Villanova slays 2nd Big East beast

PHILADELPHIA — Ryan Arcidiacono took the inbounds, heaved the ball and ducked.

Hundreds of Villanova students trampled the court like a bull rush, and the game-saving point guard was the target.

One overzealous fan tried to strip him of his No. 15 jersey.

Hey, it's not every day the Wildcats knock off a Top 5 team. Though they sure are trying to make it that way.

Arcidiacono hit a tying 3-pointer with 2.2 seconds left in regulation and James Bell hit consecutive 3's in overtime to send Villanova to its second win over a Top 5 team in a week, 75-71 over No. 3 Syracuse on Saturday.

The Wildcats defeated No. 5 Louisville 73-64 on Tuesday and became the first unranked team to beat two Top 5 teams in the same season since Florida State in 2011-12, Stats LLC said.

"What a week for us," coach Jay Wright said.

Arcidiacono's 3-point attempt to tie with about 25 seconds left in regulation was off the mark. Syracuse's Michael Carter-Williams missed a 1-and-1, and the Villanova's JayVaughn Pinkston grabbed the rebound.

Bell missed a 3, and Mouphtaou Yarou grabbed the offensive rebound. Syracuse decided not to foul, giving Yarou time to kick it out to Arcidiacono. He let go a leaner from just beyond the 3-point line to tie it at 61.

"I just put it up, and luckily it went in," Arcidiacono said. "I think we're having fun."

With the Orange (18-2, 6-1 Big East) down two in overtime, Brandon Triche made one free throw with 46.5 seconds left. Bell followed with a layup for a 71-68 lead, and the Wildcats held on from the line.

Hoyas stun Louisville

WASHINGTON — Aaron Bowen, who has 49 points total in three seasons at Georgetown, contorted his body enough to tip in the ball after a missed layup by D'Vauntes Smith-Rivera with 3½ minutes to play, giving the Hoyas a 53-51 victory that handed No. 5 Louisville its third straight loss.

"I tell him all the time that he's probably one of the most athletic people on this planet, and when the shot went up, he just came out of nowhere," guard Markel Starks said. "And he just, I don't know, he just … it was unbelievable."

The Cardinals (16-4, 4-3 Big East) are on their longest skid since January 2010. They're the first team to start three-game losing streak when ranked No. 1 since Duke in January 1989.

NO. 1 DUKE 84, MARYLAND 64: Freshman Rasheed Sulaimon had a season-high 25 points for the host Blue Devils (17-2, 4-2 ACC), who bounced back from a 90-63 loss at Miami.

NO. 3 KANSAS 67, OKLA. 54: Ben McLemore had 18 points for the Jayhawks (18-1, 6-0 Big 12), who won their 17th straight game overall and 33rd straight at Allen Fieldhouse.

NO. 6 ARIZONA 74, USC 50: Nick Johnson had 14 points and the host Wildcats (17-2, 5-2 Pac-12) used a stifling defense to bounce back from a home loss.

NO. 9 BUTLER 83, TEMPLE 71: Rotnei Clarke had 24 points after missing two weeks with a severely sprained neck, and the host Bulldogs (17-3, 4-1 Atlantic 10) won for the 14th time in their past 15 games.

NO. 10 GONZAGA 66, SAN FRANCISCO 52: Kelly Olynyk had 13 points and the Bulldogs (19-2, 6-0 West Coast Conference) made 8 of 20 3-pointers in their 24th straight home win.

IOWA ST. 73, NO. 11 KANSAS ST. 67: Will Clyburn had 24 points and 10 rebounds as the host Cyclones handed the Wildcats (15-4, 4-2 Big 12) their second straight loss.

WISCONSIN 45, NO. 12 MINNESOTA 44: Traevon Jackson hit a 15-foot jumper from the right side with 4 seconds left as the host Badgers handed the Golden Gophers (15-5, 3-4 Big Ten) their fourth straight loss.

NO. 14 OHIO ST. 65, PENN ST. 51: Sam Thompson had 16 points, and the visiting Buckeyes (15-4, 5-2 Big Ten) held the Nittany Lions without a field goal for 11-plus minutes in the first half.

SDSU 55, NO. 15 NEW MEXICO 34: The host Aztecs held the Lobos (17-3, 4-1 Mountain West) to season lows for points and shooting (25 percent).

NO. 16 OREGON 81, WASH. 76: E.J. Singler had 18 points for the Ducks (18-2, 7-0 Pac-12), who stayed undefeated at home.

NO. 18 N.C. STATE 91, UNC 83: Lorenzo Brown had 20 points and 11 assists for the host Wolfpack (16-4, 5-2 ACC), which ended a 13-game losing streak in the rivalry.

LA SALLE 69, NO. 19 VCU 61: Ramon Galloway had 31 points, 12 during an 18-4 second-half run, and the visiting Explorers beat a ranked team for the second game in a row and handed the Rams (16-5, 4-2 Atlantic 10) their second loss in three days.

NO. 20 WICHITA ST. 73, BRADLEY 39: Nick Wiggins fueled a 16-0 second-half run with three 3-pointers as the Shockers (19-2, 8-1 MVC) won their 19th straight home game.

NO. 22 MISSOURI 81, VANDY 59: Jabari Brown had 21 points for the host Tigers (15-4, 4-2 SEC), who blew it open early with a 32-2 run.

NO. 23 OLE MISS 63, AUBURN 61: Marshall Henderson hit two free throws with 7 seconds left, and the visiting Rebels (17-2, 6-0 SEC) won their ninth in a row.

FUTILITY MARKS: Northern Illinois broke its Division I record by scoring four points in the first half of a 42-25 loss to host Eastern Michigan. The Huskies also broke the record for worst field-goal percentage in a half of the shot clock era and tied the mark for fewest field goals, hitting 1 of 31 attempts for 3.2 percent.

BAT DAY: A bat caused some anxious moments during Marquette's home game against Providence, dive-bombing coaches, players and referees, and causing several delays.

State

UCF 74, SMU 65: Isaiah Sykes had 21 points and 10 rebounds for the host Knights (14-5, 4-1 C-USA), who held the Mustangs scoreless over the final 1:49.

DELAWARE ST. 68, B-CU 52: Marques Oliver had a career-high 24 points as the Hornets pulled away from host Bethune-Cookman (7-14, 2-4 MEAC).

FAMU 55, MD.-EASTERN SHORE 54: Jamie Adams had 18 points, and the host Rattlers (6-14, 3-3 MEAC) held on.

BARRY 75, TAMPA 66: The host Buccaneers handed the Spartans (13-6, 1-6 Sunshine State) their sixth loss in seven games.

ECKERD 68, P.B. ATLANTIC 60: Freshman guard E.J. Moody had 16 points to lift the visiting Tritons (11-4).

SAINT LEO 79, ROLLINS 54: Jerrel Harris had a career-high 26 points for the host Lions (13-4, 6-4 SSC), who made 14 of 24 3-pointers.

Villanova slays 2nd Big East beast 01/26/13 [Last modified: Saturday, January 26, 2013 11:12pm]

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