Top 25 men's and women's basketball roundup
Purdue 69, No. 5 Virginia 40
Purdue coach Matt Painter packed his lineup with more scoring punch Wednesday night.
Sasha Stefanovic made sure it paid off.
Just hours after learning he would make his first career start, the sophomore guard poured in a career-high 20 points, Jahaad Proctor added 16 and the Boilermakers shut down Virginia with a rout in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge.
“Anytime you want to loosen up a defense that’s trying to prevent the ball from getting into the paint — and they’re so good at that — you’ve got to be able to make some shots," Painter said. "You can see tonight, he (Stefanovic) can really change some things with his ability to shoot.”
It was a milestone night not just for Stefanovic.
For the first time in the 52-year history of Mackey Arena, the Boilermakers (5-3) beat a top-five team from outside the Big Ten. They held their sixth straight opponent under 60 points, their longest stretch since 2010-11. And yes, they even got the satisfaction of snapping the Cavaliers' 13-game winning streak, a little more than eight months after Virginia outlasted Purdue in overtime during a classic Elite Eight game in the NCAA Tournament.
This time, Purdue left nothing to chance.
Stefanovic started the game with three straight 3-pointers to help the Boilermakers take charge early. He finished with six 3s and played a big part in helping the Boilermakers seal it, too.
And a matchup that was expected to be a low-scoring game between two of the nation's stingiest defenses never materialized. Instead, the Boilermakers made it look easy against the defending national champs by making 13 3-pointers — the most allowed by Virginia (7-1) all season.
“When you go against a team that's that well-coached and that intense and that physical, it kind of takes your breath away,” Cavaliers coach Tony Bennett said. “We played on our heels all game and I had a feeling there was going to be extra motivation with that setting.”
Jay Huff had 11 points and Mamadi Diakite finished with 10 to lead Virginia, which finished with its lowest point total since a 65-39 loss to Florida in March 2017.
Purdue never really gave the Cavaliers a chance.
After the teams opened the game with four straight baskets, Purdue dug in, locked down and seized control with a 12-0 run over nearly seven minutes to take a 26-9 lead late in the first half.
Virginia never got closer than 12 the rest of the game and it only got worse in the second half when Purdue extended a 32-17 halftime lead to 43-22 in less than five minutes.
Even after the Cavaliers looked as though they might make a charge, cutting the deficit to 51-36 with 7:37 left, the Boilermakers scored 16 in a row.
“We've been struggling to shoot it lately," Proctor said. “When Sasha gets it going, it makes the game a lot more fun. It makes it easier. So I want to thank Sasha for that one.”
There's no doubt the Cavaliers can play defense, but they need to find answers on offense and fast. Virginia shot 37.2% from the field, was 4 of 24 on 3-pointers and had 16 turnovers. The Cavaliers have scored fewer than 50 points in three straight games.
“It’s painful," Bennett said. “This was a real physical, hard-nosed, tough team. That's what the ACC is about, too. So we're going to have to tighten the screws and get better and better.”
The Boilermakers appear to be hitting their stride just in time for the start of conference play. They've won two straight over ranked teams by getting physical and tough.
“Last year happened, there’s nothing you can do about it now," Stefanovic said. “We just came in and wanted to fight them and just do what we do best. And I think we did it.”
No. 6 Ohio State 74, No. 7 North Carolina 49
Duane Washington Jr. had 18 points and Ohio State shot 54% in the second half to hand North Carolina its most lopsided home loss under Hall of Fame coach Roy Williams.
E.J. Liddell added 12 points for the Buckeyes (8-0), who led 29-27 at halftime. Ohio State outscored UNC 35-13 over the final 15 1/2 minutes to break open the ACC/Big Ten Challenge game.
Cole Anthony scored 15 points to lead the Tar Heels (6-2), though he had to leave briefly during the first half when he sustained a cut near his hairline while being fouled, leaving blood running down the center of his forehead. North Carolina shot just 27.4% and played much of the way without freshman big man Armando Bacot, who exited in the first half with a left ankle injury.
No. 3 Maryland 72, Notre Dame 51
Jalen Smith had 15 points and a career-high 16 rebounds as Maryland cruised past Notre Dame in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge.
Eric Ayala scored 14 points and Aaron Wiggins added 11 for the Terrapins (9-0), off to their best start since winning 10 in a row to open the 1998-99 season.
