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Villanova keeps its cool in road rally

PHILADELPHIA — Villanova trailed by eight points late, but the 12th-ranked Wildcats didn't panic.

Maalik Wayns had 19 points, including the go-ahead layup with 1:09 left, and Villanova rallied in the last five minutes to beat La Salle 84-81 Sunday.

Corey Stokes and Corey Fisher had 16 points each and Dominic Cheek 14 for the Wildcats (8-1), who beat the Explorers for the ninth straight time.

"We know we're on the road, stuff is going to go bad and the crowd is going to go crazy," Fisher said. "We just have to keep playing Villanova basketball, and that's what we did."

Tyreek Duren's two free throws with 5:23 left put La Salle up 74-66, matching its biggest lead of the second half, before Villanova went on a 12-2 run to take a 78-76 lead with 3:06 left. Cheek capped the run with consecutive 3-pointers.

NO. 2 OHIO ST. 85, W. CAROLINA 60: Jared Sullinger had 17 points for the host Buckeyes (8-0), who broke an early tie with an 11-0 run and were never challenged.

NO. 9 G'TOWN 89, APP. ST. 60: Jason Clark had 15 points and Austin Freeman 14 for the host Hoyas (9-1), who rebounded from their first loss of the season in the first meeting between the schools.

NO. 16 ILlinois 86, N. COLORADO 76: Mike Tisdale and D.J. Richardson had 14 points each and Mike Davis added 12 for the host Illini (10-1).

NO. 13 MEMPHIS: Junior forward Angel Garcia will leave at the end of the fall semester and sign a pro contract in Spain.

CENTURY MARGIN: Host West Virginia Tech defeated Ohio State-Mansfield 157-57, a 100-point win that was well off the NAIA record for victory margin. The NAIA Division I mark is 117 by Oklahoma Christian in a 154-37 win over Southwest Assemblies of God in 1981.

State

Miami 68, Stetson 54: Adrian Thomas had 13 points and Malcolm Grant 11 to lead a balanced attack for the host Hurricanes (7-2), who won their fifth straight. Miami went on a 17-3 run over seven minutes in the first half to put it away.

Villanova keeps its cool in road rally 12/12/10 [Last modified: Sunday, December 12, 2010 9:02pm]
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