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College Basketball: Red-Hot Red Storm Upsets No. 1 Villanova

  • Villanova guard Mikal Bridges (25) moves around St. John's guard Justin Simon (5) during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game Wednesday, Feb. 7, 2018, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Laurence Kesterson)

  • Villanova forward Omari Spellman (14) chases a loose ball during the first half of the team's NCAA college basketball game against St. John's, Wednesday, Feb. 7, 2018, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Laurence Kesterson)

  • St. John's coach Chris Mullin shouts from the sideline during the first half of the team's NCAA college basketball game against Villanova, Wednesday, Feb. 7, 2018, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Laurence Kesterson)

  • Villanova coach Jay Wright watches from the sideline during the first half of the team's NCAA college basketball game against St. John's, Wednesday, Feb. 7, 2018, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Laurence Kesterson)

  • Villanova guard Jalen Brunson (1) shoots over St. John's forward Tariq Owens (11) and another defender during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game Wednesday, Feb. 7, 2018, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Laurence Kesterson)



Wednesday, February 07, 2018

Philadelphia — St. John’s took down another of the nation’s elite, stunning No. 1 Villanova, 79-75, on Wednesday night for its second win over a top-five team this week — and first over the top-ranked team in 33 years.

Shamorie Ponds scored 26 points to spark the Red Storm (12-13, 1-11 Big East) to its first conference win of the season and easily their best week since Chris Mullin was in uniform, not the coach.

Mullin played for St. John’s when it beat No. 1 Georgetown 66-65 on Jan. 26, 1985. And he was on the sideline exhorting his players in the final minutes of this shocker.

St. John’s beat then-No. 4 Duke Blue Devils, 81-77, at Madison Square Garden on Saturday, snapping an 11-game losing streak. It was the first win for St. John’s since Dec. 20 against Saint Joseph’s.

The Wildcats (22-2, 9-2) ended a nine-game winning streak and will surely tumble from the top of the national rankings, where they’ve spent the last five weeks at No. 1.

No. 2 Virginia 59Florida State 55

Tallahassee, Fla. — Devon Hall scored 17 points, Ty Jerome added 15 and No. 2 Virginia rallied in the second half to beat Florida State.

Kyle Guy scored 10 of his 13 points in the final 20 minutes as the Cavaliers fought back from a 32-22 halftime deficit to remain unbeaten in the Atlantic Coast Conference. Virginia was 5-of-10 on 3-pointers in the second half and committed just one turnover.

No. 14 Ohio St. 64No. 3 Purdue 63

West Lafayette, Ind. — Keita Bates-Diop scored 18 points, including the decisive putback with 2.8 seconds left, to give No. 14 Ohio State an upset at No. 3 Purdue, ending the nation’s longest winning streak at 19 games.

The Buckeyes (21-2, 12-1 Big Ten) grabbed a share of the conference lead as Ohio State won for the 11th time in 12 games.

No. 25 Miami 87Wake Forest 81

Coral Gables, Fla. — Lonnie Walker IV scored 19 points to lead No. 25 Miami to a victory over Wake Forest.

Walker’s 3-pointer with 5:01 remaining capped a 10-2 run and gave the Hurricanes a 66-56 lead.

Miami withstood a late Demon Deacons comeback attempt fueled by consecutive 3s from Bryant Crawford in the final minute.

Ranked Women

No. 1 UConn 55Central Florida 37

Orlando, Fla. — Katie Lou Samuelson scored 19 points and Azura Stevens added 12 to help No. 1 UConn beat Central Florida.

It was the lowest scoring effort of the season for the Huskies (23-0, 11-0 American).

No. 4 Louisville 65, Clemson 46

Louisville, Ky. — Asia Durr scored 15 points to lead Louisville, which survived a sluggish start, to a win over Clemson.

The Cardinals (25-1, 11-1 Atlantic Coast Conference) held the Tigers without a field goal for the final 8:36 of the first half.

However, even with that Clemson (11-14, 1-11) still managed to take a 19-18 lead with 4:41 left in the second quarter after Alexis Carter sank two free throws.

Arica Carter responded with a jumper on Louisville’s ensuing possession to give the Cardinals the lead for good. That shot spurred a 14-2 run to end the half.

The Cardinals did get a scare late as Durr was knocked down on a foul by Aliyah Collier with 4:42 left. She eventually walked off the floor and off the court, but she did return to the bench a short time later.

No. 19 Duke 59, Wake Forest 51

Durham, n.c. — Lexie Brown scored 21 points, six combing in the last 2½ minutes, and Duke turned back Wake Forest in the first game since injured starter Haley Gorecki was lost for the season.

Gorecki, a 6-foot sophomore guard, was sidelined with a left hip injury after playing just nine minutes in the Blue Devils’ last game and missing the game before that. She was averaging 17.1 points, 5.4 rebounds and 4.0 assists in the 11 games since becoming a starter. Earlier in her career she missed a year-and-a-half with a right hip injury.

Wake Forest (11-13, 3-8 Atlantic Coast Conference) led 28-27 at the half as Elisa Penna had 15 of her 23 points. Brown’s 3-pointer started a 10-0 run that helped Duke (19-6, 8-4) to a 39-36 lead heading into the fourth quarter.

No. 22 Oklahoma State 71No. 24 TCU 54

Fort Worth, Texas — Kaylee Jensen and Loryn Goodwin combined for 46 points and 29 rebounds and Oklahoma State pulled away from TCU.

The teams entered the game with identical 16-4 records and tied for third in the Big 12 at 7-4, each with two wins over ranked opponents. It was the first game at TCU between two ranked games since 2004.

The Cowgirls outscored the Horned Frogs 11-2 in the last three minutes of the second quarter, including the last seven points, to lead 31-23 at the break. Jensen and Goodwin each had 14 points, combining for all 10 in a clinching run that ended with OSU up 69-52 with 2:13 to play.

Goodwin earned her 40th career double-double with 24 points and 13 rebounds. Jensen had 22 points on 7-of-12 shooting and made all eight of her free throws to go with 16 rebounds.