College Basketball

Roundup: Villanova brings down Louisville

Achraf Yacoubou (above) hit the go-ahead three with just less than four minutes left and the Wildcats held on.

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Achraf Yacoubou (above) hit the go-ahead three with just less than four minutes left and the Wildcats held on.

Achraf Yacoubou hit the tiebreaking 3-pointer late in the second half to help Villanova upset No. 5 Louisville, 73-64, Tuesday night in Philadelphia.

The Wildcats (12-7, 3-3 Big East) led by as many as 10 points in the first half and rallied late in the second to send the Cardinals to their second straight loss. Louisville (16-3, 4-2) had an 11-game winning streak end in a 70-68 loss to Syracuse on Saturday.


Ryan Arcidiacono scored 15 points, and JayVaughn Pinkston and Mouphtaou Yarou each scored 11 for Villanova.

Yacoubou hit the go-ahead three with just less than four minutes left and the Wildcats held on.

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Kansas 59, Kansas State 55 — Travis Releford scored 12 points and the No. 3 Jayhawks held off the host No. 11 Wildcats down the stretch to take sole possession of first place in the Big 12.

Ben McLemore and Jeff Withey added 11 points each for Kansas (17-1, 5-0), which pushed its nation-leading winning streak to 16 games — matching the third-longest under coach Bill Self — and ended the 12-game home winning streak of Kansas State (15-3, 4-1).

Wake Forest 86, North Carolina State 84 — Freshman Devin Thomas had a season-high 25 points, 14 rebounds, and 4 blocks to help the host Demon Deacons (10-8, 3-3 Atlantic Coast) upset the No. 18 Wolfpack (15-4, 4-2).


Travis McKie added 16 points for the Demon Deacons, including two free throws with 3.4 seconds left that helped Wake Forest hold on down the stretch in a wild final 4½ minutes.

Ohio State 72, Iowa 63 — Deshaun Thomas, who missed part of the second half with a cut above his eye, scored 16 points and the No. 14 Buckeyes (14-4, 4-2 Big Ten) built a big lead and then held on to beat the visiting Hawkeyes (13-6, 2-4).

Michigan St. 49, Wisconsin 47 — Keith Appling scored 19 points and Branden Dawson added 18 to lead the No. 13 Spartans (17-3, 6-1 Big 10) over the Badgers (13-6, 4-2) in Madison, Wis.

Missouri 71, South Carolina 65 — Earnest Ross and Jabari Brown hit key 3-pointers in the final 1:11 and the No. 22 Tigers (14-4, 3-2 SEC) overcame 5-for-27 shooting from long range and a 13-point second-half deficit to beat the visiting Gamecocks (11-7, 1-4).

Illinois 71, Nebraska 51 — D.J. Richardson scored a career-high 30 points, Brandon Paul added 14, and the No. 23 Illini (15-5, 2-4 Big Ten) ended a three-game losing streak with a victory over the Cornhuskers (10-10, 1-6) in Lincoln, Neb.

Pittsburgh 68, Providence 64 — Lamar Patterson scored 17 points to lead the visiting Panthers (16-4, 4-3 Big East) over the Friars (10-9, 2-5).

Maine 71, Vermont 68 — Justin Edwards scored 22 points and Alasdair Fraser 20 as the host Black Bears (8-11, 3-3 America East) ended a three-game losing streak with a victory over the Catamounts (12-7, 5-2).


Northeastern 60, George Mason 51 — Deanna Kerkhof had 16 points and Kashaia Cannon added 14 to lift the Huskies (11-6, 4-2 CAA) over the Patriots (6-10, 1-4) in Fairfax, Va. Christine Huber added 10 points and Jewel Tunstull had a game-high 14 rebounds. George Mason was led by Rahneeka Saunders with 17 points and Amber Easter with 10.

Louisville 64, Marquette 63 — Monique Reid made a fast-break layup with seven seconds left to hold off a furious rally and give the No. 13 Cardinals (16-4, 4-2 Big East) the victory over the Golden Eagles (10-8, 2-3) in Milwaukee.

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