- The Washington Times - Monday, January 19, 2009

From combined dispatches

No. 4 Connecticut 76, Seton Hall 61: A.J. Price scored 23 points to lead the Huskies to a victory over the Pirates in Hartford, Conn., on Sunday - the Huskies’ fifth Big East win since losing their conference opener to Georgetown.

Hasheem Thabeet added 15 points, 17 rebounds and four blocked shots for UConn (16-1, 5-1 Big East). Jeff Adrien had 13 points and 12 rebounds, the senior’s 40th career double-double.

Price had 14 points at the half, helping UConn to a 16 point lead.

Seton Hall’s Jeremy Hazell scored 15 of his 20 in the second half. He was just 2-for-11 from the field in the first half. Robert Mitchell added 19 points and nine rebounds for the Pirates.

UConn has won 22 of its last 24 games against Seton Hall (9-8), which is now 0-5 in the Big East.

Connecticut opened up a 28-19 lead early behind the shooting of Jerome Dyson and Price, who combined for 15 of those points.

Seton Hall cut that lead to five before Stanley Robinson blocked a 3-point attempt by Hazell. That led to a 3-pointer by Price on the other end and a 10-point Huskies lead at 33-23.

Connecticut closed the half on a 14-3 run and led 42-26 at intermission.

No. 15 Xavier 73, La Salle 53: B.J. Raymond scored 16 points and the Musketeers relied on their offensive balance to beat the Explorers in Cincinnati and remain unbeaten atop the Atlantic 10 Conference.

Xavier (15-2, 4-0) has won six in a row since a home-court loss to Butler on Dec. 23, with its freshmen blending in better as the season goes along.

La Salle (9-7, 1-2) was coming off a 68-61 win over Charlotte on Wednesday that moved the Explorers three games over .500 for the first time in two years. They never led against Xavier, which squeezed the momentum out of La Salle in the first half with its halfcourt defense.

Northwestern 74, No. 18 Minnesota 65: Craig Moore hit six 3-pointers and finished with 22 points to lead the Wildcats past the Gophers in Evanston, Ill., for their first win over a ranked opponent in nearly three years.

The Wildcats (9-6, 1-4) had not beaten a Top 25 team since a three-point victory over then No. 18 Iowa on Feb. 8, 2006. They had dropped 27 of 28 Big Ten games, including their first four this season.

Northwestern went on a 16-0 run early in the second half to grab a 10-point lead. Lawrence Westbrook scored 18 for Minnesota (16-2, 4-2).

No. 19 Purdue 75, Iowa 53: E’Twaun Moore scored 13 points to help the Boilermakers defeat the Hawkeyes in West Lafayette, Ind.

Keaton Grant scored 12 points, Nemanja Calasan had 10 and Robbie Hummel added nine points, eight rebounds and two blocks for the Boilermakers (14-4, 3-2 Big Ten). It was Purdue’s third straight Big Ten win after starting 0-2.

The Boilermakers sank seven 3-pointers in the second half. Grant made four of five, and Moore added two.

David Palmer led Iowa with 19 points, and Matt Gatens added 10 for the Hawkeyes (11-7, 1-4), who lost their third consecutive game.

No. 23 Villanova 76, St. John’s 57: Donte Cunningham scored 17 points, and Dwayne Anderson added a season-high 14 to lead the Wildcats to a victory over the Red Storm in Villanova, Pa.

Antonio Pena had 12 points for the Wildcats (14-3, 2-2 Big East), who set a team mark with their 24th straight homecourt victory.

D.J. Kennedy had 18 points and Quincy Roberts 14 for St. John’s (10-7, 1-4), which lost for the sixth time in seven games while dropping its fifth in a row to Villanova.

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