Villanova pulls another upset against a top-5 team | College basketball
Villanova beat No. 3 Syracuse 75-71 in overtime, the unranked Wildcats' second victory in five days over a top-five opponent.
PHILADELPHIA — Villanova students are getting used to the routine: Count down the final seconds and storm the court at the Wells Fargo Center after watching their Wildcats knock off another opponent ranked in the top five.
The Wildcats pulled off the unlikely Saturday, tying the game in regulation on Ryan Arcidiacono's three-point basket and riding James Bell's eight points in overtime to come away with a 75-71 upset of third-ranked Syracuse before a frenzied crowd of 18,273.
The victory marked the second time in five days Villanova (13-7 overall, 4-3 Big East Conference) stunned a top-five team.
On Tuesday, the Wildcats defeated No. 5 Louisville. The student rush after that game seemed subdued compared with the mobs rushing on the court Saturday.
"What a week for us," Villanova coach Jay Wright said.
Villanova's feat didn't seem possible after the Orange (18-2, 6-1) ripped off seven straight points to take apparent control at 59-53 with 4 minutes, 24 seconds remaining in the second half.
Villanova sophomore Darrun Hilliard had three career highs — 25 points, seven rebounds, six assists.
Other Top 10 men's games
At No. 1 Duke 84, Maryland 64
Freshman Rasheed Sulaimon scored a season-high 25 points as the Blue Devils (17-2, 4-2 Atlantic Coast) beat the Terrapins (15-5, 3-4).
At No. 3 Kansas 67, Oklahoma 54
Ben McLemore scored 18 points to help the Jayhawks (18-1, 6-0 Big 12) defeat the Sooners (13-5, 4-2) and extend their winning streak to 17 games.
At Georgetown 53,
No. 5 Louisville 51
Otto Porter collected 17 points and 12 rebounds as the Hoyas (14-4, 4-3 Big East) edged the Cardinals (16-4, 4-3), who lost their third game in a row. Louisville's Peyton Siva, a graduate of Franklin High in Seattle, was scoreless on 0-for-2 shooting.
No. 8 Florida 82,
at Mississippi St. 47
Kenny Boynton and Erik Murphy each scored 18 as the Gators (16-2, 6-0 Southeastern) beat the Bulldogs (7-11, 2-4).
At No. 9 Butler 83, Temple 71
Rotnei Clarke, who didn't play for two weeks because of a sprained neck, scored 24 points as the Bulldogs (17-3, 4-1 Atlantic 10) got past the Owls (13-6, 2-3).
Top 5 women
At No. 1 Baylor 82, No. 20 Oklahoma 65
Brittney Griner set the NCAA career record for blocked shots and scored 15 points as the Bears (18-1, 8-0 Big 12) beat the Sooners (15-4, 5-2).
The 6-foot-8 Griner had eight blocks in the game, giving her 665 — two more than Louella Tomlinson had for Saint Mary's of California from 2007 to 2011.
• In other top-five women's games, No. 2 Notre Dame routed visiting Providence 89-44 and third-ranked Connecticut cruised past host Cincinnati 67-31.
• The Northern Illinois men surpassed their own NCAA Division I records for futility, scoring four points in the first half of a 42-25 loss at Eastern Michigan.
Northern Illinois set a record with a five-point first half against Dayton on Dec. 1. The Huskies also set a record Saturday for worst field-goal percentage in a modern-era game (13.1 percent), surpassing the previous mark of 13.3 percent set by Miami of Ohio against Dayton in 2001.
• A bat swooped near the court several times during Marquette's 81-71 home victory over Providence, causing delays in play. The bat came so close to Providence center Sidiki Johnson's head that he fell while trying to avoid being struck.
The "Batman" theme was played on the public-address system. With 7:36 left, lights were turned off for several minutes and the bat was not seen for the rest of the game.