Freshman John Wall scored a season-high 25 points, including 12 of Kentucky’s last 15 in the game, and the fourth-ranked Wildcats beat No. 14 Connecticut, 64-61, last night in the SEC/Big East Invitational in New York.
Wall overcame first-half foul trouble and dominated the game over the final 7 1/2 minutes.
The Wildcats (9-0) moved John Calipari closer to one of the icons at the school that has more wins, 1,996, than any other program. Adolph Rupp started 10-0 in 1931.
Jerome Dyson had 17 points for the Huskies (6-2), who finished 14 of 24 from the free throw line.
Kansas 99, Radford 64 - Cole Aldrich had 15 points and nine rebounds and the No. 1 Jayhawks (8-0) used a dominating first half to rout the Highlanders (4-3) in Lawrence, Kan.
Sherron Collins had 15 points and eight assists, and Xavier Henry added 13 points to help KU extend the nation’s longest home winning streak to 47 games.
Villanova 97, St. Joseph’s 89 - Scottie Reynolds scored 22 points and Taylor King added 20 to lead four players in double digits, and the No. 3 Wildcats (9-0) beat the host Hawks (3-5).
Purdue 86, Valparaiso 62 - JaJuan Johnson and E’Twaun Moore each scored 19 points to help the No. 5 Boilermakers (8-0) beat the Crusaders (3-6) in West Lafayette, Ind.
West Virginia 68, Duquesne 39 - Kevin Jones scored 16 points and the No. 6 Mountaineers (6-0) built a big lead early and manhandled the visiting Dukes (6-3).
Wisconsin-Green Bay 88, Wisconsin 84 - Bryquis Perine scored 22 points and Troy Cotton hit a key 3-pointer as the host Phoenix (9-2) beat the No. 20 Badgers (6-2) in overtime.
Gonzaga 79, Augustana (Ill.) 40 - Steven Gray scored 12 points as the No. 21 Bulldogs (7-2) overwhelmed the Division 3 Vikings (5-1) in Spokane.
UNH 67, Central Conn. St. 55 - Alvin Abreu scored 25 points as the Wildcats (3-3) defeated the Blue Devils (2-5) in Durham, N.H. Tyrone Conley added 16 points for UNH.
Fairfield 73, Holy Cross 54 - Yorel Hawkins scored 22 points and Anthony Johnson tallied a double-double, leading the host Stags (7-2) over the Crusaders (2-8).
Providence 110, George Washington 97 - Sharaud Curry scored 16 points and dished out a career-high 13 assists, Marshon Brooks scored 19 points, and the Friars (7-3) stayed hot from beyond the arc to beat the host Colonials (6-2).
Yale 69, Bryant 54 - Michael Sands had 13 points and seven rebounds and Alex Zampier added another 12 points to lift the host Bulldogs (4-5) over winless Bryant (0-9).
Harvard 90, Northeastern 85 - Brogan Berry’s 31 points led the host Crimson (6-3) in double overtime and helped offset Brittany Wilson, who had 34 points and 21 rebounds for the Huskies (5-3). Wilson’s 21 rebounds broke a 22-year-old school record set by Carla Singleton Feb. 2, 1987.
Yale 61, BU 57 - Yoyo Greenfield’s layup late in the game put the Bulldogs back in front, and her two free throws in the waning seconds sealed the victory over the visiting Terriers. BU freshman Caitlynn Moran had a team-high 18 points, 14 in the second half, but the Terriers fell to 3-5. The Bulldogs are 4-3.
Vermont 57, UMass 38 - May Kotsopoulos had a game-high 19 points and Alissa Sheftic and Kendra Seto had 10 points each to lift the Catamounts (7-1) over the Minutewomen (5-5) in Amherst.
URI 60, Brown 49 - Ashley Rivera had 24 points to lift the Rams (4-5) over the visiting Bears (3-7).