No. 14 Wisconsin hits free throws down stretch to fend off Penn State 71-66
STATE COLLEGE, Pa. -- Josh Gasser scored 15 points to lead a balanced Wisconsin offense and the 14th-ranked Badgers beat Penn State 71-66 on Sunday for their seventh consecutive victory.
Wisconsin (24-5, 11-5) held onto third place in the Big Ten as Ben Brust scored 14 points and Traevon Jackson, who made four clutch free throws down the stretch, added 13.
D.J. Newbill had 23 points for Penn State (14-15, 5-11), which dropped to 2-5 against ranked teams this season. Newbill became Penn State's 31st career 1,000-point scorer. He leads the Big Ten this season with 178 field goals.
Tim Frazier and Ross Travis scored 10 points each for Penn State, which is 4-7 in games decided by five points or fewer.
The Nittany Lions closed within 66-64 with 18 seconds left but was forced to foul. Jackson went 4-for-4 from the line during the closing seconds and Gasser was 2-for-2.
TUCSON, Ariz. -- If this was Aaron Gordon's final home game at Arizona, and it almost certainly was, then he went out in style.
And took the Pac-12 regular-season championship trophy with him.
Gordon, expected to turn pro after a one-and-done freshman season, scored 19 points and grabbed a career-high 15 rebounds to help the No. 3 Wildcats clinch the conference title with a 79-66 victory against Stanford on Sunday night.
The Wildcats (27-2, 14-2), who won by just three at Stanford a month ago, completed an unbeaten home season in what also could have been the final McKale Center game for two other players: junior Nick Johnson and freshman Rondae Hollis-Jefferson.
T.J. McConnell scored 14 points, Gabe York 12, Johnson 11 and Kaleb Tarczewski 10 for Arizona.
Josh Huestis matched his career high with 22 points and grabbed 12 rebounds for Stanford (18-10, 9-7).
Anthony Brown added 14 points and Chasson Randle and Dwight Powell had 12 apiece for the Cardinal, who trailed by as many as 18 points in the first half and 25 in the second.
PHILADELPHIA -- Darrun Hilliard scored a career-high 26 points and No. 8 Villanova set a school record for regular-season wins with a 73-56 victory against Marquette on Sunday.
Josh Hart added 13 points and JayVaughn Pinkston had 11 points and seven rebounds for the Wildcats (26-3, 14-2 Big East), which has won four in a row and 10 of 11.
The Wildcats had never won 26 regular-season games in the 95-year history of the program. Villanova won 25 games four previous times, most recently in 2008-09, a season it reached the Final Four.
Deonte Burton scored 13 points for Marquette (17-12, 9-7) and Todd Mayo finished with 11 points and five rebounds.
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Roy Devyn Marble scored 21 points and No. 20 Iowa snapped a three-game losing streak by beating Purdue 83-76 on Sunday.
Aaron White and Mike Gesell added 15 points each for the Hawkeyes (20-9, 9-7 Big Ten), who have recorded consecutive 20-win seasons for the first time in eight years.
Iowa blew a 13-point halftime lead, but an 8-0 run put the Hawkeyes back ahead 68-64 with 5:56 left. Gesell then hit five free throws in the final 41 seconds to help the Hawkeyes narrowly avoid losing their fourth home game in five tries.
Rapheal Davis scored a career-high 18 points and A.J. Hammons had 16 points with 14 rebounds for Purdue (15-14, 5-11), which is on its second four-game losing streak in conference play.
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -- Kevin ''Yogi'' Ferrell scored 20 points and Will Sheehey added 19 on Sunday, leading Indiana past No. 22 Ohio State 72-64.
It was the second consecutive win for the Hoosiers (17-12, 7-9 Big Ten) -- both against ranked teams in the past four days.
LaQuinton Ross and Lenzelle Smith Jr. had 19 points each for the Buckeyes (22-8, 9-8) who lost their second in a row -- both road games against teams in the bottom half of the conference race.
And this one came on a day the Hoosiers were without freshman Noah Vonleh, the conference's leading rebounder, because of an injured foot.
But after falling into an early 19-12 deficit, the Hoosiers took control.
They closed the half on a 21-5 run to take a 33-25 lead, fended off two second-half charges from Ohio State and sealed it from the free-throw line in the final minute.
RENO, Nev. -- Cameron Bairstow helped New Mexico overcome the sluggish start that head coach Craig Neal had feared.
Bairstow scored 14 of his 22 points in the second half as the 25th-ranked Lobos rallied from an early 14-point deficit to win their fifth consecutive game, 72-58 against Nevada on Sunday.
Kendall Williams added 11 points and 10 assists to become the Mountain West Conference's career assists leader. Alex Kirk had 10 points and 11 rebounds for the Lobos (24-5, 14-2), who remained tied for first place with No. 13 San Diego State.
The Lobos host Air Force on Wednesday before their regular-season finale Saturday at San Diego State.
Deonte Burton and Cole Huff had 15 points each for the Wolf Pack (13-16, 8-8), who held a 31-17 lead but were outscored 10-0 during the last 4:28 of the first half en route to their sixth loss in seven games.