VILLANOVA, Pa. (AP) Josh Hart and Darrun Hilliard each scored 20 points to lead No. 7 Villanova to an 85-62 win over Temple on Sunday.
The Wildcats are 10-0 for the second straight year and have won all three games against their Philadelphia rivals. They started 11-0 last season before losing to Syracuse. Up next for the Wildcats, another date with the Orange.
Hart and Hilliard became the first Wildcats to score 20 points this season. Both players made 6 of 7 shots from the field with three 3-pointers.
Quenton DeCosey led the Owls (6-4) with 18 points.
The Wildcats were never seriously threatened and won their ninth straight game in Philadelphia’s city series played by the ”Big 5” of Villanova, Temple, La Salle, Saint Joseph’s and Penn. The Wildcats don’t play Penn until Jan. 17.
TENNESSEE 67, No. 15 BUTLER 55
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Josh Richardson scored 18 of his 20 points after halftime Sunday, and Tennessee rallied from a 12-point second-half deficit.
Butler (8-2) led 37-25 after Kellen Dunham’s 3-pointer in the opening minute of the second half, but Richardson scored the game’s next eight points to spark a 12-0 run that tied the score. Tennessee took the lead for good on Armani Moore’s basket with 6:15 left.
Kevin Punter added 18 points for Tennessee (4-3). Richardson and Punter combined to shoot 16 of 23, and Richardson also had a career-high six steals.
Butler shot 6 of 23 and committed nine turnovers in the second half. Tennessee outscored Butler 19-5 in points off turnovers.
Dunham scored 16 points, but only two of those came in the game’s final 19 minutes. Kelan Martin added 13 for Butler.
No. 22 WEST VIRGINIA 69, MARSHALL 66
CHARLESTON, W.Va. – Juwan Staten scored 15 points, including two free throws with seven seconds left.
West Virginia (9-1) is off to its best start since going 11-0 in the 2009-10 season, when it reached the Final Four.
Jonathan Holton and Jevon Carter add 14 points apiece for the Mountaineers and Gary Browne scored 10.
Justin Edmonds led Marshall (3-6) with 18 points. Austin Loop scored 13 and Ryan Taylor had 11.
West Virginia struggled from the field for most of the game. Staten’s pull-up jumper from the lane put the Mountaineers ahead to stay at 62-60 with 2:16 left.
Edmonds’ 3-pointer with 16 seconds left brought Marshall within 67-66. After Staten’s free throws, JP Kambola’s 3-point try for Marshall went off the front of the rim at the buzzer.
No. 24 ST. JOHN’S 74, FORDHAM 53
NEW YORK (AP) – Rysheed Jordan came off the bench and tied a career high by scoring 24 points.
D’Angelo Harrison added 22 for St. John’s, which improved to 8-1 after winning its fourth straight.
The game was St. John’s 47th appearance in the Holiday Festival, and the Red Storm improved to 71-38 all-time in the traditional New York City college basketball doubleheader held at Madison Square Garden.
Eric Paschall’s 14 points led Fordham (3-5). Chris Sengfelder and Mandell Thomas chipped in with 11 points apiece while Antwoin Anderson finished with nine points.
Fordham has lost three in a row to St. John’s.
The Rams committed 20 turnovers and shot 39 percent from the field – 23 percent from 3 – and only made 10 of 17 free throws.