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College basketball roundup: Penn ends drought against No. 17 Villanova

AJ Brodeur scored 16 points as Pennsylvania surprised No. 17 Villanova 78-75 on Tuesday night, the Quakers’ first win over the Wildcats since 2002.

Penn fans stormed the Palestra court after Villanova’s Phil Booth missed the tying three-point attempt and set off a regular-season celebration not seen in Philadelphia in years. And with good reason — the national champion Wildcats (8-3) had won a city-record 25 consecutive games against Big 5 rivals Temple, St. Joseph’s, La Salle and the Quakers.

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Penn’s student section started rocking the bleachers with minutes left, and the Quakers avoided a late scare.

Penn coach Steve Donahue, who led Cornell to the Sweet 16 in 2010, might have another blooming Ivy League power. Penn (9-2) last defeated Villanova at the Palestra on Dec. 5, 2001 and hadn’t beaten them at all since Dec. 10, 2002. The Wildcats hadn’t lost a city series game since Temple beat Villanova 76-61 on Dec. 5, 2012.

Penn has been hot even after losing last season’s top scorer Ryan Betley to a season-ending knee injury in the opener. The Quakers held 35-22 edge on the boards.

at No. 23 Furman 77, Charleston Southern 69: Noah Gurley scored 17 points, Alex Hunter and Andrew Brown had 16 apiece and the Paladins (11-0) pulled away late in their first home game as a top-25 team.

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