Top 25 Capsules
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) Justin Anderson scored 16 points and Malcolm Brogdon added 14 as No. 3 Virginia weathered a sloppy effort and beat North Carolina State 61-51 on Wednesday night, the Cavaliers’ 19th straight home victory.
Mike Tobey added 11 points for Virginia (14-0, 2-0 Atlantic Coast Conference), which used a 10-0 run late in the second half to finally gain some separation against the dangerous Wolfpack.
Ralston Turner led N.C. State (11-5, 2-1) with 14 points and Kyle Washington had 13. But Turner didn’t score in the second half after making all four of his 3-point shots before the break.
The Wolfpack led 42-41 after Trevor Lacey’s desperation 3-pointer with 8:58 remaining, then didn’t score for nearly six minutes as the Cavaliers reeled off the next 10 points.
No. 4 WISCONSIN 62, PURDUE 55
MADISON, Wis. (AP) – Frank Kaminsky scored 21 points and Josh Gasser added 15 as Wisconsin held off stubborn Purdue.
The Badgers (15-1, 3-0 Big Ten) pulled away from a 45-all tie with a 9-2 run to open a 54-47 lead on Gasser’s free throw with 3:19 left.
Wisconsin, which has won eight straight since an 80-70 loss at home to Duke in early December, maintained a two-possession lead the rest of the way.
The Badgers offset a 43.6 percent shooting night by making 25 of 31 free throws, including 15 in the final 9:11.
Jon Octeus had 15 points and a team-high eight rebounds for Purdue (10-6, 2-1). The Boilermakers were trying to become the first Big Ten opponent to win four games at the Kohl Center.
XAVIER 69, No. 19 SETON HALL 58
CINCINNATI (AP) – Dee Davis scored 14 points and Trevon Bluiett led a late run as Xavier pulled away from Seton Hall for the Musketeers’ second straight home win over a ranked team.
Xavier (11-4, 2-1 Big East) broke open a close game with a 20-6 spurt that gave the Musketeers the first double-digit lead of the game with 3 minutes to go. Bluiett had six points during the run, and Myles Davis had a 3-pointer and a pair of free throws.
The Pirates (12-3, 2-1) couldn’t extend their run of big wins. They knocked off St. John’s and Villanova last week to gain their first ranking in three years and their highest in 14 years.
The Musketeers also beat No. 25 Georgetown 70-53 on New Year’s Eve.
Angel Delgado led the Pirates with 12 points. Sterling Gibbs was held to eight on 3-of-11 shooting.
No. 20 VCU 71, DAVIDSON 65
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) – Treveon Graham had 15 points and 10 rebounds for Virginia Commonwealth, which held Davidson’s long-range shooters in check.
VCU (12-3, 2-0 Atlantic 10) built a 13-point lead midway through the second half and held on for its seventh straight win.
Melvin Johnson and freshman Terry Larrier each had 11 points for the Rams.
Davidson’s Jack Gibbs and Tyler Kalinoski came in averaging 46 percent between them from 3-point range. They were just 3 of 13 against the Rams’ tight man-to-man defense. Neither had a 3-pointer until less than six minutes remained.
VCU guard Briante Weber had four steals to give him 353 for his career, tying him with Nebraska’s Cookie Belcher for fourth place on the all-time NCAA list. Weber added six assists.
Brian Sullivan led the Wildcats (1-1, 10-3) with 19 points, going 5 of 9 from 3-point range, and dished out six assists.