Wildcats end Hoyas' 11-game winning streak

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PHILADELPHIA — JayVaughn Pinkston scored 20 points to help Villanova beat a top-five team for the third time this season, 67-57 over No. 5 Georgetown on Wednesday night.

Villanova's Tony Chennault (from left) and James Bell battle for a loose ball with Georgetown's Jabril Trawick in the second half of the Wildcats' upset victory.  MICHAEL PEREZ/ASSOCIATED PRESS
MICHAEL PEREZ/ASSOCIATED PRESS
Villanova's Tony Chennault (from left) and James Bell battle for a loose ball with Georgetown's Jabril Trawick in the second half of the Wildcats' upset victory.

The Wildcats (19-12, 10-8 Big East) also beat then-No. 5 Louisville and then-No. 3 Syracuse and have put themselves in solid shape for at least an NCAA Tournament at-large bid.

Otto Porter Jr. scored 17 points as the Hoyas (23-5, 13-4) had an 11-game winning streak snapped.

NO. 7 MICHIGAN 80,

PURDUE 75

In West Lafayette, Ind., Trey Burke had 26 points and five rebounds to lead Michigan (25-5, 12-5) as the Wolverines rallied past Purdue (14-16 7-10).

The Wolverines have won four of their past five games and remain in the race for a share of the Big Ten title.

NO. 11 FLORIDA 66,

VANDERBILT 40

In Gainesville, Fla., Kenny Boynton scored 15 points, Pat Young added 14 and Florida (24-5, 14-3) routed Vanderbilt (13-16, 7-10) to clinch the Southeastern Conference regular-season championship.

Florida won its fourth outright league title and third under longtime coach Billy Donovan.

Like the others, this one earned the Gators the No. 1 seed heading into next week’s SEC Tournament. It also capped a perfect season (15-0) at home and sent seniors Boynton, Erik Murphy and Mike Rosario out with a victory on “Senior Night.”

IOWA STATE 87,

NO. 13 OKLAHOMA STATE 76

In Ames, Iowa, Will Clyburn scored 20 points and Iowa State (20-10, 10-7 Big 12) beat Oklahoma State (22-7, 12-5) to bolster its NCAA Tournament hopes.

NO. 17 SYRACUSE 78,

DEPAUL 57

In Syrcause, N.Y., Brandon Triche and James Southerland combined for 37 points in the final home game of their careers, and Syracuse (23-7, 11-6 Big East) beat DePaul (11-19, 2-15) to snap a three-game losing streak.

NO. 21 VA. COMMONWEALTH 93,

RICHMOND 82

In Richmond, Va., Treveon Graham scored 15 of his 21 points in the second half, including the go-ahead basket with 2:58 to play, and Virginia Commonwealth
(24-6, 12-3 Atlantic 10) beat rival Richmond (17-13, 7-8).

SOUTH CAROLINA 79,

MISSISSIPPI STATE 72

In Columbia, Brenton Williams scored 38 points to lead South Carolina (14-16, 4-13 SEC) over Mississippi State (8-21, 3-14).

The Gamecocks won for just the second time in 11 games to climb out of last place in the conference.

Williams’ 38 points were the most ever for South Carolina in an SEC game and the second-most in the league this year. Elston Turner scored 40 for Texas A&M against Kentucky in January.

Williams made 10 of his 17 field goals, including 6 of 9 3-pointers. He also made all 12 of his free throws.

Craig Sword led Missis­sippi State with 20 points.


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