|Providence’s Bilal Dixon found it rough going during a drive to the basket against Villanova’s Mouphtaou Yarou. (Michael Perez/Associated Press)|
Scottie Reynolds and Corey Fisher scored 22 points each and No. 4 Villanova pulled away late to turn back pesky Providence, 92-81, yesterday in Philadelphia.
The Wildcats (22-2, 11-1) moved into a tie with Syracuse atop the Big East standings.
Providence (12-13, 4-9) had its second win over a Top-25 team in sight until two costly fouls were called on Sharaud Curry with eight minutes left. Curry fouled Reynolds and snapped at the referee - a personal and a technical that gave him five fouls and sent Reynolds to the line for four shots.
Reynolds made three of them for a 67-60 lead. With Curry (19 points) out of the game, the Friars had no serious runs left.
“The explanation I got for the technical foul was, he said, ‘Where’s the foul?’ ’’ Friars coach Keno Davis said. “He put his arms somewhat up. It’s about as demonstrative as Curry has ever been and that’s not very demonstrative.’’
That momentum swing shifted another victory to the Wildcats.
“I just made a cut to the basket and we got tangled up,’’ Reynolds said. “Away from the play, we’re still tangled. We got untangled and he did what he did.’’
Antonio Pena had 15 points and 12 rebounds for the Wildcats, who started flat against a Providence team in the lower half of the Big East standings. The Wildcats committed six turnovers only eight minutes into the game.
Temple 78, Rhode Island 56 - Micheal Eric scored a career-high 19 points and the No. 21 Owls set a school record for shooting in a rout of the visiting Rams.
Temple (20-5, 8-2 Atlantic 10) shot 68.6 percent from the field, including making its first eight shots of the second half, and had its highest scoring game of the season.
Delroy James and Akeem Richmond each had 11 points for Rhode Island (19-5, 7-4).
“I was just very disappointed with our performance today,’’ Rhode Island coach Jim Baron said. “Temple did a great job of attacking the bucket, getting open shots, and they did a great job shooting the basketball. It was just very disappointing on our part as far as our defense.’’
The Owls, who are 53-15 all time against the Rams, swept the season series.
Kansas 73, Iowa St. 59 - Xavier Henry and Tyshawn Taylor fueled a 14-0 run that turned a tight game into the laugher that everyone expected, as the top-ranked Jayhawks romped past the visiting Cyclones for coach Bill Self’s 400th career victory.
Marcus Morris and Cole Aldrich each had double-doubles for Kansas (24-1, 10-0), which holds a commanding three-game lead with six games to go and seems virtually assured of its seventh consecutive Big 12 championship.
Craig Brackins, who once scored 42 against Kansas and has always been tough for the Jayhawks to handle, had 18 points and 10 rebounds for Iowa State (13-12, 2-9).
Kentucky 73, Tennessee 62 - John Wall had 24 points and Eric Bledsoe added 16, including three clutch shots in a row to clinch the win as the No. 3 Wildcats (24-1, 9-1) fought off the No. 12 Volunteers in a Southeastern Conference gae at Lexington, Ky.
Bobby Maze led the Vols (18-6, 6-4) with 15 points. Melvin Goins had a career-high 14.
Purdue 63, Iowa 40 - JaJuan Johnson had 21 points and 10 rebounds, and the No. 6 Boilermakers (21-3, 9-3) beat the visiting Hawkeyes (9-17, 3-10) for their seventh straight win.
It was the fewest points Purdue has allowed in Big Ten play and its largest victory margin in a conference game.
Duke 77, Maryland 56 - Jon Scheyer scored 22 points and the No. 8 Blue Devils marked coach Mike Krzyzewski’s 1,000th game at the school with a rout of the visiting Terrapins.
Brian Zoubek had 16 points and 17 rebounds for Duke (21-4, 9-2 Atlantic Coast). Greivis Vasquez scored 17 points and Cliff Tucker added 12 to lead the Terrapins (16-7, 6-3).
Kansas St. 68, Colorado 51 - Jacob Pullen had 15 points and 10 assists, and the No. 9 Wildcats (20-4, 7-3 Big 12) survived a sloppy first half to beat the visiting Buffaloes (11-13, 2-8).
Michigan St. 65, Penn St. 54 - Reigning Big Ten Player of the Year Kalin Lucas, recovering from a sore ankle, scored 24 points in his return to the starting lineup, and Durrell Summers and Delvon Roe keyed a decisive second-half run as the 10th-ranked Spartans (20-6, 10-3) beat the Nittany Lions (8-16, 0-12) to end a three-game losing streak.
Wisconsin 83, Indiana 55 - Jason Bohannon had seven 3-pointers and a career-high 30 points to help the No. 11 Badgers (19-6, 9-4 Big Ten) blow out the visiting Hoosiers (9-15, 3-9).
Texas 91, Nebraska 51 - Avery Bradley scored 20 points in the first half and No. 14 Longhorns (20-5, 6-4 Big 12) blasted the visiting Cornhuskers (13-12, 1-9).
Gonzaga 82, San Diego 65 - Steven Gray scored 19 points and Matt Bouldin added 16 as the No. 16 Bulldogs (21-4, 9-1 West Coast Conference) pounded the visiting Toreros (9-17, 2-9).
BYU 91, Air Force 48 - Senior forward Jonathan Tavernari came off the bench to score a season-high 19 points and Jackson Emery added 18 to lead the No. 17 Cougars (23-3, 8-2) to their 20th straight home win and into a first-place tie with No. 15 New Mexico in the Mountain West Conference.
Butler 70, Cleveland St. 59 - Matt Howard had 21 points and 13 rebounds and Gordon Hayward added 19 points and 11 boards to lead the No. 18 Bulldogs (23-4, 16-0 Horizon) past the host Vikings, extending the nation’s longest winning streak to 15 games.
Bradley 68, Northern Iowa 59 - Andrew Warren scored 15 points and the host Braves (13-12, 8-7) rallied from a 9-point halftime deficit to knock off the No. 19 Panthers, keeping Northern Iowa (22-3, 13-2) from winning its first outright Missouri Valley Conference regular-season championship.
Wake Forest 75, Ga. Tech 64 - At Winston-Salem, N.C., Al-Farouq Aminu had 19 points and 10 rebounds as the Demon Deacons (18-5, 8-3) beat the 20th-ranked Yellow Jackets (17-6, 5-6) to move into sole possession of second place in the ACC.
Vanderbilt 77, LSU 69 - Reserve Lance Goulbourne scored 11 of his career-high 18 points in the second half and the No. 22 Commodores (19-5, 8-2) handed the visiting Tigers (9-16, 0-11) their 13th straight Southern Conference loss.
San Diego St. 68, UNLV 58 - Billy White scored 19 points and freshman Kawhi Leonard contributed 13 points and 14 rebounds as host Aztecs (18-7, 7-4 Mountain West) upset the No. 23 Runnin’ Rebels (19-6, 7-4).
Baylor 64, Missouri 62 - Ekpe Udoh’s tip-in with 1.6 seconds remaining capped a wild finish in Waco, Texas, as the No. 24 Bears (10-5, 6-4 Big 12) escaped with a victory over the Tigers (18-7, 6-4).
Philadelphia University coach Herb Magee got his 900th career win when the Rams beat visiting Bloomfield College, 81-77.
The Division 2 coach is just three victories away from passing Bobby Knight for first place on the NCAA career wins list.