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Gill, No. 8 Virginia outlast No. 12 Villanova 86-75

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Gill, No. 8 Virginia outlast No. 12 Villanova 86-75

By HANK KURZ Jr.

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) -- London Perrantes heard all the pregame talk about No. 8 Virginia's matchup with No. 12 Villanova being a showdown of guards.

And he did what he does with most of the hype he encounters as the Cavaliers go about their business: He ignored it.

"We just wanted to win the game. We didn't want to make a statement," Perrantes said after scoring 15 of his 19 points in the second half as Virginia (9-1) used a 14-0 run to take command and then pulled away from the Wildcats for an 86-75 victory on Saturday.

"We have guards that can shoot the ball just as well as anybody in the country, I feel like, and we just want to go out there and prove ourselves, and I thought we did that tonight," the junior point guard said.

He made 5 of 10 shots, including 3 of 4 from 3-point range.

Anthony Gill led the Cavaliers with 22 points and Malcolm Brogdon got 14 of his 20 in the second half. Brogdon also had six assists, several setting up easy inside baskets for Gill, as Virginia shot 56.5 percent (26-46), hit 8 of 12 3-point tries and 26 of 30 free throws.

"When they make it that easy, all I have to do is just finish," Gill said after missing just once in nine shots.

Kris Jenkins scored 23 points, getting 19 in the second half, and Daniel Ochefu had 13 before fouling out late in the physical marquee matchup for Villanova (8-2). The Wildcats made 10 3-pointers and shot 49 percent, but were outrebounded 31-19.

Brogdon and Gill are typically Virginia's top scorers, but Perrantes joining the mix made things difficult, Wildcats coach Jay Wright said.

"It was choosing your poison," he said. "Gill is just a beast. He's as efficient as anyone I've seen in a while in the post area."

Perrantes, meanwhile, often winds up with the ball in his hands and the shot clock running down.

"Usually he hits one or two daggers a game," Wright said. "He hit a bunch today."

The Cavaliers trailed 43-41 and had only made one 3-pointer when Brogdon made one with 12:03 to play.

While Villanova missed its next seven shots and went scoreless for nearly five minutes, Perrantes added another 3-pointer for Virginia, and then a conventional three-point play, giving Virginia nine points in a span of 1:19. Two free throws by Brogdon and then another 3-pointer by Devon Hall finished a 14-0 burst, giving the Cavaliers their largest lead to that point at 55-43 with 9:11 left.

It also brought the crowd at John Paul Jones Arena to its feet, celebrating the play at both ends.

Jenkins scored 13 points over the next 4 1/2 minutes as the Wildcats closed within four, but Perrantes' third 3-pointer of the half, an inside basket by Gill and Brogdon's 3-pointer pushed the lead back to 76-66 with 1:55 to play, and the Cavaliers made their free throws.

Virginia led 33-29 after a first half marked by good defense, good shooting and sloppy ball-handling.

SHARING THE BALL:

Five different Wildcats scored in a 10-2 first-half run that gave them an 18-14 lead.

A short time later, five different Cavaliers scored in an 11-0 run that opened a 27-20 lead.

TIP INS:

Villanova: The Wildcats entered the game averaging 31.1 3-point attempts, and 9.4 made 3-pointers, or just 30.4 percent. More than half of their field goal attempts in their first nine games came from beyond the 3-point line. They finished 10 for 26 from 3 against Virginia, and 16 for 27 inside the arc. ... Averaging 9.7 turnovers, the Wildcats had eight by halftime and finished with 10.

Virginia: Virginia, which beat No. 20 West Virginia 70-54 in its previous outing on Dec. 8, was playing consecutive ranked teams in nonconference play for the first time since Nov. 26-27 and Dec. 4, 2002, when it faced No. 15 Kentucky, No. 19 Indiana and No. 21 Michigan State. ... Virginia had eight first-half turnovers. It came into the game averaging 8.7 per game. They surpassed their average by throwing it away on their first possession of the second half and finished with 12 giveaways leading to 21 Wildcats points.

UP NEXT:

Villanova will host Delaware in its annual alumni night on Tuesday.

