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Villanova Takes Care of Another Top-Five Foe

Syracuse's Rakeem Christmas dunks against DePaul during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game in Syracuse, N.Y., Wednesday, March 6, 2013. Syracuse won 78-57. (AP Photo/Kevin Rivoli)

Syracuse's Rakeem Christmas dunks against DePaul during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game in Syracuse, N.Y., Wednesday, March 6, 2013. Syracuse won 78-57. (AP Photo/Kevin Rivoli)

Philadelphia — JayVaughn Pinkston scored 20 points to help Villanova beat a top-five team for the third time this season, 67-57 over No. 5 Georgetown last night.

The Wildcats (19-12, 10-8 Big East) also beat then-No. 5 Louisville and then-No. 3 Syracuse and have put themselves in solid shape for at least an NCAA tournament at-large bid. All three wins over top-five teams came at the Wells Fargo Center, the site of tournament games the first weekend.

Otto Porter Jr. scored 17 points as the Hoyas (23-5, 13-4) had an 11-game winning streak snapped. The Big East leaders lost for the first time since Jan. 19, against South Florida.

Villanova students stormed the court in the first two wins and security lined the baseline again last night. With students on break, only a few fans made the dash. That gave the Wildcats the chance to head behind the basket and salute the fans.

Iowa St. 87
No. 13 Oklahoma St. 76

Ames, Iowa — Senior Will Clyburn scored 20 points and Iowa State beat No. 13 Oklahoma State to bolster its NCAA tournament hopes.

Georges Niang added 18 points for the Cyclones (20-10, 10-7 Big 12), who notched just their second victory over a ranked opponent.

No. 17 Syracuse 78
DePaul 57

Syracuse, n.y. — Brandon Triche and James Southerland combined for 37 points in the final home game of their careers, and No. 17 Syracuse beat DePaul to snap a three-game losing streak.

Syracuse (23-7, 11-6 Big East) broke a rare two-game losing streak in the Carrier Dome. No. 5 Georgetown started it 11 days ago with a 57-46 win that stopped the Orange’s 38-game winning streak, the longest in the nation at the time.

Women

No. 16 Delaware 86
Georgia State 58

Newark, Del. — Elena Delle Donne scored 24 points, Danielle Parker reached 1,000 career rebounds and Delaware scored the first 16 points to defeat Georgia State.

Parker, playing in her school record 138th game, had 12 rebounds, and Lauren Carra scored 15 points for the Blue Hens (26-3, 17-0 CAA), who set a school record with their 22nd consecutive victory.