college basketball| Top 25 roundup
No. 9 Villanova 65, Georgetown 60
James Bell scored 16 points, and Villanova prevailed in a messy, foul-plagued game of stops and starts to hand the Hoyas’ a fifth straight loss. Daniel Ochefu added 12 points on 5-for-5 shooting for the Wildcats (18-2, 7-1 Big East), who forced 18 turnovers while committing 16. Villanova made 22 of 28 free throws and moved into a tie with first-place Creighton atop the Big East. Markel Starks scored 20 points for the short-handed Hoyas (11-9, 3-6), whose roster underwent two more changes before the game. Georgetown has its longest losing streak since 2011 and has dropped three straight at home for the first time since 2009.
No. 23 Oklahoma 88, No. 8 Oklahoma St. 76
Ryan Spangler had 15 points and a career-high 17 rebounds to help Oklahoma. Jordan Woodard scored 18 points and reserve Tyler Neal added a season-high 15 points for the Sooners (17-4, 6-2 Big 12), who won their fourth straight game and claimed their third win over a ranked conference opponent this season. Marcus Smart had 22 points, Phil Forte scored 20 points and made all six of his 3-point tries and Markel Brown added 18 points for the Cowboys (16-4, 4-3). OSU’s Le’Bryan Nash, who scored a career-high 29 points against West Virginia on Saturday, fouled out with eight points in 17 minutes. It was the first time both teams have entered a “Bedlam” rivalry game ranked since 2005. The rematch is Feb. 15.
Notre Dame 87, No. 8 Maryland 83
COLLEGE PARK, MD.
Jewell Loyd scored a career-high 31 points, Kayla McBride had 20 and second-ranked and unbeaten Notre Dame blew a 22-point lead before coming back. The Irish (19-0, 6-0 Atlantic Coast Conference) appeared on their way to another easy victory after building a 41-19 lead late in the first half. But Maryland (16-3, 4-2) stormed back behind senior star Alyssa Thomas to go up 64-63 with 10 minutes left. Notre Dame answered with a 10-2 run and the Terrapins never got even after that. McBride hit a long jumper as the shot clock was about to expire to make it 87-83 with 12.2 seconds to go, the last in a series of clutch shots by the Irish in their closest game of the season.
No. 19 Purdue 80, Illinois 68
Courtney Moses scored 22 points to lead a balanced attack that carried Purdue past Illinois for the sixth straight time. KK Houser added 17 points and six assists for Purdue (15-5, 5-3 Big Ten).