College basketball roundup
No. 21 Villanova rallies past Temple
VILLANOVA — Jermaine Samuels hit three 3-pointers in the second half of a 69-59 win over Temple, keeping Villanova from its worst home losing streak in 25 years.
The national champion Wildcats (7-2) also won their 24th straight game against Big 5 teams — the annual round-robin games against city rivals Saint Joseph’s, Penn, La Salle and the Owls. Villanova hasn’t lost a city series game in six years on the dot — 76-61 on Dec. 5, 2012, against, yup, the Owls.
This year’s Owls (7-2) gave the Wildcats a heck of a game that made another upset seem quite possible.
Samuels scored a career-high 15 points and Eric Paschall had 10 in an off night for Villanova.
Nate Pierre-Louis led Temple with 17 points.
No. 19 Ohio State battles past Illini
CHICAGO — Keyshawn Woods scored 12 of his 18 points in the second half, helping Ohio State rally for a 77-67 win at the United Center.
Kaleb Wesson had 13 points for the Buckeyes (8-1, 2-0 Big Ten), and Musa Jallow finished with 11 points and nine rebounds.
Trent Frazier and Kipper Nichols scored 18 apiece as Illinois (2-7, 0-2) dropped its third straight.
The Buckeyes shot 12 for 21 (57.1 percent) from the field in the second half.
No. 3 Duke beat Hartford 84-54: Freshman RJ Barrett had 27 points and a season-best 15 rebounds, and No. 3 Duke pulled away to rout Hartford 84-54 on Wednesday night.
Zion Williamson added 18 points and 12 rebounds, and Tre Jones and Javin Delaurier finished with 10 points apiece to help the Blue Devils (8-1) win their third straight. Duke shot 62 percent in the second half to more than make up for hitting just five 3-pointers — matching a season low.
J.R. Lynch scored 13 points and Jason Dunne added 12 for Hartford (3-7), a 38-point underdog that hung around well into the second half before fading. Dunne’s long 3-pointer pulled the Hawks within eight points with just over 12 minutes left.
NO. 13 TEXAS TECH 65, ARKANSAS-PINE BLUFF 47: Jarrett Culver scored 13 points, Matt Mooney had 11 and Texas Tech remained undefeated.
The Red Raiders (8-0) entered as the nation’s top team in field goal defense, and that trend continued in their first home game this season as a ranked team.
Martaveous McKnight scored 27 points for Pine Bluff (2-6), but he was the only Lions player with more than four. The Lions shot 32.6 percent from the field.
Kyler Edwards added 10 points for Texas Tech.
NO. 14 NORTH CAROLINA 97, UNC WILMINGTON 69: Cameron Johnson scored 21 points to help North Carolina to the win.
Freshman forward Nassir Little added 14 points in the Tar Heels’ first game since losing at No. 5 Michigan last week. North Carolina (7-2) led 44-35 at halftime but went on a 30-3 run to blow this one open.
Jeantal Cylla had 16 points for UNC Wilmington, coached by former UNC assistant C.B. McGrath. The Seahawks (4-6) trailed just 44-39 early in the second half before the shots stopped falling and the Tar Heels got loose in transition.
NO. 15 VIRGINIA TECH 89, VMI 68: Justin Robinson scored 18 points to help Virginia Tech cruise to the win.
Robinson hit a trio of 3-pointers for the Hokies (7-1), who won their 21st straight regular-season nonconference game at home. Virginia Tech topped VMI (5-5) for the seventh consecutive time.
The Hokies led by as many as 37 in the second half.
Nickeil Alexander-Walker had 15 points for Virginia Tech, which shot 51.7 percent from the floor and made 11 3-pointers.
Garrett Gilkeson paced VMI with 21 points.
NO. 17 BUFFALO 89, LE MOYNE 55: CJ Massinburg had 13 points, 13 rebounds and 10 assists, and Buffalo used a big second-half run to beat Division II Le Moyne.
Dontay Caruthers scored 20 points and reserve Nick Perkins had 18, helping Buffalo (8-0) continue its best start since the 1930-31 season.
Massinburg recorded the second triple-double in program history. Shannon Evans also accomplished the feat on Dec. 30, 2014, against Binghamton.
Zay Jennings scored 16 points for Le Moyne.
The game was tied at 37 at halftime, but Buffalo grabbed control with a 23-0 run that lasted more than eight minutes in the second half.