Top-25 College Basketball Game Capsules

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Updated: March 7, 2013

Final Score: Villanova 67, (5) Georgetown 57

Philadelphia, PA (Sports Network) – The Wells Fargo Center continues to be a house of horrors for Top 5 teams. JayVaughn Pinkston had 20 points with five steals, Darrun Hilliard scored 14 and the Villanova Wildcats improved their NCAA Tournament resume by closing out their regular season with a 67-57 win over the fifth-ranked Georgetown Hoyas. Ryan Arcidiacono finished with 11 points and six assists for Villanova (19-12, 10-8 Big East), which also topped then-No. 5 Louisville and then-third-ranked Syracuse at the Wells Fargo Center in the span of four days back in January. The Wildcats pulled off the upset Wednesday despite making just six second-half field goals, including only one after Pinkston’s 3-pointer put them up eight with 14:19 remaining. Villanova was 20-of-26 from the free-throw line over the final 20 minutes and forced 23 turnovers in the game. Otto Porter, Jr. supplied 17 points for the Hoyas (23-5, 13-4), who had their winning streak snapped at 11 games and squandered an opportunity to clinch at least a share of the Big East regular-season title.

Final Score: Georgia Tech 71, (6) Miami-Florida 69

Coral Gables, FL (Sports Network) – The celebration is on hold thanks to Georgia Tech’s Marcus Georges-Hunt. A distributor for most of the game, Georges-Hunt penetrated to the basket, lofted a floater that hit the back rim, but tipped in his own miss at the buzzer, as the Yellow Jackets stunned No. 6 Miami-Floria, 71-69. Georges-Hunt’s second field goal of the game denied Miami its first outright ACC championship, at least for now. The Hurricanes (23-6, 14-3) get another chance to win the league crown on Saturday against Clemson. Miami will enter that contest losers in three of its last four games. Chris Bolden scored a career-high 21 points, Daniel Miller battled the Hurricanes big men and held his own with 17 points and five rebounds, while Robert Carter added 12 points. Georges-Hunt dished out six assists and grabbed six boards, but it was his second field goal of the game that gave the Yellow Jackets (16-13, 6-11) their first win over a top-25 opponent under head coach Brian Gregory.

Final Score: (7) Michigan 80, Purdue 75

West Lafayette, IN (Sports Network) – Michigan’s erratic play outside Ann Arbor has been well documented, yet staring a 12-point deficit in the face, the Wolverines responded. Trey Burke led the way with 26 points, seven assists, five rebounds and three steals, as the seventh-ranked Wolverines outlasted Purdue, 80-75, at Mackey Arena. Burke did plenty of scoring, but also set up Nik Stauskas for some clutch late baskets. Stauskas finished with 17 points and Tim Hardaway Jr. added 16 with five rebounds for the Wolverines (25-5, 12-5 Big Ten), who have won two straight and snapped a four-game road losing streak. Michigan hadn’t won on the road since a 74-60 victory at Illinois on January 27 and now heads home for a test against Indiana with a share of the Big Ten regular season title on the line. Terone Johnson scored a game-high 32 points with seven rebounds and Rapheal Davis chipped in with 15 points and nine boards for the Boilermakers (14-16, 7-10), who have lost two of three.

Final Score: (11) Florida 66, Vanderbilt 40

Gainesville, FL (Sports Network) – Kenny Boynton scored 15 points and Patric Young had 14 on 6-of-7 shooting to help No. 11 Florida cruise past Vanderbilt, 66-40, on Wednesday to win the SEC regular season title outright. Boynton and fellow classmates — Erik Murphy, who had 10 points and six rebounds, and Mike Rosario, who had five points — helped Florida (24-5, 14-3) finish the season 15-0 at home, fittingly on Senior Night. It’s the program’s third outright conference title under head coach Billy Donovan. Kedren Johnson was the only Vanderbilt player in double-figures with 15 points as the Commodores (13-16, 7-10) saw their three-game winning streak come to an abrupt end.

