loss since a 67-65 defeat by Boston College on Thanksgiving.
The Aggies (15-1, 2-0 Big 12) led by six at halftime and didn't trail in the second half. The Cowboys cut the deficit to three points with about 15 minutes remaining, but the Aggies responded with an 8-1 run that included five points by Andrew Darko to push the lead to 51-41.
Oklahoma State (13-3, 1-1) got 11 points from Ray Penn. Marshall Moses had 10 points and 12 rebounds.
No. 15 Missouri 77, Nebraska 69 -- Box Score
COLUMBIA, Mo. -- Marcus Denmon made five three-pointers and matched his career best with 27 points, helping No. 15 Missouri end Nebraska's 11-game winning streak with a 77-69 victory Wednesday night.
Ricardo Ratliffe added 12 points, seven rebounds and four blocks for the Tigers (15-2, 1-1 Big 12), who bounced back from a 13-point loss at Colorado that knocked them out of the Top 10. They succeeded playing at Nebraska's half-court style for the most part, and became the second team to top 70 points against the Cornhuskers.
Toney McCray had 17 points and hit a pair of three-pointers for Nebraska (13-2, 1-1), which held its first 10 opponents under 60 points before beating Iowa State in the conference opener.
The Huskers, who briefly challenged in the second half and cut their deficit to three, entered the game fifth in the nation allowing 53.5 points per game.
Denmon scored 11 of the first 13 points for Missouri, totaling 14 in the half. He was scoreless for more than 13 1/2 minutes before picking it up again, and his dunk off a Nebraska turnover put the Tigers up by 11 with just under four minutes to go.
Michael Dixon had eight points in his first start since Dec. 11 as Missouri improved to 11-0 at home. Laurence Bowers did not start for the first time all season, but had 12 points, seven rebounds and two blocks in 24 minutes.
No. 19 Temple 83, St. Bonaventure 55 -- Box Score
PHILADELPHIA -- Ramone Moore scored 13 of his 19 points in the last 5:17 of the first half and No. 19 Temple beat St. Bonaventure 83-55 on Wednesday night.
Temple has won the last 14 games in the series and all 31 of its home games against the Bonnies. The Owls (12-3, 3-0 Atlantic 10) have won nine of 10 overall.
Andrew Nicholson, who leads the A-10 in scoring at 22.4 points per game, was held to 12 after scoring 34 in the Bonnies' league-opening win against Charlotte on Saturday. Michael Davenport led St. Bonaventure (9-6, 1-1) with 13 points, and Ogo Adegboye and Demitrius Conger each had 11.
Colorado 74, No. 21 Kansas State 66 -- Box Score
MANHATTAN, Kan. -- Levi Knutson scored 20 points, Alec Burks added 12 and Colorado beat a ranked team on the road for the first time in 14 years with a 74-66 win against No. 21 Kansas State on Wednesday night.
Marcus Relphorde also had 12 points for Colorado (13-4, 2-0 Big 12), which erased an 11-point deficit in the first half and led the whole way in the second to snap a nine-game losing streak against the Wildcats (12-5, 0-2).
Jacob Pullen scored 22 points for Kansas State.
Jamar Samuels was fouled while fighting Cory Higgins for a rebound and made one of two free throws to pull Kansas State to 68-66 with 58 seconds left.
But Higgins, saddled with four fouls, drove the court and went in uncontested for a layup and a four-point lead. Burks was fouled by Samuels and made both free throws to seal it.
Vanderbilt 73, No. 24 Georgia 66 -- Box Score
NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- John Jenkins and Festus Ezeli scored 18 points apiece and Vanderbilt beat No. 24 Georgia 73-66 on Wednesday night to snap the Bulldogs' nine-game winning streak and ruin their first game back in the Top 25 since the end of the 2003 season.
The Commodores (12-3, 1-1) bounced back after opening Southeastern Conference play with an overtime loss at South Carolina that knocked them out of the rankings. They took the lead from the start and never trailed while improving to 52-13 against the Bulldogs at home.
Georgia (12-3, 1-1) never got closer than three in the second half. Travis Leslie led the Bulldogs with 21 points, Gerald Robinson added 20 and Trey Thompkins had 13.
Jeffery Taylor had 15 points for Vandy. Ezeli had a double-double, also grabbing 10 rebounds.
No. 25 Cincinnati 74, South Florida 66 -- Box Score
CINCINNATI -- Redshirt freshman Sean Kilpatrick scored 18 points, giving No. 25 Cincinnati some spark in a listless game, and the Bearcats bounced back from their first loss of the season by beating South Florida 74-66 on Wednesday night.
Cincinnati (16-1, 3-1 Big East) was coming off a 72-61 loss at Villanova that ended its 15-0 start, tied for second-best in school history.
The Bearcats were lethargic and trailed until Kilpatrick came off the bench and scored 12 in the first half, putting them ahead to stay. His 3-pointer with 12 minutes left gave Cincinnati an 11-point lead.
South Florida (6-12, 0-5) made several runs and cut the deficit to four twice, but faded and lost its seventh in a row. Ron Anderson Jr. had a team-high 13 points.