Kentucky edges UConn
NEW YORK (AP) – Freshman John Wall scored a season-high 25 points, including 12 of Kentucky’s last 15 in the game, and the fourth-ranked Wildcats beat No. 14 Connecticut 64-61 on Wednesday night in the SEC/Big East Invitational.
Wall lived up to his billing in his first appearance at Madison Square Garden, overcoming first-half foul trouble and dominating the game over the final 7 1/2 minutes.
The Wildcats (9-0) moved John Calipari closer to one of the icons at the school that has more wins, 1,996, than any other program. The only coach to have a better start to his career at Kentucky was Adolph Rupp, who started 10-0 in 1931.
There were two totally different halves played in front of the crowd of 15,874, which seemed split down the middle.
Jerome Dyson had 17 points for the Huskies (6-2), who finished 14 of 24 from the free throw line, including 2 of 4 in the final 3 minutes.
No. 1 Kansas 99, Radford 64
LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) – Cole Aldrich had 15 points and nine rebounds, and Kansas took control with a dominant first half.
Sherron Collins had 15 points and eight assists, and Xavier Henry added 13 points to help the Jayhawks (8-0) extend the nation’s longest home winning streak to 47 games.
Joey Lynch-Flohr had 26 points and Art Parakhouski scored all of his 21 points in the second half for the Highlanders (4-3).
No. 3 Villanova 97, St. Joseph’s 89
PHILADELPHIA (AP) – Scottie Reynolds scored 22 points and Taylor King added 20 to lead four Villanova players in double digits.
Villanova (9-0) converted 30 of 31 second-half free throws, including 29 in a row, to win the area’s most intense rivalry. The Wildcats won for the 43rd time in 57 meetings against the Hawks (3-5).
Idris Hilliard scored a career-high 22 points, and Darrin Govens added 19 for St. Joseph’s.
No. 5 Purdue 86, Valparaiso 62
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (AP) – JaJuan Johnson and E’Twaun Moore each scored 19 points to lead Purdue.
Moore tied a career high with five 3-pointers for the Boilermakers (8-0), who are off to their best start since the 1993-94 season.
Brandon Wood had 21 points and nine rebounds, and Cory Johnson had 11 points for Valparaiso (3-6).
No. 6 West Virginia 68, Duquesne 39
MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) – Kevin Jones scored 16 points, Wellington Smith added 11 and Da’Sean Butler scored 10 lead West Virginia.
The Mountaineers (6-0) bounced back from a 10-day layoff and had little trouble beating the Dukes (6-3) for the seventh straight time. The Mountaineers jumped ahead by double digits four minutes into the game and led by as many as 34 points midway through the second half.
Damian Saunders led the Dukes with 12 points.
Wisconsin-Green Bay 88, No. 20 Wisconsin 84, OT
GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) – Bryquis Perine scored 22 points, and Troy Cotton hit a key 3-pointer as Wisconsin-Green Bay beat Wisconsin in overtime.
Rahmon Fletcher added 18 points for the Phoenix (9-2).
Trevon Hughes scored a career-high 27 points for the Badgers (6-2), who jumped into the rankings after knocking off Duke last week.
The Badgers came into Wednesday’s game 15-0 all-time against Green Bay.
No. 21 Gonzaga 79, Augustana, Ill. 40
SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) – Steven Gray scored 12 points as Gonzaga rebounded from a tough loss to Wake Forest by pounding Division III Augustana of Illinois.
Bol Kong added 10 points and 12 different players scored for Gonzaga (7-2).
Augustana (5-1), from Rock Island, Ill., was on the schedule because members of the two coaching staffs are friends. The Vikings are a power in D-III, ranked 15th this week.
Kyle Nelson and Matt Pelton led Augustana with 8 points each.