Final Score: (12) New Mexico 75, Nevada 62

Reno, NV (Sports Network) – Tony Snell poured in 25 points and Cameron Bairstow added 15 points and 10 rebounds to lead 12th-ranked New Mexico to a 75-62 win over Nevada on Wednesday. Alex Kirk scored 11 points and grabbed 10 boards and Kendall Williams added 10 points for the Lobos (26-4, 13-2 MWC), who have won six straight games. Malik Story scored 25 points for Nevada (12-17, 3-12), losers in six straight and nine of its last 10.

Final Score: Iowa State 87, (13) Oklahoma State 76

Ames, IA (Sports Network) – Will Clyburn scored 20 points on 7-of-10 shooting to go along with five assists and five rebounds as Iowa State downed the surging 13th-ranked Oklahoma State Cowboys, 87-76, on Wednesday in Big 12 Conference action. Georges Niang netted 18 points and Melvin Ejim registered a double-double with 13 points and 12 boards for the Cyclones (20-10, 10-7 Big 12), who ended a two-game losing skid to pick up their fourth win in the last six games. Marcus Smart had 24 points and eight rebounds, despite shooting 8-of-22 from the floor, for the Cowboys (22-7, 12-5), who had a three-game winning streak come to an end and entered the contest winners in 10 of their last 11 games. Le’Bryan Nash and Markel Brown each donated 14 points in defeat.

Final Score: Xavier 77, (16) Saint Louis 66 (OT)

Cincinnati, OH (Sports Network) – Semaj Christon scored 20 points and Travis Taylor came up big with 19 points and a career-high 19 rebounds, as Xavier upended No. 16 Saint Louis, 77-66, in overtime Wednesday night in a tense Atlantic 10 battle. The Billikens entered the night on an 11-game winning streak with hopes of gaining at least a share of the A-10 regular season title, something they haven’t done in conference play since 1970-71, when Saint Louis tied for first in the Missouri Valley Conference. Instead, the Billikens (23-6, 12-3 A-10) find themselves tied with Virginia Commonwealth atop the conference standings. Saint Louis hosts La Salle on Saturday to close the regular season. Brad Redford scored 11 for the Musketeers (17-12, 9-6), who bounced back after a Saturday loss to Massachusetts. Kwamain Mitchell had 17 points, Dwayne Evans 16 and Mike McCall Jr. 14 in defeat.

Final Score: (17) Syracuse 78, DePaul 57

Syracuse, NY (Sports Network) – Playing their final Big East game at the Carrier Dome, the 17th-ranked Syracuse Orange got back to their winning ways by topping the DePaul Blue Demons, 78-57. James Southerland had 22 points and a career-high 10 rebounds for the Orange (23-7, 11-6 Big East), who snapped a three-game losing streak — all to ranked opponents. C.J. Fair finished with 16 points, seven boards and three blocks, and Brandon Triche supplied 15 points, five rebounds and four assists in Syracuse’s seventh straight win over the Blue Demons. Cleveland Melvin paced DePaul (11-19, 2-15) with 15 points. Brandon Young finished with 12 points and six assists for the Blue Demons, who have dropped 14 of their last 15 games.

Final Score: (21) VCU 93, Richmond 82

Richmond, VA (Sports Network) – Treveon Graham scored 21 points on 8-of-11 shooting, as the 21st-ranked VCU Rams pulled away late to beat the visiting Richmond Spiders, 93-82. Juvonte Reddic had 16 points and nine rebounds for the Rams (24-6, 12-3 A-10), who moved into a first-place tie atop the Atlantic 10 standings. VCU entered play one game behind Saint Louis, which lost to Xavier in overtime later on Wednesday. Cedrick Lindsay totaled 22 points for Richmond (17-13, 7-8), which beat VCU in overtime back in January.

Final Score: Washington State 73, (23) UCLA 61

Pullman, WA (Sports Network) – Losers of nine straight, with their last win coming back in late January, Washington State truly had nothing to lose. And with that mentality came a win. Brock Motum scored 20 points and grabbed 11 rebounds, as the Cougars jumped out to a jaw-dropping lead and held off every UCLA rally to down the 23rd- ranked Bruins, 73-61. Washington State (12-18, 3-13 Pac-12) was just 2-14 in its last 16 games prior to Wednesday. UCLA (22-8, 12-5), fresh off a season sweep of Arizona, came in on a four-game winning streak.