Cats Thump Cal
Tucson, Ariz. — Nick Johnson scored 22 points, Claremont, N.H., native Kaleb Tarczewski added 16 and No. 3 Arizona quickly turned its rematch with California into an 87-59 rout Wednesday night.
Cal won the first meeting 60-58 on a last-second jumper by Justin Cobbs that sent the students pouring onto the court.
Arizona (26-2, 13-2 Pac-12) ran away from the Bears early in the rematch, using a big first-half run and good shooting (50 percent) all game to prevent the season sweep.
T.J. McConnell had 13 points and six assists, and Rondae Hollis-Jefferson provided a lift off the bench with 12 points and 10 rebounds. Johnson had seven rebounds and five assists after struggling the first game against the Bears.
No. 8 Villanova 67 Butler 48
Villanova, Pa. — Darrun Hilliard and James Bell scored 11 points each to lead No. 8 Villanova over Butler.
The Wildcats (25-3, 13-2 Big East) survived one of their worst 20 minutes of the season to win for the ninth time in 10 games.
They needed almost the first 10 minutes of the game to score 10 points, missed eight of their first nine 3-point attempts, and didn’t have a player reach double digits in scoring until midway through the second half.
No. 12 Virginia 65, Miami 40
Charlottesville, Va. — London Perrantes scored a career-high 15 points and Virginia opened the second half with a 16-5 run in a victory over Miami for the Cavaliers’ 12th consecutive win.
Perrantes hit all four of his 3-point attempts and Malcolm Brogdon also scored 15 points for Virginia (24-5, 15-1 ACC).
No. 15 Iowa St. 83 West Va. 66
Ames, Iowa — Georges Niang scored 24 points, DeAndre Kane had 17 and 11 rebounds and No. 15 Iowa State beat West Virginia for its seventh win in eight games.
Naz Long had 15 points on five 3-pointers for the Cyclones (22-5, 10-5 Big 12), who have recorded three straight 10-win seasons in league play for the first time.
No. 16 Michigan 77 Purdue 76 (ot)
West Lafayette, Ind. — Glenn Robinson III got a late bank shot to roll in as time expired, giving No. 16 Michigan an overtime victory at Purdue.
The shot capped a remarkable rally. Michigan (20-7, 12-3 Big Ten) trailed by as many as 19 points in the first half, 13 at halftime and never led until the opening basket of overtime.
No. 19 UNC 85 N.C. State 84 (ot)
Raleigh, n.c. — Marcus Paige hit a driving basket with 0.9 seconds left to cap a career night and help No. 19 North Carolina beat North Carolina State in overtime.
Paige finished with 35 points — 31 after halftime — and seven 3-pointers for the Tar Heels (21-7, 11-4 ACC), who won the 10th straight.
No. 11 W. Va 69 Texas Tech 37
Morgantown, W.va. — Bria Holmes scored 28 points and No. 11 West Virginia cruised past Texas Tech.
Iowa St. 86 No. 15 Okla. St. 69
Stillwater, Okla. — Jadda Buckley scored 26 points and Nikki Moody finished one point from a triple-double as Iowa State rolled over Oklahoma State.
No. 23 M. Tenn. 70 East Carolina 59
Greenville, n.c. — Ebony Rowe scored 23 points, on 7-of-8 shooting, to lead Middle Tennessee past East Carolina.
No. 24 Rutgers 67 Temple 58
Piscataway, n.j. — Tyler Scaife had 21 points and Kahleah Copper had 17 points and 12 rebounds to lead Rutgers past Temple.