- The Washington Times - Thursday, March 19, 2009

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Dwayne Anderson and Dante Cunningham each scored 25 points, and Villanova rallied back from a 14-point hole.

The third-seeded Wildcats (27-7) lost their home-court advantage and nearly lost the game, needing a late 19-2 run in the East Regional to fend off the Patriot League champions.

The 14th-seeded Eagles (24-8) sizzled from 3-point range early and pushed Villanova to the brink of a monumental upset.

The loss ended the Eagles’ 13-game winning streak, the second-longest in the country. Garrison Carr scored 22 points for American.

The Wildcats play the UCLA-Virginia Commonwealth winner on Saturday.

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