Men’s college basketball: Villanova beats Seton Hall

Associated Press

 

PHILADELPHIA — Villanova turned the site of its latest romp into the scene of a Super Bowl pep rally.

The final horn caused a celebration – not just because the Wildcats won, but to signal the certain Eagles bash ahead.

Omari Spellman hit six 3 pointers and had 26 points, 11 rebounds and helped No. 1 Villanova kick off a rousing day in Philadelphia sports with a 92-76 win over Seton Hall on Sunday.

The Wildcats (22-1, 9-1 Big East) won their ninth straight game in front of a crowd dotted with green jerseys and chanting for the Eagles hours before the Super Bowl.

No. 17 Ohio State 75,

Illinois 67

In Columbus, Ohio, Keita Bates-Diop scored a career-high 35 points and had 13 rebounds and Ohio State held off Illinois.

The Buckeyes, playing without suspended guard Kam Williams, overcame an Illinois lead to tie the score at the 5-minute mark. But they wouldn’t get the game in hand until Kaleb Wesson grabbed an offensive rebound and put it back up with 48 seconds left. That gave the Buckeyes a 72-67 lead, and any momentum Illinois had was gone for good.

The loss snapped a two-game winning streak for Illinois (12-12, 2-9). The Illini have yet to win a game on the road this season.

Mark Alstork paced Illinois with 19 points, and Trent Frazier chipped in 12.

No. 25 Arizona State 88, Washington State 78

In Pullman, Wash., Shannon Evans II scored 23 points and Romello White added 21 as Arizona State beat Washington State.

Tra Holder scored 20 for Arizona State (17-6, 5-6 Pac-12), which was coming off a loss at Washington.

Malachi Flynn scored 22 for Washington State (9-13, 1-9), which has lost five in a row and is last in the league.

Arizona State shot 70 percent in the second half to hold off the Cougars, who were undone by 18 turnovers.

The Sun Devils, who shot 44 percent in the first half, led 40-38 at halftime behind 15 points from Shannon Evans II. The Cougars were hurt by 10 turnovers in the first.

Boston College 80,

Georgia Tech 72 (OT)

In Boston, Ky Bowman scored his only three baskets after halftime in overtime and finished with 17 points to carry Boston College to a victory over Georgia Tech.

Jordan Chatman scored 19 points for Boston College (14-9, 4-6 Atlantic Coast Conference), which snapped a three-game losing streak.

Ben Lammers paced balanced scoring for Georgia Tech (11-12, 4-6) with 14 points and 12 rebounds.

 

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