Sunday, July 15, 2018
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Hart, Villanova finish off Philadelphia sweep

VILLANOVA, Pa. — Josh Hart shined again as a player of the year candidate in front of a slew of NBA stars who had to know he will join them next season.

"Josh Hart everyone!" teammate Kris Jenkins yelled as the Wildcats entered the media center.

Hart raised his arms in triumph.

"The guy who made the shot right behind me," Hart said.

Jenkins' national title game-winner earned Villanova a trip to the White House. Once a player meets the president, Joel Embiid, Kyle Lowry and DeMar DeRozan watching courtside fail to awe.

"If President Obama's here, I wouldn't mind too much," said Hart, who shook off a slow start to score 26 and lead No. 1 Villanova to its 17th straight win, 78-57 over Temple on Tuesday night.

The Wildcats (11-0) again staked their claim as the best team in Philadelphia, romping to their 18th straight Big 5 victory and finishing 4-0 this season against the Owls, St. Joseph's, Penn and La Salle. The Wildcats haven't lost any game since they fell to Seton Hall in last year's Big East Championship Game.

Hart missed his first five shots after missing four total in a 37-point effort last week against Notre Dame. He hit a runner at the first-half buzzer to spark a sensational second half: He made consecutive 3s that made it 49-31 and scored 22 over a nine-minute stretch.

"The beauty is, he didn't know that, I didn't know that," coach Jay Wright said of that scoring spurt.

SOUTH CAROLINA: Suspended guard Sindarius Thornwell was charged with possession of marijuana and driving with a suspended license in May, according to an incident report from the Cayce (S.C.) Department of Public Safety.

WOMEN: Victoria Vivians scored 17 as No. 5 Mississippi State (10-0) pulled away in the fourth quarter for a 58-44 victory over host Arkansas-Little Rock.

FOOTBALL: Wake Forest fired former assistant coach-turned-broadcaster Tommy Elrod who the school says tried to leak game plans to opponents for three years. … Arizona junior quarterback Anu Solomon announced he is transferring after three seasons as the starter.

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