College basketball: No. 25 West Virginia upends No. 6 Virginia

West Virginia v Virginia
West Virginia forward Esa Ahmad brings the ball up court against the pressure of Virginia guard Marial Shayok during the first half Saturday.
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Esa Ahmad made a tiebreaking three-pointer with 1:28 remaining Saturday and No. 25 West Virginia, which scored 11 of the game’s final 13 points, ended No. 6 Virginia’s home winning streak at 24 with a 66-57 victory at Charlottesville, Va. 

Jevon Carter led West Virginia (6-1) with 11 points and Nathan Adrian had 10. 

Darius Thompson scored 14 points to lead Virginia (7-1), but the Cavaliers never got into any kind of rhythm offensively. West Virginia had a lot of do with that, forcing 14 turnovers and converting them into 18 points. Virginia scored just five points off eight Mountaineers miscues. 

Ahmad’s three-pointer was just the fourth of the game for West Virginia in 15 tries, but Tarik Phillip followed a miss by Virginia with an inside basket, making it 60-55, and Virginia ran out of time as the Mountaineers finished it off at the free-throw line. They made 16 of 19 free throws in the game. 


at No. 2 Villanova 88, Saint Joseph’s 57: Josh Hart had 16 points, 11 rebounds and 10 assists for his first career triple-double to lead Villanova. 

Hart, the preseason Big East player of the year, continued to show why he is among the best players in the nation. Hart made three three-pointers and six of 10 shots from the field. 

Top-ranked Kentucky’s loss to UCLA on Saturday means the defending national champion Wildcats should slide into the top spot in the next AP top-25 poll. 

Villanova (8-0) won its 16th consecutive Big 5 game against Philly-based teams La Salle, Penn, Drexel, Temple and the Hawks. Kris Jenkins scored 20 points for the Wildcats. Lamarr Kimble led the Hawks (3-4) with 15 points.


at No. 4 Kansas 89, Stanford 74: Frank Mason III scored 20 points, Devonte Graham delivered an early three-point barrage and finished with 15, and the Jayhawks pulled away late. 

Josh Jackson and Svi Mykhailiuk added 15 points apiece for Kansas (7-1), which overcame a monster game from the Cardinal’s Reid Travis to win their 44th straight at Allen Fieldhouse. 

Travis had a career-best 29 points and nine rebounds for Stanford (6-3), doing most of his damage at the free throw line. The career 54 percent free throw shooter was 19 of 22, breaking the school record for makes set by Todd Lichti against UC Santa Barbara during the 1987-88 season.

at No. 5 Duke 94, Maine 55: Luke Kennard scored a career-best 35 points and Jayson Tatum finished with 10 in his long-awaited debut for the Blue Devils (8-1). Tatum, one of Duke’s three injured five-star freshmen, had been out since suffering a sprained foot in October. 

at No. 9 Baylor 76, No. 7 Xavier 61: Manu Lecomte scored 24 points and the Bears took over in the second half to defeat the Musketeers. Johnathan Motley added 17 points and eight rebounds for the Bears (8-0), who have beaten three Top 10 teams in the same season for first time. Xavier (7-1) was up 51-50 when Edmond Sumner, who had 19 points, made a three-pointer with 11:15 to play. The Musketeers then went almost nine minutes before making another field goal. 

at No. 15 Purdue 90, Morehead State 56: Freshman guard Carsen Edwards scored 16 points, and Purdue made 11 3-pointers in the first half. The Boilermakers (6-2), coming off a Wednesday loss at No. 14 Louisville in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge, used a 15-0 first-half run to stretch a 10-9 lead to 25-9, and Purdue continued to pull away. Miguel Dicent had 11 points for Morehead State (2-5).

at No. 17 Wisconsin 90, Oklahoma 70: Nigel Hayes scored 28 points for the Badgers (7-2), who made eight of 14 three-point shots in the second half after trailing the Sooners (5-2) for the entire first half. 

at No. 18 Butler 82, Central Arkansas 58: Kelan Martin finished with 30 points and six rebounds, and Tyler Wideman added 10 points and 10 rebounds for Butler. The Bulldogs (8-0) scored 24 points off 16 Central Arkansas turnovers. The Bulldogs scored nearly half their points down low, finishing with 32 in the paint. Butler capitalized on 10 offensive rebounds by finishing the game with 16 second-chance points. Jordan Howard led Central Arkansas (1-7) with 20 points and Derreck Brooks finished with 15.


Providence 63, at No. 21 Rhode Island 60: Jalen Lindsey scored nine of his 13 points in the second half to help the Friars hand the Rams their third loss in four games. Kyron Cartwright had 19 points and eight assists and Rodney Bullock scored 17 points for the Friars (6-2), who beat their cross-state rival for the seventh straight time. Hassan Martin had 14 points and 17 rebounds for Rhode Island (5-3). 

at No. 22 Syracuse 77, North Florida 71: Andrew White scored a season-high 26 points and Frank Howard had 10 points, a career-high 13 assists and just two turnovers to lead the Oranges (5-2). Freshman Tyus Battle, inserted into the starting lineup for the first time this season, had a career-high 19 points, 16 in the second half. Dallas Moore led the Ospreys (3-7) with 30 points, 22 in the second half. 

at No. 23 Oregon 128, Savannah State 59: Tyler Dorsey scored 29 points and the Ducks (7-2) shot 60% (54 for 90) in setting a school scoring record. Their previous high was 121 points against Portland in 1970.



at Cal State Northridge 79, Idaho State 76: Tavrion Dawson made a three-pointer with one second left to win it for the Matadors (3-5), who ended a three-game losing streak.

Belmont 85, at Pepperdine 77: The Waves (4-4) lost their third straight despite 21 points each from Lamond Murray Jr. and Jeremy Majors. Evan Bradds scored 24 for the Bruins.

New Mexico State 93, at Long Beach State 85: Justin Bibbins scored 18 points, but the 49ers’ losing streak reached nine games since an opening win over Cal State Los Angeles.


at Cal State Fullerton 78, Pacific 77: Lionheart Leslie scored 21 points, including the decisive free throws with three seconds left. Tre’ Coggins also had 21 points for the Titans (3-5).


USC 111, at Sacramento State 95: Aliyah Mazyck scored 24 points, Kristen Simon had 23 and Courtney Jaco added 21 as the Trojans (7-1) won their fifth in a row.

Sunday’s schedule

Hawaii at UCLA, 2 p.m.