College Basketball: Harvard Bounces Penn; No. 1 Villanova Rallies

  • Villanova guard Jalen Brunson (1) dribbles around Butler guard Kamar Baldwin (3) during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game, Saturday, Feb. 10, 2018, in Philadelphia. Villanova won 86-75. (AP Photo/Laurence Kesterson)

  • Villanova guard Donte DiVincenzo (10) takes a 3-point shot over Butler guard Aaron Thompson (2) during the final minutes in the second half of an NCAA college basketball game, Saturday, Feb. 10, 2018, in Philadelphia. Villanova won 86-75. (AP Photo/Laurence Kesterson)

  • Villanova guards Collin Gillespie (2), Donte DiVincenzo (10) and Jalen Brunson (1) wave to the crowd after their team defeated Butler 86-75 in an NCAA college basketball game, Saturday, Feb. 10, 2018, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Laurence Kesterson)

Sunday, February 11, 2018

Cambridge, Mass. — Chris Lewis scored a career-best 25 points and Harvard handed Pennsylvania its first conference loss with a 76-67 victory on Saturday afternoon.

Lewis was 10-of-14 from the field for the Crimson (12-11, 7-1 Ivy League), who have won three straight and are tied with Penn for first place in the conference standings. Seth Towns added 17 points and Justin Bassey had 12 points with seven rebounds, four assists and two steals.

Harvard led by seven at the break and Lewis scored 10 points as part of a 21-14 start to the second half that extended the Crimson’s lead to 52-38 with 12:20 to play. Penn got as close as 70-63 with 2:32 remaining, but Towns replied with a 3-pointer to help keep Harvard on top for the win.

Ryan Betley scored 16 points with six rebounds for the Quakers (17-7, 7-1). AJ Brodeur had 14 points and seven rebounds and Max Rothschild had 12 points.

Brown 91, Columbia 88 (ot)

Providence, r.i. — Obi Okolie’s 3-pointer with nine seconds left in overtime gave Brown a victory over Columbia.

At the foul line with 13 seconds left, Brown’s Brandon Anderson made one of two free throws with Tamenang Choh snagging the offensive rebound that led to Okolie’s 3-pointer.

Columbia’s Mike Smith missed a layup and Okolie made two more free throws before a desperation heave by Smith.

Yale 74, Cornell 65

New Haven, Conn. — Miye Oni scored 19 points with six rebounds and six assists and Yale defeated Cornell.

The Bulldogs (11-13, 4-4 Ivy League) had six other players score between six and 11 points.

Ranked Men

No. 1 Villanova 86, Butler 75

Philadelphia — Donte DiVincenzo scored a career-high 30 points, Jalen Brunson had 27 and No. 1 Villanova bounced back from its second loss of the season, rallying past Butler.

Omari Spellman added 10 points and 11 rebounds for the Wildcats (23-2, 10-2 Big East), who avoided losing consecutive games for the first time since March 2013. The injury-depleted Wildcats were coming off a surprising home loss to last-place St. John’s three days earlier.

Kelan Martin scored 30 and Kamara Baldwin had 25 for Butler (17-9, 7-6), which handed Villanova its first loss of the season on Dec. 30. The Bulldogs had won three straight vs. Villanova, and looked they might continue the streak when they led by as many as 13 in the first half behind Martin’s hot hand.

Virginia Tech 61No. 2 Virginia 60

Charlottesville, Va. — Kerry Blackshear Jr. scored on a putback with 5.8 seconds left and Virginia Tech spoiled Virginia’s opportunity to climb to No. 1.

Blackshear rebounded a missed layup by Justin Robinson and banked it in as he was being fouled. He missed the free throw, but Ty Jerome’s 28-foot attempt at the other end missed badly and the Hokies (18-7, 7-5 Atlantic Coast Conference) had a marquee victory.

No. 4 Michigan State 68No. 3 Purdue 65

East Lansing, Mich. — Miles Bridges made a tiebreaking 3-pointer with 2.7 seconds left and finished with 20 points, helping Michigan State top Purdue.

The Spartans (24-3, 12-2 Big Ten) have won eight straight, improving their chances of contending for a conference championship and earning a No. 1 seed for the NCAA Tournament.

The Boilermakers (23-4, 12-2) have lost two straight after winning a school-record 19 games in a row.

No. 5 Xavier 72, Creighton 71

Omaha, Neb. — Quentin Goodin made two free throws with three-tenths of a second left, allowing Xavier to hold off Creighton.

Goodin got fouled by Ronnie Harrell Jr. after Harrell had made three straight free throws to give the Bluejays a one-point lead with 4.6 seconds left. Goodin took an inbound pass from Naji Marshall and drove the length of the court to the basket, with Harrell making contact in the lane and sending him to the line.

