Donte DiVicenzo beat the buzzer on a tip-in to lead No. 1 Villanova to a 61-59 victory over No. 12 Virginia on Sunday in front of 20,907 at Philadelphia’s Wells Fargo Center, the largest crowd at a college basketball game in Pennsylvania.
The Wildcats (20-2) played their worst half of the season before they found their three-point groove that fueled a second-half rally. They had the ball with 11.5 seconds left and the score tied. Josh Hart drove the lane and missed a layup. DiVincenzo zipped down the baseline and tipped the ball in with his right hand just before the horn sounded.
“I was like, ‘Wait a minute, I thought I missed it,’ ” Hart said.
Hart realized then who made the winner.
“I saw everyone running to ’Te, I just started running to ’Te, too,” Hart said.
Jalen Brunson and Mikal Bridges each scored 15 points for the Wildcats. Ty Jerome led Virginia (16-4) with 15 points.
The Wildcats played nothing like the defending national champions for most of the first 30 minutes. They missed 18 of 22 shots, including nine of 10 three-point shots.
Hart made his first basket of the game with 7 minute 52 seconds to play, a three-pointer that cut the Villanova deficit to 49-42. DiVincenzo came up with a steal and fed Kris Jenkins, who made a three-pointer that pulled the Wildcats to within four points.
The Cavaliers shot 46% from the field but could not stay out of foul trouble. The Wildcats made 13 of 14 free throws (Virginia was three for three) that kept the halftime deficit to 31-22.
at No. 19 Cincinnati 94, South Florida 53: Freshman Jarron Cumberland scored 18 of his career-high 26 points in the second half and the Bearcats (19-2, 8-0 American Athletic Conference) rolled to their 12th victory in a row, their longest winning streak since winning 15 games in a row during 2013-14. The Bulls (6-14, 0-9) have lost nine consecutive games.
at Nebraska 83, No. 20 Purdue 80: Michael Jacobson’s putback with 42 seconds left gave the Cornhuskers (10-11, 4-5 Big Ten Conference) a lead and they made four of six free throws the rest of the way to hold off the Boilermakers (17-5, 6-3). Jack McVeigh had 21 points for Nebraska, which ended a skid at five games. Dakota Mathias made five of seven three-pointers and scored 19 points to lead Purdue, which got back in the game when the Cornhuskers missed 11 of their first 15 shots in the second half.
at No. 13 UCLA 69, Arizona 49: Kari Korver made a career-high six three-pointers in scoring a career-best 24 points to lead the Bruins (17-4, 8-2 Pac-12) over the Wildcats (11-10, 2-8). Korver made six of 11 three-point attempts, finished seven for 14 from the field overall, and made all four of her free throws.
at USC 65, No. 16 Arizona State 50: Sadie Edwards scored 17 points, Kristen Simon added 16 and 11 rebounds and the Trojans (12-9, 3-7 Pac-12) surged in the second half. Trailing, 35-29, in the third quarter, USC got a three-pointer from Courtney Jaco to spark a 15-2 run. The Sun Devils fell to 14-7, 5-5.