Rutgers stuns No. 9 Villanova
Top 25: Georgetown wins seventh in a row, beats Syracuse
The Associated Press
PISCATAWAY, N.J. -- Jonathan Mitchell’s four-point play with less than a second remaining capped a career-high 25-point performance and gave Rutgers a 77-76 victory against No. 9 Villanova on Wednesday night.
Mitchell, who was coming off a career-best 24 points in a loss to Notre Dame, hit a 3-point shot from about 25 feet and was fouled by Corey Fisher. After a Villanova timeout, Mitchell, a 74 percent free throw shooter, hit the tiebreaker.
Fisher had 23 points, went 5 of 7 from 3-point range and had 10 assists and five steals, but he had a miserable final 7 seconds.
He made one of two free throws with 6.3 seconds left, leaving Villanova (19-5, 7-4 Big East) with only a three-point lead. He hit Mitchell as he shot with .8 seconds to go, giving the Scarlet Knights (13-11, 4-8) a chance at the win.
No. 3 Texas 68, Oklahoma 52 -- Box Score
NORMAN, Okla. -- Jordan Hamilton scored 20 points, Gary Johnson added 14 and No. 3 Texas continued its perfect run through Big 12 play by beating Oklahoma 68-52 on Wednesday night.
The Longhorns (21-3) are off to a 9-0 start in league play for the first time since doing it in the Southwest Conference 23 years ago. All nine of the wins have been by double figures, the first time Texas has been so dominant to start conference play since the 1921-22 season.
Dogus Balbay had 12 points to help the Longhorns take control from the start, and Tristan Thompson and Cory Joseph scored 11 apiece. Texas used its usual stiff defense to limit the Sooners (12-11, 4-5) to 32 percent shooting.
Andrew Fitzgerald led Oklahoma with 16 points, and Steven Pledger scored 13.
No. 5 Duke 79, No. 20 North Carolina 73 -- Box Score
DURHAM, N.C. -- Nolan Smith scored 22 of his career-high 34 points in the second half, and No. 5 Duke rallied from 16 points down to beat No. 20 North Carolina 79-73 on Wednesday night.
Seth Curry added a season-high 22 points for the Blue Devils (22-2, 9-1 Atlantic Coast Conference).
They trailed 43-27 in the final minute of the first half and were down 14 at halftime before clamping down on the Tar Heels, outscoring them 50-30 in the final 20 minutes to keep hold of first place in the league.
Tyler Zeller had 24 points and a career-high 13 rebounds, and John Henson added 14 points for North Carolina (17-6, 7-2), which had its five-game winning streak snapped and lost for the third consecutive time in college basketball’s fiercest rivalry.
No. 7 BYU 90, Air Force 52 -- Box Score
AIR FORCE ACADEMY, Colo. -- Jimmer Fredette scored 25 points and No. 7 BYU used runs of 16-0 and 14-0 to cruise past Air Force 90-52 Wednesday night.
Fredette, the nation’s leading scorer, reached the 20-point mark for the 10th game in a row to lead the Cougars (23-2, 9-1 Mountain West) to their 12th consecutive victory against the Falcons (13-10, 4-6).
After Air Force cut the BYU lead to 36-27 on an Evan Washington dunk to start the second half, the Cougars scored the next 14 points.
BYU blew open a 15-12 game with a 16-0 run early in the first half, holding Air Force scoreless for 7:51. The Falcons fought back with an 11-0 run to cut the lead to 31-23 with 2:13 remaining, but Fredette scored five straight points to give the Cougars a 36-25 halftime lead.
Tom Fow and Michael Lyons led the Falcons with 11 points apiece.
No. 8 Notre Dame 89, No. 16 Louisville 79 -- Box Score
SOUTH BEND, Ind. -- Ben Hansbrough scored 25 points and Carleton Scott had nine of his 16 points in overtime for the Fighting Irish.
Tim Abromaitis added 23 points for the Irish (20-4, 9-3 Big East), who extended their overall win streak to six games and their home streak to 17.
Kyle Kuric scored a career-high 28 points and Terrence Jennings added 14 for Louisville (18-6, 7-4) before fouling out in overtime.
No. 11 Georgetown 64, No. 12 Syracuse 56 -- Box Score
SYRACUSE, N.Y. -- Austin Freeman had 14 points to lead four Georgetown players in double figures, and the Hoyas won their seventh consecutive game.
Georgetown (19-5, 8-4 Big East) gave coach John Thompson III his first win in the Carrier Dome in six tries. It was the third consecutive home loss for Syracuse (20-5, 7-5), only the third time that’s happened in coach Jim Boeheim’s 35 years.
Kris Joseph scored 14 points, D.J. Fair had 12, and Brandon Triche 11 for the Orange.
No. 13 Wisconsin 62, Iowa 59 (OT) -- Box Score
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Jon Leuer scored 19 points, Jordan Taylor added 16 to help Wisconsin to its sixth win in seven games.
Keaton Nankivil added 10 points for the Badgers, who tuned up for their showdown with top-ranked Ohio State on Saturday by barely surviving a road test against the Big Ten’s worst team.
Bryce Cartwright had 14 points to lead Iowa (10-14, 3-9), which was seeking its first three-game winning streak in the Big Ten in four years.
No. 17 Florida 79, South Carolina 60 -- Box Score
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- Erving Walker scored a season-high 25 points and No. 17 Florida used a quick start and some hot shooting to put away South Carolina.
The Gators (19-5, 8-2 Southeastern Conference) led 9-0, were up by 11 at the half and shot better than 55 percent, their best showing since November. They maintained their large lead atop the SEC Eastern and gave Billy Donovan his 350th victory as the school’s coach.
Bruce Ellington had 14 points for South Carolina (13-9, 4-5), which has lost four of five.
Idaho 64, No. 21 Utah State 56 -- Box Score
MOSCOW, Idaho -- Jeff Ledbetter scored 14 points to help Idaho end Utah State’s win streak at 17 games.
Idaho (14-10, 7-5 Western Athletic Conference) held Utah State to its worst shooting performance of the season.
Brockeith Pane scored 14 points to lead Utah State (22-3, 11-1), which was seeking to clinch at least a share of its fourth consecutive WAC title.
No. 22 Texas A&M 73, Colorado 70 (OT) -- Box Score
BOULDER, Colo. -- Nathan Walkup scored 18 points and B.J. Holmes added 13, including a 3-pointer with 1.9 seconds remaining to send the game into overtime, as No. 22 Texas A&M rallied for a 73-70 victory against Colorado on Wednesday night.
The Aggies (18-5, 5-4 Big 12) snapped a three-game skid.
The biggest shot of the night belonged to Holmes, who stepped back and connected on a long 3-pointer after the Aggies called timeout to set up a play.
Once in overtime, Texas A&M took control early, scoring the first six points. The Buffaloes (15-10, 4-6) worked their way back into the game, trailing 73-70 with 8 seconds remaining.
But Levi Knutson’s shot at the buzzer came up short as the Buffs lost their eighth consecutive to Texas A&M.
No. 24 Temple 77, Fordham 66 -- Box Score
PHILADELPHIA -- Ramon Moore scored 22 points to lead Temple to its fifth consecutive win.
Scootie Randall and Micheal Eric each added 12 points for the Owls (18-2, 8-2 Atlantic 10), who forced 17 turnovers and had a 49-36 rebounding edge.
Temple now sits 1/2 game behind Xavier and Duquesne for first place in the conference.
Chris Gaston scored 27 points for Fordham (6-16, 0-10), which has dropped 12 consecutive games and has yet to win in 2011.