No. 8 'Nova tops Temple in Big 5 battle
Top 25: Fredette leads BYU past Buffalo with 34 points
The Associated Press
VILLANOVA, Pa. -- Corey Stokes scored 24 points, Maalik Wayns had 21 and No. 8 Villanova won a heavyweight showdown with city-rival Temple, beating the No. 25 Owls 78-74 on Thursday night.
Mouphtaou Yarou had 14 points for the Wildcats (11-1) and helped them squash any chance of a second straight upset loss to the Owls. The unranked Owls stunned No. 3 Villanova last season and both teams were fired up this week for the rematch.
The game lived up to its billing as the marquee matchup of the season in city hoops.
Lavoy Allen scored 22 points for the Owls (9-3), Juan Fernandez had 20 and Ramone Moore 16.
The game was the first one between two Philly-area teams ranked in the Top 25 since No. 1 Temple defeated No. 20 Villanova 98-86 on Feb. 10, 1988, at McGonigle Hall, according to STATS.
No. 10 Missouri 81, Old Dominion 58 -- Box Score
COLUMBIA, Mo. -- Marcus Denmon matched his season best with five 3-pointers and scored 22 points, helping No. 10 Missouri to a surprisingly decisive 81-58 victory against Old Dominion on Thursday night.
Reserve Michael Dixon added 18 points and four assists and Matt Pressey had 15 points, five rebounds and three steals for the Tigers (13-1).
Missouri has won eight in a row for its first unbeaten December since 1991-92. The Tigers won their 56th in a row at home against non-conference opponents and made it look easy against the Colonial Athletic Association's preseason favorite (9-3), which entered 12th in the RPI off a strong early schedule that included a three-point loss to Georgetown in the opener.
Missouri led 37-29 at the half behind 14 points from Denmon and pulled away with 11-2 and 12-2 runs in the second half, ending Old Dominion's four-game winning streak.
Poor free throw shooting didn't hold the Tigers back. They were only 14 for 22 with three players missing a pair.
Missouri was 9-for-19 overall from 3-point range, which Denmon going 5-for-8 and Dixon 3-for-3.
Frank Hassel had 11 points and reserve Marquel De Lancey added 10 for Old Dominion, which committed a season-high 21 turnovers. The Monarchs outrebounded their 13th straight opponent to open the season with a slim 33-32 advantage, but were limited to nine rebounds after entering with an average of 17 per game.
Missouri had five players in double figures with Kim English scoring 11 points and Ricardo Ratliffe 10.
Denmon had 14 points and was 3 for 4 from 3-point range in the first half, leaving Old Dominion with its largest deficit at the break.
The school announced the game as a sellout on its web site earlier in the day, but announced attendance of 13,107 was about 2,000 shy of capacity.
No. 16 BYU 90, Buffalo 82 -- Box Score
AMHERST, N.Y. -- Jimmer Fredette shook off a sluggish start to score 28 of his season-high 34 points in the second half and Noah Hartsock added 19 to lead No. 16 BYU against Buffalo 90-82 Thursday night.
Bandon Davies added 18 for the Cougars (13-1), who have won three straight following an 86-79 loss to UCLA almost two weeks ago.
The win was coach Dave Rose's 140th at BYU, moving him into third place on the school's all-time victories list. He passed G. Ott Romney.
Mitchell Watt had 17 points, Byron Mulkey contributed 16 and Javon McCrea had 15 for the Bulls (7-4). Buffalo had won three in a row.
Fredette shot 1-for-9 in the first 20 minutes before finding his touch. With BYU ahead 54-53 with 11 1/2 minutes left, Fredette halted Buffalo's momentum by making a 3 and following with a driving layup.
With Fredette struggling, Hartsock picked up the slack in the first half, helping the Cougars build a 16-5 lead just 6 minutes in by scoring 11 points, connecting on all three of his 3-pointers.
BYU's Stephen Rogers converted a three-point play with 2:42 left before Buffalo finished the first half on a 10-4 run, closing to 39-37.
Fredette helped the Cougars go ahead 52-41 until the pesky Bulls went on a 12-2 run.
No. 19 UCF 68, Princeton 62
ORLANDO, Fla. -- Marcus Jordan scored 22 of his 26 points in the second half to help No. 19 Central Florida rally to a 68-62 win againstPrinceton in the final of the UCF Holiday Classic.
The son of NBA star Michael Jordan scored nine straight points early in the second half to wipe out a 37-29 halftime deficit for the Knights (13-0).
Dan Mavraides scored 20 points and Ian Hummer added 19 for Princeton (10-4).
Princeton scored the first eight points of the game and led by 10 in the first half behind the 3-point shooting of Mavraides. He hit 4 of 6 3-pointers and finished the half with 18 points.
Jordan made two free throws with 3:42 left to give UCF a 68-57 lead, and put the Knights ahead for good.
No. 21 Memphis 88, Lipscomb 70 -- Box Score
MEMPHIS, Tenn. -- Wesley Witherspoon, three weeks removed from having surgery on his right knee, scored a season-high 28 points and had a career-best 14 rebounds, sending No. 21 Memphis to a win against Lipscomb 88-70 on Thursday night.
Witherspoon made 10 of 14 from the field, including 4-for-5 from beyond the arc. The Tigers (10-2) pulled away while hitting 12 of their first 13 shots in the second half.
Will Barton added 15 for Memphis, Joe Jackson had 13 and Antonio Barton 12.
Adnan Hodzic led the Bisons (7-4) with 22 points -- he's scored in double figures for 68 straight games, the longest streak in the nation.
Josh Slater finished with 12 and Brandon Brown had 10.
Coming off an 86-69 loss to Georgetown on Dec. 23, Memphis was accurate throughout the game. The Tigers shot 54 percent from the field, including 11 of 22 from 3-point range.
That sharp shooting carried the Tigers to a 42-32 lead at halftime. Witherspoon connected on all four of his long-range shots en route to 19 first-half points.
Lipscomb was within 35-32 when Hodzic connected on a hook shot with two minutes left before the break, but Memphis scored the final seven points of the half.
The Tigers extended the lead to 16 points by hitting all but one of their 13 shots to open the second half.