Villanova gets another win during record-breaking season
PHILADELPHIA – Darrun Hilliard scored a career-high 26 points and No. 8 Villanova set a school record for regular-season wins with a 73-56 victory over Marquette Sunday.
Josh Hart added 13 points and JayVaughn Pinkston had 11 points and seven rebounds for the Wildcats (26-3, 14-2 Big East), which has won four straight and 10 of 11.
The Wildcats had never won 26 regular-season games in the 95-year history of the program. Villanova won 25 games four previous times, most recently in 2008-09, a season it reached the Final Four.
Deonte Burton scored 13 points for Marquette (17-12, 9-7) and Todd Mayo finished with 11 points and five rebounds.
Hilliard, who had 18 points in first half, had his previous career high of 25 points in an upset win over Syracuse last season.
Villanova finished 12 of 29 from the field while Marquette was 4 for 15.
No. 20 Iowa 83, Purdue 76: Roy Devyn Marble scored 21 points and Iowa snapped a three-game losing streak.
Aaron White and Mike Gesell added 15 points each for the Hawkeyes (20-9, 9-7 Big Ten), who have recorded consecutive 20-win seasons for the first time in eight years.
Iowa blew a 13-point halftime lead, but an 8-0 run put the Hawkeyes back ahead 68-64 with 5:56 left. Gesell then hit five free throws in the final 41 seconds to help the Hawkeyes narrowly avoid losing their fourth home game in five tries.
Rapheal Davis scored a career-high 18 points and A.J. Hammons had 16 points with 14 rebounds for Purdue (15-14, 5-11), which is on its second four-game losing streak in conference play.
Indiana 72, No. 22 Ohio St. 64: Kevin “Yogi” Ferrell scored 20 points and Will Sheehey added 19 for Indiana.
It was the second straight win for the Hoosiers (17-12, 7-9 Big Ten) – both over ranked teams in the last four days.
LaQuinton Ross and Lenzelle Smith Jr. had 19 points each for the Buckeyes (22-8, 9-8), who lost their second straight – both road games against teams in the bottom half of the conference race.
The Hoosiers were without freshman Noah Vonleh, the conference’s leading rebounder, because of an injured foot.
Indiana closed the half on a 21-5 run to take a 33-25 lead, fended off two second-half charges from Ohio State and sealed it from the free throw line in the final minute.