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Villanova stays dominant in Big 5 battles

Villanova’s Kris Jenkins dives into the scorer’s table while trying to prevent the ball from going out of bounds in the first half. Jenkins has 22 points and hits six 3-pointers in the Wildcats’ 82-57 romp over Penn.

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Villanova’s Kris Jenkins dives into the scorer’s table while trying to prevent the ball from going out of bounds in the first half. Jenkins has 22 points and hits six 3-pointers in the Wildcats’ 82-57 romp over Penn.

PHILADELPHIA — Kris Jenkins hit six 3s and scored 22, and Josh Hart had 12 points and nine rebounds to lead No. 2 Villanova past Penn 82-57 on Tuesday night.

The defending national champion Wildcats (7-0) beat the Quakers for the 14th straight time and won their record 15th straight Big 5 game. Villanova, Penn, La Salle, St. Joseph's and Temple have long had their rivalry games intertwined in the fabric of Philadelphia sports. The Wildcats have spent most of the past decade stomping the other four teams.

The Ivy League Quakers won the opening tip, the students that packed the Palestra roared, they missed their first shot — and Jenkins buried a 3 on the other end. Donte DiVincenzo hit a 3, so did Mikal Bridges and Hart added one, and the Wildcats led 40-22.

Jenkins hit three of Villanova's seven 3-pointers in the first half to put this one away in a hurry.

Jenkins sank two free throws in the final seconds of the first half to reach 1,000 career points.

NO. 4 KANSAS 91, LBSU 61: Lagerald Vick scored a career-high 23 on 9-of-9 shooting, and Svi Mykhailiuk added 14 points for the host Jayhawks (6-1).

NO. 7 XAVIER 85, N. DAKOTA ST. 55: Trevon Bluiett scored 15 of his 23 during a dominant first half for the host Musketeers (7-0), who opened with a 30-11 run.

UCONN: Freshman point guard Alterique Gilbert will have surgery to repair a torn labrum in his left shoulder and miss the rest of the season.

Women

NO. 2 UCONN 80, CHATTANOOGA 43: Napheesa Collier scored 23 to lead the host Huskies (5-0) to their 80th straight win. UConn has won 127 of 128 and 52 straight at home.

Football: Helfrich out

Oregon fired head coach Mark Helfrich after four seasons, Fox Sports reported. The Ducks have gone 37-16 since Helfrich replaced Chip Kelly but just wrapped up a 4-8 season, their first losing mark since 2004. Florida coach Jim McElwain has been rumored as a possible replacement.

ACC HONORS: Florida State quarterback Deondre Francois was named the conference's top rookie on offense and overall.

CLEMSON: Coach Dabo Swinney is upset alleged racial slurs by his players took the focus off his team's victory Saturday over South Carolina. Swinney claimed the media reported the story without confirming the facts.

NOTRE DAME: Onetime starting quarterback Malik Zaire will receive his release from the school so he can explore transfer options that include Florida, Michigan State, Pittsburgh and Wisconsin.

Football up next

SEC Championship Game: No. 15 Florida vs. No. 1 Alabama, 4 p.m. Saturday, Georgia Dome, Atlanta

TV: Ch. 10

Elsewhere: All other state schools have completed their regular seasons and are awaiting bowl berths.

Villanova stays dominant in Big 5 battles 11/29/16 [Last modified: Tuesday, November 29, 2016 10:23pm]
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