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Villanova upends lackluster Louisville

PHILADELPHIA — Achraf Yacoubou was lost in a swarm of Villanova fans who had rushed the court, mobbing the Wildcats in celebration of one of their biggest wins in a while.

It only made sense he was in the middle of the party.

Yacoubou hit a tiebreaking 3-pointer with 3:57 left to help Villanova upset No. 5 Louisville 73-64 on Tuesday night at the Wells Fargo Center.

The Villanova students packed behind each basket stormed the court after a victory coach Jay Wright's struggling program badly needed.

"Great win for us," Wright said.

The Wildcats led by as many as 10 points in the first half and rallied late in the second to send the Cardinals to their second straight loss. Louisville (16-3, 4-2 Big East) had an 11-game winning streak end in a 70-68 loss to Syracuse on Saturday.

The Cardinals didn't play like a team that was No.  1 a week earlier. A 71 percent free-throw shooting team, they were 12 of 24 from the line and shot 40 percent from the field.

"We did a lot of things wrong tonight, and they did a lot of things right," Louisville coach Rick Pitino said. "Our free throws were a turnover. Our foul shooting was despicable."

NO. 3 KANSAS 59, NO. 11 KANSAS ST. 55: Travis Releford scored 12 for the visiting Jayhawks (17-1, 5-0), who held off the Wildcats (15-3, 4-1) down the stretch and took sole possession of first place in the Big 12.

NO. 13 MICH. ST. 49, WISCONSIN 47: Keith Appling scored 19 and Branden Dawson 18 for the visiting Spartans (17-3, 6-1 Big Ten). Both teams went more than 4 minutes without scoring before Dawson hit a free throw to put Michigan State up 48-44 with just more than 2 minutes left.

NO. 14 OHIO ST. 72, IOWA 63: Deshaun Thomas, who missed about 3 minutes in the second half with a cut above his eye, scored 16 for the host Buckeyes (14-4, 4-2 Big Ten), who built a 24-point lead then held on.

WAKE 86, NO. 18 N.C. STATE 84: Freshman Devin Thomas had a season-high 25 points, 14 rebounds and four blocks for the host Demon Deacons, who erased a 16-point first-half deficit to upset the Wolfpack (15-4, 4-2 ACC).

NO. 22 MISSOURI 71, S.C. 65: Earnest Ross and Jabari Brown hit key 3-pointers in the final 1:11, and the host Tigers (14-4, 3-2 SEC) overcame 5-for-27 3-point shooting and a 13-point second-half deficit.

Women: Bulls cruise

SOUTH ORANGE, N.J. — Andrea Smith had 21 points as USF beat Seton Hall for the 10th straight time, 74-51. The Bulls (15-5, 2-3) never trailed and improved to 10-1 against the Pirates overall. Freshman forward Alisia Jenkins added 15 points and freshman guard Courtney Williams 12, and Williams and Inga Orekhova had eight rebounds each as USF outrebounded Seton Hall 49-33.

NO. 13 LOUISVILLE 64, MARQUETTE 63: Monique Reid made a fast-break layup with 7 seconds left to help the visiting Cardinals (16-4, 4-2 Big East) hold off a furious rally.

Villanova upends lackluster Louisville 01/22/13 [Last modified: Tuesday, January 22, 2013 11:55pm]

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