'Nova hands Cincy first loss
Top 25: Purdue stays hot while Kansas escapes Ann Arbor in OT
The Associated Press
VILLANOVA, Pa. -- Corey Fisher scored 21 points, Maalik Wayns had 13 of his 15 in the second half and No. 7 Villanova beat No. 24 Cincinnati 72-61 on Sunday, handing the Bearcats’ their first loss of the season.
Fisher had 20 points and made all nine of his free throws in a dynamic first half for the Wildcats (14-1, 3-0 Big East).
Villanova upped its winning streak at The Pavilion, its cozy 6,500-seat on-campus arena, to 45 consecutive. The streak began on Jan. 17, 2007, and now includes 19 wins over Big East teams.
Winners of nine in a row, the Wildcats haven’t lost since a 78-68 setback against Tennessee Nov. 26 in the finals of the NIT Season Tip-Off at Madison Square Garden.
Cincinnati (15-1, 2-1) started the season 15-0 for the first time since 1998-99. The Bearcats started 19-0 in 1962-63.
Rashad Bishop led Cincinnati with 14 points while Yancy Gates and Sean Kilpatrick added 11 each.
No. 1 Duke 71, Maryland 64 -- Box Score
DURHAM, N.C. -- Kyle Singler had 25 points and a season-high 10 rebounds, and No. 1 Duke beat Maryland 71-64 on Sunday night to extend its winning streak to 25.
Nolan Smith added 18 points on 5-of-18 shooting for the Blue Devils (15-0, 2-0 ACC). They overcame 17 turnovers and shot 40 percent to extend their best start since 2005-06.
Jordan Williams had 23 points and 13 rebounds for his ninth consecutive double-double, and Cliff Tucker added 14 points for the Terrapins (10-5, 0-2). They were the last team to defeat Duke, but they were denied their 11th win against a No. 1 team in school history.
Maryland closed to 67-62 on Williams' layup with 1:25 left, but Singler responded with a 3-pointer with 53 seconds left and the Terps couldn't get closer than six after that.
No. 2 Ohio State 67, Minnesota 64 -- Box Score
COLUMBUS, Ohio -- David Lighty scored 19 points and No. 2 Ohio State survived a scare when Austin Hollins’ 3-pointer came up short in the final seconds, allowing the Buckeyes to remain unbeaten with a 67-64 victory against Minnesota on Sunday.
The Buckeyes (16-0, 3-0 Big Ten) led by 18 points before the Golden Gophers (12-4, 1-3) rallied to pull within 67-64 on Al Nolen’s two free throws with 44.6 seconds left.
Coach Tubby Smith elected to foul Ohio State’s Dallas Lauderdale, a 33-percent free throw shooter, and he missed both with 28.5 seconds left.
The Gophers missed two shots inside before taking the ball out underneath the basket with 15 seconds remaining. With time running out, Nolen fed Hollins who got off a shot with one second left that was deflected by Ohio State’s William Buford.
No. 3 Kansas 67, Michigan 60 (OT) -- Box Score
ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- Marcus Morris scored 22 points, and No. 3 Kansas outlasted Michigan 67-60 in overtime Sunday to remain undefeated.
The Wolverines (11-5) rallied from a 13-point second-half deficit and scored the last six points of regulation to tie the game at 51. Zack Novak made a 3-pointer at the start of overtime to give Michigan its first lead of the game, but the Jayhawks (15-0) scored the next eight points, all by Morris and his twin brother Markieff.
Michigan had the ball down four points with about a minute remaining, but Stu Douglass missed a shot from the right wing.
Tim Hardaway Jr. scored 19 points for the Wolverines.
Neither team shot well. Kansas finished at 36 percent from the field and 4 of 24 from 3-point range. Michigan was 33 percent from the field and 4 of 28 from long distance.
No. 11 Purdue 75, Iowa 52 -- Box Score
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. -- Ryne Smith scored 18 points Sunday to help No. 11 Purdue beat Iowa 75-52, the Boilermakers’ 10th consecutive win.
Smith made a career-high six 3-pointers, surpassing his record of five set twice in the previous three games.
JaJuan Johnson had 16 points and four blocks and E’Twaun Moore and Kelsey Barlow each added 11 points for the Boilermakers (15-1, 4-0 Big Ten). Purdue shot 49 percent from the field and outrebounded the Hawkeyes 36-29. The Boilermakers won easily even though its top two players, Johnson and Moore, shot a combined 12 for 32 from the field.
The Boilermakers held Iowa to 37 percent shooting and forced the Hawkeyes into 16 turnovers.
Matt Gatens had 13 points to lead the Hawkeyes (7-8, 0-3).