- Associated Press - Sunday, December 14, 2014

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) - Terry Rozier and Montrezl Harrell each scored 19 points and played big roles down the stretch in helping No. 4 Louisville survive UNC Wilmington 68-57 on Sunday night.

A game that the Cardinals seemed to be gaining control of with an 18-point lead early in the second half was soon cut to 52-50 as the Seahawks went on a 15-0 run over 4:07.

That’s when Rozier asserted himself, scoring six of Louisville’s next 10 points in a run that included Harrell’s basket. UNCW cooled off after that, missing 10 of its final 13 shots to lose the first meeting between the schools.

Harrell also grabbed 17 rebounds, and Wayne Blackshear scored 11 points for the Cardinals (9-0). They won despite shooting just 42 percent from the field and making only one of 13 3-point attempts.

Freddie Jackson scored 16 points and Jordon Talley had 13 for the stubborn Seahawks (3-3). They shot just 39 percent.

NO. 7 VILLANOVA 85, TEMPLE 62

VILLANOVA, Pa. (AP) - Josh Hart and Darrun Hilliard each scored 20 points to lead Villanova past Temple.

The Wildcats are 10-0 for the second straight season and have won all three games against their Philadelphia rivals. They started 11-0 last season before losing to Syracuse. Up next for the Wildcats, another date with the Orange.

Hart and Hilliard became the first Wildcats to score 20 points this season. Both players made 6 of 7 shots from the field with three 3-pointers.

Quenton DeCosey led the Owls (6-4) with 18 points.

The Wildcats were never seriously threatened and won their ninth straight game in Philadelphia’s city series played by the “Big 5” of Villanova, Temple, La Salle, Saint Joseph’s and Penn. The Wildcats don’t play Penn until Jan. 17.

NO. 14 IOWA STATE 88, SOUTHERN 78

AMES, Iowa (AP) - Georges Niang and Bryce Dejean-Jones each scored 18 points and Iowa State held off Southern for its fifth straight victory.

Monte Morris had 15 points and five assists for Iowa State (8-1). The Cyclones led by 27 before a late Southern run.

Iowa State shook off a sluggish start with an 18-0 run late in the first half and early in the second. The Cyclones went ahead 53-35 on Naz Long’s layup with 16:13 left, and hung on for their 26th straight nonconference home victory.

Tre Lynch scored 20 of his 22 points in the second half to lead Southern (2-8). Iowa State outscored the Jaguars 41-8 during one stretch.

TENNESSEE 67, NO. 15 BUTLER 55

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Josh Richardson scored 18 of his 20 points after halftime Sunday, and Tennessee rallied from a 12-point second-half deficit.

Butler (8-2) led 37-25 after Kellen Dunham’s 3-pointer in the opening minute of the second half, but Richardson scored the game’s next eight points to spark a 12-0 run that tied the score. Tennessee took the lead for good on Armani Moore’s basket with 6:15 left.

Kevin Punter added 18 points for Tennessee (4-3). Richardson and Punter combined to shoot 16 of 23, and Richardson also had a career-high six steals.

Butler shot 6 of 23 and committed nine turnovers in the second half. Tennessee outscored Butler 19-5 in points off turnovers.

Dunham scored 16 points, but only two of those came in the game’s final 19 minutes. Kelan Martin added 13 for Butler.

NO. 17 WASHINGTON 81, EASTERN WASHINGTON 77

SEATTLE (AP) - Nigel Williams-Goss and Darin Johnson hit 3-pointers in the final 1:16 to cap a big comeback and Washington beat Eastern Washington.

Robert Upshaw led Washington with a career-high 21 points and added nine rebounds and six blocks. Williams-Goss had 19 points and Andrew Andrews 18 for the Huskies (8-0).

Upshaw’s tip-in with 1:42 to play gave the Huskies their first lead since midway through the first half, 71-70. Drew Brandon had an airball on a 3-point attempt for Eastern Washington and Williams-Goss then hit his 3-pointer from the left elbow to push the lead to four points. After a pair of free throws by Eastern Washington, Johnson hit another 3-pointer with 53 seconds left.

Andrews sealed the win by making all four of his free throws in the last 33 seconds.

Tyler Harvey had 21 points for Eastern Washington (8-2), and Drew Brandon added 16.

NO. 22 WEST VIRGINIA 69, MARSHALL 66

CHARLESTON, W.Va. - Juwan Staten scored 15 points, including two free throws with seven seconds left.

West Virginia (9-1) is off to its best start since going 11-0 in the 2009-10 season, when it reached the Final Four.

Jonathan Holton and Jevon Carter add 14 points apiece for the Mountaineers and Gary Browne scored 10.

Justin Edmonds led Marshall (3-6) with 18 points. Austin Loop scored 13 and Ryan Taylor had 11.

West Virginia struggled from the field for most of the game. Staten’s pull-up jumper from the lane put the Mountaineers ahead to stay at 62-60 with 2:16 left.

Edmonds’ 3-pointer with 16 seconds left brought Marshall within 67-66. After Staten’s free throws, JP Kambola’s 3-point try for Marshall went off the front of the rim at the buzzer.

NO. 24 ST. JOHN’S 74, FORDHAM 53

NEW YORK (AP) - Rysheed Jordan came off the bench and tied a career high by scoring 24 points.

D’Angelo Harrison added 22 for St. John’s, which improved to 8-1 after winning its fourth straight.

The game was St. John’s 47th appearance in the Holiday Festival, and the Red Storm improved to 71-38 all-time in the traditional New York City college basketball doubleheader held at Madison Square Garden.

Eric Paschall’s 14 points led Fordham (3-5). Chris Sengfelder and Mandell Thomas chipped in with 11 points apiece while Antwoin Anderson finished with nine points.

Fordham has lost three in a row to St. John’s.

The Rams committed 20 turnovers and shot 39 percent from the field - 23 percent from 3 - and only made 10 of 17 free throws.

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