No. 2 Syracuse 68, St. John's 63
C.J. Fair and Tyler Ennis both scored 21 points, and Syracuse pulled out a victory over St. John's on Sunday at Madison Square Garden.
Fair hit three big shots from the same spot - about 15 feet from the basket on the right baseline. The smooth left-handed shooter tied the game from there at 58 with 6:51 to go, then he made two more in the final 3 minutes as the Orange (10-0) were able to open a lead as big as seven points.
Ennis had 15 points in the first half as Syracuse took a 39-27 lead. The Red Storm (6-3) chipped away and were able to tie it at 53 on three free throws by Rysheed Jordan with 9:16 to go. There were then four lead changes and three ties as Syracuse became the second highly ranked team to escape this weekend.
No. 1 Arizona beat Michigan 72-70 on Saturday.
D'Angelo Harrison led St. John's with 21 points on 6-of-19 shooting, including 1 of 5 from 3-point range.
Since 1979, this had always been a Big East Conference game. Syracuse is now a member of the Atlantic Coast Conference, and St. John's remained in the Big East. The majority of the crowd of 16,357 was rooting for Syracuse, something they used to get to do during the Big East tournament. Now, it will be a rare visit to Madison Square Garden for the Orange.
This was Syracuse's first true road game this season. It was the Orange's ninth straight win in the series that Syracuse leads 51-37.
The Red Storm missed their first 10 attempts from 3-point range and were 1 of 15 overall. They were coming off a 104-58 victory over Fordham in which they shot 60 percent on 3s.
St. John's came into the game leading the nation in blocked shots at 10.5 per game. The Red Storm had five Sunday, one more than Syracuse.
Chris Obekkpa of the Red Storm, who leads the nation in blocked shots at 5.5 per game, had three.
Jerami Grant scored 14 points for the Orange.
Jordan had a career-high 13 points for the Red Storm and JaKarr Sampson added 12.
No. 10 Villanova 73, La Salle 52
Darrun Hilliard scored 21 points and Josh Hart added 13, lifting undefeated Villanova past La Salle.
The Wildcats are 10-0 for the first time since the 2005-06 season, and three shy of matching the program-best 13-0 start in 1937-38.
The Wildcats have now thumped city rivals Penn, Saint Joseph's and the Explorers (5-5) by at least 20 points in each game.
Coach Jay Wright's team isn't in the top 10 because of victories against the city lightweights, but because of wins over Top 25 teams Kansas and Iowa.
The Wildcats opened the second on a 15-5 run that helped them build a comfortable lead. They shot well over 50 percent for most of the half to beat La Salle for the 11th time in the last 12 games.
La Salle's Jerrell Wright scored 18 of his 20 points in the first half. The Explorers snapped a 10-game series losing streak to Villanova last season on their way toward a surprising run in the Sweet Sixteen.
But this one was pretty much all Villanova.
The Wildcats' 38-34 halftime lead was stretched in a hurry, with JayVaughn Pinkston hitting a 3 for a 46-35 lead. Hilliard and Kris Jenkins nailed consecutive 3s for a 57-39 lead. Jenkins scored 11.
Unable to handle Villanova's hand-in-the face D, the Explorers totally lost their way in the second half. They committed six turnovers on the first eight possessions and had 10 in the half at the 7:13 mark, well above their 9.9 per game average.
La Salle may have been the best team in Philly hoops this season. A year after a surprising trip to the NCAA tournament, the Wildcats have clearly wrested that title again.
No. 24 Missouri 66, Western Michigan 60
Jabari Brown scored 15 points while Jordan Clarkson and Earnest Ross both added 12 to help Missouri defeat Western Michigan.
Missouri (10-0) looked rusty at times after an eight-day break for final exams and clung to a 47-45 lead with 10:46 remaining. Tony Criswell's jumper two minutes later capped a 9-0 run as the Tigers pulled away.
Missouri stretched its NCAA-best homecourt winning streak to 25 games and has won 80 straight games against nonconference opponents at Mizzou Arena dating to the 2005-06 opener.
St. Louis native David Brown led Western Michigan (5-4) with 18 points and Shayne Whittington added 16 points and 10 rebounds.
Missouri scored 80 points against West Virginia and then-No. 18 UCLA in its previous two games, but struggled to maintain that momentum into Sunday.
The Tigers made 50 percent of their shots (23 of 46), but only scored two points during a seven-minute stretch in the first half before Clarkson hit one of two free throws with 3:47 before the break.
No. 5 Kentucky 73, E. Tennessee St. 56
Janee Thompson and Samarie Walker each scored 12 points to lead Kentucky to a victory over East Tennessee State.
The Wildcats tied a school record with their 11th consecutive victory to open the season.
Linnae Harper added 10 points for Kentucky.
Maria Bond led East Tennessee State (2-6) with 14 points, and Chandler Christopher had 11.
No. 9 Baylor 100, Houston Baptist 57
Odyssey Sims had 25 points and seven assists, Nina Davis added 16 points to help Baylor rout Houston Baptist.
The Lady Bears (8-1) extended their home-court winning streak to a nation's-best 65 games. They were playing for the first time since a 133-130, four-overtime loss to No. 5 Kentucky at the Dallas Cowboys' stadium Dec. 6.
Tayler Jefferson had 13 points for the Huskies (3-5).
No. 12 Penn State 66, No. 24 Texas A&M 58
Maggie Lucas scored 26 points in Penn State's victory over Texas A&M.
Ariel Edwards added 14 points for Penn State (7-3). Courtney Walker led Texas A&M (6-3) with 20 points, and Tori Scott had 14.
No. 13 LSU 58, Arkansas-Little Rock 51
Theresa Plaisance had 19 points and a career-high 15 rebounds in LSU's comeback victory over Arkansas-Little Rock.
LSU (8-1) trailed 30-24 at half before opening the second half on a 16-5 run, led by 10 points from Raigyne Moncrief during the stretch. Plaisance scored 15 of her season-high 19 points in the second half.
No. 16 Georgia 91, Kennesaw State 32
Merritt Hempe scored 14 of her career-high 18 points in the first half to help Georgia rout Kennesaw State.
Shacobla Barbee and Tiaria Griffin each had 13 points for Georgia (10-0). Kristina Wells and Bria Young led the Owls (1-8) with 12 points each.
No. 18 Purdue 71, Kansas 68
Courtney Moses scored 21 points and Purdue held off Kansas.
KK Houser had 14 points and eight assists for Purdue (7-2). Chelsea Gardner and Asia Boyd each scored 17 points for Kansas (5-5).
No. 20 Oklahoma 105, Md. Eastern Shore 46
Nicole Kornet scored a career-high 26 points for Oklahoma
Kaylon Williams added 14 points for Oklahoma (7-3). Alexis Udoji had 13 points to lead Maryland-Eastern Shore (3-6).
No. 22 California 70, CSU Bakersfield 51
Hind Ben Abdelkader scored a career-high 18 points, Reshanda Gray added 14 in California's victory over Cal State Bakersfield.
Ben Abdelkader made six 3-pointers, including five in a row in the second half to help California (7-2) extend its winning streak to seven. Tyonna Outland had 13 points for Cal State Bakersfield (3-6).