John Mooney had 17 points and 12 rebounds for Notre Dame (6-2), which had won six straight since beginning the season with a loss at North Carolina.
After falling behind 9-4, Maryland allowed just four points over the next 12:31.
No. 9 Gonzaga 101, Texas Southern 62
Corey Kispert scored 17 points, Joel Ayayi added 16 and Gonzaga beat Texas Southern to rebound from a loss to Michigan in the Battle 4 Atlantis title game.
Seven players scored in double figures for Gonzaga (9-1). The Zags have 28 consecutive home wins, the second-longest streak in the nation behind Tennessee.
Gonzaga made 12 of its first 15 shots and led 53-30 at halftime before scoring the first nine points of the second half. The Bulldogs have five players banged up but bounced back from an 82-64 loss to Michigan last Friday that was their most lopsided since 2014.
Tyrik Armstrong had 15 points for Texas Southern (2-6).
No. 20 Colorado 76, Loyola Marymount 64
D'Shawn Schwartz had a season-high 16 points, including a tiebreaking 3-pointer late, and Colorado withstood an upset scare from Loyola Marymount.
McKinley Wright IV also scored 16 and Tyler Bey had 13 points and eight rebounds for the Buffaloes (7-0), who overcame 18 turnovers and a big performance from Lions junior Eli Scott to remain unbeaten.
Scott finished with a career-high 31 points and grabbed 10 rebounds for his second double-double of the season.
The Lions came close to pulling off a surprise but went cold down the stretch. Scott's layup with 4:17 left tied it at 61, but Loyola Marymount didn't make another field goal until Scott's dunk with eight seconds left. They missed nine straight shots from the field and three of four free throws.
No. 21 Tennessee 72, Florida A&M 43
John Fulkerson scored 15 points to lead five Tennessee players in double figures as the Volunteers trounced winless Florida A&M for their 31st consecutive home victory.
Tennessee (7-1) owns the longest active home winning streak of any Division I team. The Vols haven’t lost at home since falling 94-84 to Auburn on Jan. 2, 2018.
Their latest victory improved Rick Barnes’ coaching record to 699-365 in 32 seasons at George Mason (1987-88), Providence (1988-94), Clemson (1994-98), Texas (1998-2015) and Tennessee (2015-present). Barnes will try to become the seventh active head coach to earn 700 career Division I wins when Tennessee hosts No. 15 Memphis on Dec. 14.
Yves Pons scored 14 points and Olivier Nkamhoua had 11 for Tennessee.
Evins Desir scored 11 for Florida A&M (0-7).
No. 22 Washington 90, Eastern Washington 80
Quade Green had 20 points and eight assists, and Jaden McDaniels added 17 points before fouling out as Washington beat Eastern Washington.
Coming off the bench for the first time this season, Green provided a spark after a sluggish start by the Huskies. Washington scored a season-high 47 points in the first half and withstood every challenge in a foul-filled second half from the preseason favorites in the Big Sky Conference.
Outside of a few sloppy stretches, Washington (7-1) also avoided getting caught looking ahead to Sunday’s showdown with No. 9 Gonzaga.
Kim Aiken Jr. led Eastern Washington (4-3) with 26 points.
No. 23 Villanova 80, Penn 69
Saddiq Bey scored a career-high 27 points to lead Villanova over Penn.
The Wildcats (6-2) finally pulled away from the Quakers over the final two minutes to avoid a second straight loss to their Philadelphia basketball rival. Justin Moore converted a three-point play to give Villanova the breathing room it needed to hold off pesky Penn (5-4).
Jordan Dingle and AJ Brodeur each scored 18 points for Penn. Moore finished with 17 for the Wildcats.
The Quakers pulled off one of the biggest upsets in Philly hoops history last season when they knocked off the national champion Wildcats 78-75 at the Palestra. The Wildcats had won a city-record 25 straight games against Big 5 rivals Temple, Saint Joseph's, La Salle and the Quakers.
No. 25 Utah State 71, San Jose State 59
Justin Bean had 18 points and 14 rebounds, and Utah State bounced back from its first loss of the season by beating San Jose State in the Mountain West Conference opener.
The Aggies (8-1, 1-0) fell 81-73 last week at Saint Mary's in a matchup between two of the top mid-major teams in the country. They fared much better in their return to the Bay Area by running away from the Spartans (3-6, 0-1) in the second half.