Toby Harrell’s baseball pass sailed out of bounds on the other end, and the Big East-leading Musketeers (23-2, 11-2) to win.

No. 8 Auburn 78, Georgia 61

Athens, Ga. — Jared Harper scored 24 points and Auburn, playing without top scorer Bryce Brown, showed impressive depth by beating Georgia.

Auburn leaned heavily on Harper early in the game. He scored 12 consecutive points for the Tigers, including back-to-back 3s for a 17-9 lead. Auburn (22-3, 10-2 Southeastern Conference) never relinquished the advantage.

Baylor 80, No. 10 Kansas 64

Waco, Texas — Manu Lecomte scored eight straight points for Baylor after Big 12 co-leader Kansas had pulled within a basket, and the senior guard finished with 18 overall in the Bears’ upset victory.

The Jayhawks (19-6, 8-4 Big 12) trailed 30-20 at halftime after having more turnovers (nine) than made field goals (seven) before the break. They were down by as many as 13 points after that but got within 58-56 with 7:14 left after consecutive jumpers by Lagerald Vick.

Lecomte then made a jumper for Baylor (15-10, 5-7) with 6:50 left and Kansas couldn’t comeback.

No. 14 Ohio State 82, Iowa 64

Columbus, Ohio — Keita Bates-Diop had 14 points and eight rebounds, and Ohio State beat Iowa for sole possession of first place in the Big Ten.

Kaleb Wesson added 18 points and C.J Jackson scored 14 for the Buckeyes (21-5, 13-1 Big Ten), who were 9 for 20 from 3-point range.

Alabama 78, No. 15 Tennessee 50

Tuscaloosa, Ala. — Donta Hall had 17 points and 11 rebounds and Collin Sexton scored 16 points to lead Alabama to a victory over Tennessee.

The Crimson Tide (16-10, 7-5 Southeastern Conference) thoroughly dominated the Volunteers (18-6, 8-4) around the basket and cashed in on a number of fast-break chances

Iowa State 88No. 17 Oklahoma 80

Ames, Iowa — Iowa State freshman Lindell Wigginton upstaged Trae Young by scoring 26 points and the Cyclones upset Oklahoma, handing the Sooners their sixth consecutive road loss.

Fellow rookie Cam Lard had 19 points with 17 rebounds for the Cyclones (13-11, 4-8 Big 12).

Oklahoma State 88No. 19 West Virginia 85

Morgantown, w.va. — Kendall Smith and Cameron McGriff each scored 20 points and Oklahoma State beat another ranked team on the road, topping West Virginia.

The Cowboys (15-10, 5-7 Big 12), who won at then-No. 7 Kansas last weekend, trailed by eight points with 13½ minutes left.

No. 21 North Carolina 97N.C. State 89

Raleigh, n.c. — Luke Maye scored 27 of his career-high 33 points after halftime to help North Carolina beat rival North Carolina State.

Maye also had 17 rebounds and spent most of the second half as a one-man show for the Tar Heels (19-7, 8-5 Atlantic Coast Conference).

No. 22 Wichita State 95Uconn 74

Wichita, Kan. — Landry Shamet scored 16 points in just 23 minutes as Wichita State cruised to a win over UConn.

The Shockers (19-5, 9-3 American Athletic Conference) had 17 assists and just two turnovers while building a 55-33 halftime lead and were never threatened after that.

Boston College 72No. 25 Miami 70

Boston — Ky Bowman stole a rebound under the basket, drew a foul and hit two free throws with 2.9 seconds left as Boston College scored the last nine points of the game to rally for a victory over Miami.

Ranked Women

No. 1 UConn 124Wichita State 43

Hartford, Conn. — Napheesa Collier scored 26 points and Katie Lou Samuelson added 22 to lead UConn to a rout of Wichita State in the second-most lopsided win in Huskies’ history.

The 124 points was two shy of the program record, which was set against Providence in 1998.

No. 20 Green Bay 65Milwaukee 36

Milwaukee — Allie LeClaire scored 16 points, Jessica Lindstrom added 13 and Green Bay beat Milwaukee for its 11th straight win.

LeClaire was 6 of 9 from the field with two 3-pointers and had five assists and three rebounds. Lindstrom was 5 of 8 from 3, with five rebounds and four assists.

The Phoenix (22-2, 12-1 Horizon League) closed the first quarter with a 10-0 run to lead 18-8 and had a 14-2 run, including the last seven points of the second quarter, to lead 34-17 at the break. With the first 13 points of the third, Green Bay had a 20-0 run to make it 47-17.

No player had more than seven points for the Panthers (17-8, 8-5).