Corey Stokes hit two 3-pointers during the decisive run and scored all 11 of his points in the second half, helping No. 2 Villanova hold off a serious scare from visiting Seton Hall in an 81-71 victory last night.
Stokes was a nonfactor for the Wildcats (20-1, 9-0 Big East) until he broke a tie with a 3. He quickly followed with another 3-pointer for a long-range start to an 11-0 run that helped put the game away and extend Villanova’s winning streak to 11 straight games.
Playing with their highest ranking since they were No. 2 for two weeks in February 2006, the Wildcats could not make a serious run against Seton Hall until late.
Jeremy Hazell scored 32 points on 12-of-23 shooting for the Pirates (12-8, 3-6), who were outrebounded, 50-31.
Syracuse 85, Providence 68 - Standout reserve Kris Joseph had a career-high 23 points, Arinze Onuaku added a season-high 20, and the No. 3 host Orange (22-1, 9-1 Big East) beat the Friars (12-10, 4-6).
Syracuse has won nine straight and is off to the best start in school history. The Orange were 21-1 in 1979-80, but they had never won 22 of their first 23 games to begin a season.
Wisconsin 67, Michigan St. 49 - Jason Bohannon scored 19 points to lead the No. 16 Badgers (17-5, 7-3) over the No. 5 Spartans (19-4, 9-1), snapping their perfect Big Ten start and leaving them without leading scorer Kalin Lucas.
Lucas, last season’s Big Ten player of the year, left with just under 11 minutes to play when he came down awkwardly on the foot of Wisconsin’s Keaton Nankivil and injured his ankle.
Kansas St. 76, Nebraska 57 - Denis Clemente scored 23 points, Jamar Samuels added 15, and the No. 10 Wildcats (18-4, 5-3 Big 12) bounced back from their overtime loss to archrival Kansas with a victory over the Cornhuskers (13-9, 1-6) in Lincoln, Neb.
Clemente matched his season high with five 3-pointers, including three straight early in the second half to break open the game.
Kentucky 85, Mississippi 75 - John Wall shook off a recent slump to score 17 points to go with seven assists while leading the No. 4 Wildcats over the No. 25 Rebels in Lexington, Ky.
DeMarcus Cousins added 18 points and 13 rebounds for the Wildcats (21-1, 6-1 Southeastern Conference), who built an early double-digit lead then held off a couple of second-half rallies by the Rebels (16-6, 4-4).
BYU 76, TCU 56 - Jimmer Fredette scored 26 points and Jackson Emery had 12 points and six assists as the No. 12 Cougars (22-2, 7-1 Mountain West) defeated the Horned Frogs (10-13, 2-6) in Provo, Utah.
Northeastern 67, Delaware 51 - Matt Janning had 17 points to lead the visiting Huskies (15-8, 10-2 Colonial Athletic Association) to their 13th win in 14 games as they defeated the Blue Hens (6-17, 2-10) despite a 30-point night from Jawan Carter.
Rhode Island 90, La Salle 83 - Will Martell scored 16 points to lead six players in double figures as the Rams (18-3, 6-2 Atlantic 10 Conference) held off the Explorers (11-11, 3-5) in Philadelphia.
St. Bonaventure 69, UMass 64 - Megan van Tatenhove scored 20 points to lift the Bonnies (17-6, 5-3 Atlantic 10) over the Minutewomen (8-14, 2-5) in Amherst. UMass was led by Stephanie Lawrence and Jasmine Watson with 12 points each.
Hartford 85, UMBC 45 - Diana Delva led four players in double figures with 17 points to lift the host Hawks (19-3, 10-0 America East) to a rout of the Retrievers (9-13, 3-6).