- The Washington Times - Monday, December 14, 2009


TEMPLE 75, NO. 3 VILLANOVA 65: Villanova’s perfect record and city dominance are finished.

Juan Fernandez hit seven 3-pointers and scored a career-high 33 points, and Ryan Brooks added 20 points in the Owls’ victory over the Wildcats on Sunday in Philadelphia.

Temple (8-2) fans bellowed “Overrated!” moments before they stormed the court in their biggest win in coach Fran Dunphy’s four seasons.

Fernandez led a sizzling 3-point attack that stunned the Wildcats (9-1) in the second half and helped the Owls pull away for their first win over a top-five team since beating No. 1 Cincinnati on Feb. 20, 2000. The Owls opened the half on an 11-0 run and grabbed a lead they would never surrender.

The fans want an encore, stomping the court and chanting “We Want Kansas!” in preparation for the top-ranked Jayhawks’ visit on Jan. 2.

The Wildcats hadn’t lost a city series game since Dec. 4, 2008, against Saint Joseph’s. Villanova has won 21 of its last 23 Big 5 games.

Lavoy Allen had 10 points and 17 rebounds for the Owls in their fourth straight win.

Scottie Reynolds led Villanova with 23 points, Antonio Pena had 16 and Corey Fisher 14.

NO. 7 SYRACUSE 75, ST. FRANCIS (N.Y.) 51: Arinze Onuaku had 14 points, Wes Johnson added 12 points, nine rebounds and four blocks and the Orange beat the Terriers in Syracuse, N.Y.

Syracuse (10-0) was coming off an 85-73 victory over No. 10 Florida, the Orange’s second win this season over a top-10 team. They took control against the Terriers (3-6) behind a first-half flurry inside by Onuaku and Johnson’s long-range shooting early in the second.

Rick Jackson had 11 points and Mookie Jones 10 for Syracuse.

XAVIER 83, NO. 19 CINCINNATI 79 (2OT): Jason Love got his 19th rebound with 9.8 seconds left and made a clinching free throw, leading the Musketeers to a double-overtime victory over the Bearcats in a nasty and classic renewal of their crosstown rivalry.

Xavier (6-3) wasted a 10-point lead in regulation, survived Lance Stephenson’s off-target shot at the end of the first overtime, then pulled it out on its home court behind its lone senior.


NO. 2 STANFORD 96, DEPAUL 60: Nnemkadi Ogwumike scored 24 points, Jeanette Pohlen added 17 and the Cardinal showed no signs of rust following a two-week layoff for final exams, beating the Blue Demons in Stanford, Calif., for their 33rd straight home win.

NO. 4 TENNESSEE 68, RUTGERS 54: Shekinna Stricklen scored 19 points to lead a balanced offense, and the Volunteers (8-0) beat the Bears in the Maggie Dixon Classic at Madison Square Garden in New York.

NO. 5 LSU 57, NEW ORLEANS 33: Allison Hightower scored 16 of her 20 points in the first half, and the Tigers pulled away midway through the second half to a victory over the Privateers in Baton Rouge, La.

NO. 6 BAYLOR 68, BOSTON COLLEGE 55: Brittney Griner scored 25 points, and the Bears beat the Eagles in the first game of the Maggie Dixon Classic.

NO. 9 OHIO STATE 79, MISSISSIPPI 78: Andrea Walker made two free throws with 40 seconds left to cap the Buckeyes’ 12-0 game-closing run in a victory over the Rebels in Oxford, Miss.

NO. 11 NORTH CAROLINA 81, GARDNER-WEBB 65: Cetera DeGraffenreid had 19 points and Italee Lucas added 18, leading the Tar Heels past the Bulldogs in Chapel Hill, N.C.

NO. 21 MICHIGAN 94, FLORIDA GULF COAST 71: Jasmine Thomas scored 15 points, reserve Lauren Aitch added 14 and the Spartans beat the Eagles in East Lansing, Mich.

NO. 23 KANSAS 77, CREIGHTON 56: Angel Goodrich scored a career-high 20 points, Danielle McCray added 18 and the Jayhawks held off a second-half surge from Blue Jays for a victory in Lawrence, Kan.

NO. 24 NEBRASKA 69, NORTHERN ILLINOIS 44: Dominique Kelley scored 14 points, Cory Montgomery added 13 and the Cornhuskers beat the Huskies in Lincoln, Neb., for their school-record 10th straight win and the best start in program history.

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