Utah State used a 9-0 spurt fueled by five turnovers from San Jose State to build an 11-point lead early in the second half and mostly coasted from there.
Sam Merrill scored 14 points, Alphonso Anderson added 12 and Diogo Brito had 10 for the Aggies.
Seneca Knight scored 17 points to lead the Spartans, who have lost four straight. San Jose State hasn't beaten a ranked team since knocking off No. 19 Alabama in December 1996.
No. 14 Indiana 58, No. 21 Miami 45
Jaelynn Penn scored 17 points, Ali Patberg had 12 points, five rebounds and six assists, and Indiana beat Miami in the Big Ten/ACC Challenge.
Patberg scored 12 points in the first half as Indiana led 31-25, and Penn added seven points in the third quarter to make it 46-35.
Aleksa Gulbe had 10 points and eight rebounds for Indiana (7-1), which played its third ranked opponent in four outings.
Penn gave Indiana a 13-point lead late in the third quarter, but Miami scored the next seven points — all at the free-throw line — to pull within six with 4:18 remaining. Brenna Wise and Penn each made a 3-pointer a minute apart and Penn sank six free throws in the final 1:17 to seal it.
Endia Banks scored 13 points for Miami (5-3). Beatrice Mompremier, averaging 18.1 points and 8.6 rebounds, was held to 11 points on 3-of-11 shooting.
No. 7 Baylor 72, Georgia 38
Queen Egbo had 20 points and 11 rebounds as Baylor rebounded from its first loss in nearly a year with a win over Georgia.
The defending national champion Lady Bears (8-1) had won 36 in a row overall before their loss Saturday night to then-No. 5 South Carolina at a tournament in the U.S. Virgin Islands.
NaLyssa Smith added 15 points and Te'a Cooper had her eighth consecutive double-figure scoring game with 11 points for Baylor, which extended its home winning streak to 45 games. The Lady Bears have also won 55 consecutive home games against non-conference teams since a loss to UConn in January 2014.
Maya Caldwell and Gabby Connally both had had 11 points for Georgia (6-3), which had a three-game winning streak snapped.
No. 12 Texas A&M 76, Central Arkansas 46
Kayla Wells scored 18 points, Chennedy Carter had 12 points and nine assists and Texas A&M beat Central Arkansas.
Wells opened the scoring with a 3-pointer and she had 10 points in the first quarter to help Texas A&M build a 26-12 lead. The Aggies started the second quarter on a 17-3 run for a 28-point lead, and it was 47-21 at the break.
Ciera Johnson added 15 points and Aaliyah Wilson scored 13 for Texas A&M (6-1), which was coming off its first loss of the season to then-No. 12 Florida State.
Savanna Walker had 13 points and 10 rebounds for Central Arkansas (2-5), and Taylor Sells added 10 points and eight rebounds.
No. 15 Kentucky 86, Charlotte 39
Rhyne Howard tied a career-high with 29 points and had seven rebounds and four steals to help No. 15 Kentucky beat Charlotte 86-39 on Wednesday.
Kentucky scored the first 10 points of the game and made four of its first five 3-point attempts to build a 23-5 lead. The Cats ended the quarter making 10 of 16 field goals for a 29-9 lead and it was 42-22 at halftime, led by Howard's 19 points.
Sabrina Haines added 16 points and Jaida Roper scored 10 for Kentucky (8-0). Howard made 10 of 18 field goals, including 2 of 7 from behind the arc, and 7 of 8 free throws to match her point total against Southern last season.
Jazmin Harris had a team-high eight points for Charlotte (6-2). The 49ers turned it over 22 times, leading to 24 Kentucky points.
No. 21 Missouri State 68, Wichita State 55
Alexa Willard scored 14 points, Jasmine Franklin had a double-double and Missouri State started a 19-2 run late in the third quarter en route to their fourth straight win.
Brice Calip had 12 points for the Bears (8-1), and Franklin had 11 points and 10 rebounds.
The Bears, in the Top 25 for the first time this season, got four free throws from Elle Ruffridge in the final minute of the third quarter to go on top 45-40. Four more free throws before a 3-pointer from Sydney Wilson pushed the lead to 52-40 two minutes into the fourth quarter.
Wichita State scored 10 consecutive points to close within nine with 2:21 to play but the Bears calmly closed it out.
Maybe Brewer led Wichita State (4-3) with career-high 14 points and McCully had 13.
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