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COLLEGE BASKETBALL

Roundup: Villanova escapes Providence in 2 OTs

Villanova guard Ryan Arcidiacono drives past Providence guard Josh Fortune.

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Villanova guard Ryan Arcidiacono drives past Providence guard Josh Fortune.

Ryan Arcidiacono completed a 3-point play with 3.6 seconds left in the second overtime to lift No. 9 Villanova to an 82-79 win over host Providence on Tuesday night.

Arcidiacono led the Wildcats (23-3, 11-2 Big East) with 21 points. JayVaughn Pinkston had 20 and James Bell 17. Villanova moved into a tie for first atop the Big East with Creighton.

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Bryce Cotton led the Friars (17-10, 7-7) with 22 points despite shooting just 6 of 20. Kadeem Batts finished with 21 and 11 rebounds, but fouled out on Arcidiacono’s game-winning basket. Josh Fortune added 16 points and Tyler Harris 15.

After missing shots at the end of regulation and OT, Arcidiacono drove to the basket, banking in a shot as he was fouled.

LaDontae Henton’s 3 from the left corner bounced off the front of the rim as the horn sounded, allowing Villanova to escape.

Duke 68, Georgia Tech 51 — Jabari Parker had 16 points and 14 rebounds, and the No. 5 Blue Devils (21-5, 10-3 Atlantic Coast Conference) rolled past the host Yellow Jackets (13-13, 4-9 ACC) for their fourth straight victory.

Rodney Hood sank four 3-pointers and scored 14 points for Duke, which never trailed and led by double figures for the final 28 minutes.

Kansas 64, Texas Tech 63 — Andrew Wiggins’s layup with two seconds left lifted the No. 8 Jayhawks over the Red Raiders in Lubbock, Texas.

The freshman finished with 19 points and Joel Embiid added 18 to lead the Jayhawks (20-6, 11-2). The victory for Kansas gave them 20 wins for the 25th consecutive season and 11 or more conference wins for the 20th straight year. Jordan Tolbert scored 16 points and Dejan Kravic added 13 to lead Texas Tech (13-13, 5-8).

Louisville 80, South Florida 54 — Russ Smith scored 19 points and the No. 11 host Cardinals (22-4, 11-2 American Athletic Conference) overcame foul troubles to run away from the Bulls (12-15, 3-11).

Luke Hancock added 16 points and Montrezl Harrell added 14 points despite four fouls as the Cardinals won their tuneup before Saturday’s rematch at first place and No. 7 Cincinnati. Louisville’s fifth consecutive win also completed a season sweep of the Bulls.

Virginia 57, Virginia Tech 53 — Justin Anderson and Joe Harris made consecutive 3-pointers for the No. 14 Cavaliers (22-5, 13-1 ACC), capping a rally from an 11-point, second-half deficit to beat the Hokies (9-16, 2-11) in Blacksburg, Va.

Iowa State 85, Texas 76 — Melvin Ejim scored 25 points and DeAndre Kane added 22 to help the No. 17 Cyclones (20-5, 8-5 Big 12) beat the 19th-ranked Longhorns (20-6, 9-4) in Ames, Iowa, for their fifth victory in six games.

Kentucky 84, Mississippi 70 — Julius Randle had 25 points and 13 rebounds, Aaron Harrison added 17 points, and the No. 18 Wildcats (20-6, 10-3 Southeastern Conference) defeated the host Rebels (16-10, 7-6).

Central Conn. 73, St Francis (N.Y.) 71 — Kyle Vinales hit a 3-pointer with 6 seconds left to give the Blue Devils (9-16, 5-7 Northeast Conference) the victory over the host Terriers (15-12, 6-6).

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Indiana postponed Tuesday’s game against No. 15 Iowa after an 8-foot piece of metal fell from the ceiling and into the seats at Assembly Hall in Bloomington, Ind.

No makeup date was announced.

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