Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

College Basketball: No. 1 Villanova Slips Past Marquette

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

College Basketball: No. 1 Villanova Slips Past Marquette

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Jalen Brunson scored 31 points despite leaving the game briefly with a left ankle injury, Donte DiVincenzo added 23 and top-ranked Villanova avoided another upset in Milwaukee with an 85-82 win Sunday.

Four players scored in double figures for the Wildcats (20-1, 7-1 Big East), who turned away surge after surge from Marquette (13-8, 4-5) to survive in front of a rowdy crowd at the Bradley Center in Milwaukee.

It was a year ago that Marquette upset No. 1 Villanova in a down-to-the-wire thriller. The Wildcats dodged another takedown despite sloppy stretches of play.

Wildcats coach Jay Wright wasn't happy after Marquette shot 56 percent (17 of 30) in the half and went on an 8-0 run to get back into the game after falling behind by 12. "It's an actually an embarrassment," Wright said.

No. 3 Purdue holds off Indiana for record 17th straight win * Isaac Haas and Vincent Edwards keep putting up big numbers for Purdue.

The two seniors combined for 45 points and 12 rebounds to help the Boilermakers pull away late for a 74-67 victory at Indiana, and a chance to celebrate a school-record 17th consecutive win on the home court of their most bitter rival.

Purdue (21-2, 10-0 Big Ten) extended the nation's longest winning streak, set another school record by winning its 12th consecutive conference game, kept pace with Virginia as the only power-five schools still unbeaten in league play and improved to 20-0 on American soil.

The Boilermakers also moved into a five-way tie for the eighth-longest winning streak in Big Ten history.

Langford scores 19 as No. 6 Michigan State beats Maryland * Joshua Langford scored 19 points and led a second-half surge that carried Michigan State past fading Maryland 74-68, giving Spartans coach Tom Izzo his seventh straight 20-win season.

Down 13 at halftime, Michigan State (20-3, 8-2 Big Ten) returned to outscore the Terrapins 20-4 in the first 5 minutes and held on for its fourth straight victory. Izzo, who now has 18 20-win seasons at Michigan State, has missed that plateau only once since 2003-04.

Cassius Winston scored 13 and Jaren Jackson Jr. added 12 for the Spartans, who shot 53 percent after halftime and finished with a 46-29 rebounding advantage.

No. 17 Wichita State pulls away to beat Tulsa * Austin Reaves hit seven 3-pointers in the first half and scored all of his career-high 23 points before halftime to lead Wichita State over Tulsa 90-71. …

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