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La Salle holds off Fordham to snap skid

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La Salle holds off Fordham to snap skid

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Isaiah Deas scored 15 points, including three 3-pointers, and grabbed eight rebounds and Tony Washington had 11 of his 14 points in the second half to help La Salle hold on for a 75-67 win over Fordham on Wednesday night.

Washington was 6-of-7 shooting and also had eight boards. Saul Phiri scored 13 points and grabbed a career-high 14 rebounds and Pookie Powell finished with 12 points and six assists for La Salle (8-11, 2-4 Atlantic 10). The Explorers snapped a four-game skid overall and won its third straight in the series.

Will Tavares scored 12 points in a 16-1 run that pulled Fordham (6-12, 1-5 Atlantic 10) within five points after he made back-to-back layups with nearly eight minutes to play. La Salle went more than four minutes without a field goal until Powell hit a 3 and B.J. Johnson's dunk pushed the lead to 68-57 with five minutes left. The Rams trailed by at least eight points the rest of the way.

Tavares scored 18 points to lead Fordham. Prokop Slanina added 12 with a career-best five steals and Joseph Chartouny had 11 points and a season-high nine assists.

Deas hit a 3 to cap a 19-3 run that gave La Salle a 36-22 lead late in the first half and Phiri's tip-in putback gave the Explorers a 21-point lead with 15 minutes to go.

No. 1 Villanova hands Georgetown worst loss in decades

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No. 1 Villanova hands Georgetown worst loss in decades

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WASHINGTON -- After watching Villanova make 3-pointer after 3-pointer and build a hard-to-fathom lead -- 20, then 30, eventually all the way up to 44 -- Georgetown coach Patrick Ewing did not want to offer any sort of assessment about what this game indicates about his team's status in relation to the No. 1 Wildcats.

Understandably.

"I'm not even thinking about that," Ewing said. "All I'm thinking about is that they're a good team and tonight was their night. That's it."

Wright and Villanova gave Ewing a rude welcome back to the schools' rivalry, handing the Hoyas their worst loss in more than 40 years, 88-56 on Wednesday night.

"I've had my butt kicked before -- fortunately it was as a player -- and all I can do is get ready for the next one," Ewing said. "You can't dwell on it. Just got to look at the film and make adjustments and get ready for the next game."

Jalen Brunson led the way with 18 points and seven assists for Villanova (17-1, 5-1 Big East), which finished 17 for 33 on 3s, while Georgetown went 4 for 15.

Mikal Bridges scored 17 for the Wildcats, winners of seven consecutive games against the Hoyas, Villanova's longest streak in a series that dates to 1922.

"I'm just happy to be on this side of it. I've been on the other side. I feel for those guys, because we've been there," Villanova coach Jay Wright said.

"Patrick's doing a great job with this program. They're very organized. They know what they want to do," Wright said. "And he's going to build this thing."

The last time Ewing faced Villanova in any capacity was in the last game of his college playing career at Georgetown, a surprising 66-64 victory for the underdog Wildcats in the 1985 NCAA championship game. It was quite clear, quite quickly, on Wednesday that there would be no such tight outcome --nor any chance of an upset by Georgetown (12-6, 2-5).

Villanova went on an 18-0 tear to go ahead 31-8 and that was that for any semblance of drama.

"This is our first game where we were just blown out from the beginning," said Jessie Govan, who led the Hoyas with 12 points.

Aided by a 1-2-2 press that Brunson said he thought "may have got to them a little bit," Villanova led 42-20 at halftime. Until then, Georgetown had more turnovers (nine) than made baskets, shooting 8 for 26, including 0 for 8 on 3s.

Asked about the 18-point run, Ewing replied: "I don't even remember."

This is his first season as a head coach at any level, and he opted to go with an easy-as-can-be non-conference schedule to try to build his players' confidence. Now that league play is underway, especially against a foe like Villanova, the gap between the Hoyas and the best teams is obvious.

Villanova just kept pushing the margin after the break, going up by 30, then 40, and then reaching the apex at 88-44 on a layup by Dhamir Cosby-Roundtree with about 3 minutes remaining. Less than a minute later, Wright finally sent on the subs and pulled any remaining starters.

"It's always fun," Brunson said, "when our team's making shots."

Big picture
Villanova: Since its only loss, 101-93 at Butler on Dec. 30, Villanova has won four games in a row, propelled by an efficient offense that gets a lot of its work done from beyond the arc.

Georgetown: This was the Hoyas' largest margin of defeat since a 33-point loss to Maryland, 104-71, on Dec. 10, 1974.

Injured and ill
Villanova: Collin Gillespie returned from a broken hand and had two points, three rebounds and two assists in 15 minutes. ... Reserves Tim Delaney and Jermaine Samuels sat out with a virus.

Georgetown: Backup PG Trey Dickerson left in the first half with a back spasm and did not return.

Up next
Villanova: Travels to UConn on Saturday in a matchup between former Big East rivals and the Wildcats' first game at Hartford in five years. Villanova is 12-0 in non-conference games heading into the last one on their schedule.

Georgetown: Hosts St. John's on Saturday, the teams' second meeting in less than two weeks. The Hoyas won 69-66 at Madison Square Garden on Jan. 9.

Josh Brown comes through in the clutch again

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Josh Brown comes through in the clutch again

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Quinton Rose scored 19 points with four 3-pointers, Josh Brown hit the winning basket with 28 seconds left, and Temple beat Tulsa 59-58 on Wednesday night.

Temple closed to 58-57 on Obi Enechionyia's 3 with 1:24 to go and Brown's layup off of J.P. Moorman II's offensive rebound put the Owls up 59-58. Shizz Alston Jr. stole the ball on Tulsa's final possession.

Enechionyia scored 15 points with four 3-pointers and three blocks and the Owls (9-9, 2-5 American Conference) made 11 3-pointers and forced 18 Tulsa turnovers. Moorman had four steals, a season high for the team.

DaQuan Jeffries' dunked it and Tulsa pulled away from a 26-all halftime tie to lead 45-38 with 12:04 left.

Junior Etou scored 12 points and grabbed a career-high 15 rebounds for his fourth career double-double for Tulsa (10-9, 3-4), which has lost four straight. Martins Igbanu added 12 points, Sterling Taplin had 11, and Lawson Korita 10.