Virginia continues a four-game homestand with a game against California on Tuesday night.

Georgetown snaps 4-game road losing streak, tops Butler

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Georgetown snaps 4-game road losing streak, tops Butler

INDIANAPOLIS -- Marcus Derrickson tied a career-high with 27 points, on 11-of-13 shooting, for his eighth 20-plus point game this season and Georgetown beat Butler 87-83 on Tuesday night.

After Georgetown missed two free throws, Kamar Baldwin made a scoop shot in the lane and Sean McDermott stole the inbounds pass, leading to another Baldwin basket to pull Butler to 84-81 with 1:29 to go.

Butler had a chance to tie it in the closing seconds, but Baldwin's long 3-pointer was short and Jahvon Blair sealed it at the line at 4.5.

Jessie Govan had his 12th double-double of the season with 17 points and 12 rebounds for Georgetown (15-10, 5-9 Big East). Trey Dickerson, a senior averaging 3.5 points per game, set a career-high in the first half with 12 points and finished with 18.

Kelan Martin had 22 points and eight rebounds to reach 20 points for the 17th time this season for Butler (17-10, 7-7). Tyler Wideman added 19 points and Baldwin had 16 points, six rebounds and seven assists.

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Virginia jumps to top of new AP poll for first time since 1982

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Virginia jumps to top of new AP poll for first time since 1982

A loss didn't prevent Virginia from climbing to No. 1 in AP men's basketball poll for the first time in more than 35 years after all.

The Cavaliers rose a slot to sit atop Monday's AP Top 25 despite an overtime home loss Saturday to Virginia Tech, part of an upset-filled week that allowed for plenty of uncertainty in the poll. The Cavaliers (23-2, 12-1 Atlantic Coast Conference) earned 30 of 65 first-place votes to outdistance No. 2 Michigan State and rise above the turmoil that included last week's top three teams all losing.

Tony Bennett's Cavaliers had been at No. 2 before this season, but this is the first time the program has reached No. 1 since December 1982 — the senior season of 7-foot-4 great Ralph Sampson — back when the poll ranked only 20 teams. And that team fell out of that spot after its improbable upset loss to Chaminade in Hawaii, regarded by many as the biggest upset in the history of college sports.

Virginia looked set to reach the No. 1 spot after Villanova's home loss to St. John's before losing to the Hokies. Still, the Cavaliers ended up there a day after the NCAA selection committee had them as the No. 1 overall seed in its reveal of the top 16 seeds to date.

The Cavaliers — whose 12 previous weeks at No. 1 all came during the Sampson era — play with the top ranking for the first time since the Chaminade loss on Tuesday at Miami.

"I do not get too carried away with where we are," Bennett said after the loss to the Hokies. "I always say 'thus far,' and now we have to prove it again. ... Now we are going to get a chance to do it again and we are going to have to fight like crazy every game. Everybody is capable of beating everybody in this league and that is reality. If you are little off it is not enough."

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TOP-5 CHANGES

Michigan State (24-3, 12-2 Big Ten) climbed two spots after a weekend win against Purdue in a top-5 matchup. The Spartans, who reached No. 1 for a week in January, earned 21 first-place votes.

Next came Villanova (23-2, 10-2 Big East), who fell to third after a five-week stay at No. 1 and earned nine first-place votes. Xavier (23-3, 11-2 Big East) inched up a spot to fourth and earned five first-place votes, followed by Cincinnati (23-2, 12-0 American Athletic Conference) at No. 5.

This is Xavier's highest ranking in its history, while Cincinnati is in the top 5 for the first time since spending a good chunk of the 2001-02 season there.

PURDUE'S SLIDE

Purdue (23-4, 12-2 Big East) fell from third to sixth after losing to Ohio State and Michigan State last week. Those losses snapped the nation's longest winning streak at 19 games, marking Purdue's first losses since falling to Tennessee and Western Kentucky on consecutive November days in the Battle 4 Atlantis tournament in the Bahamas.

Texas Tech was next at No. 7, followed by Ohio State, Gonzaga and Auburn to round out the top 10.

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TOP RISERS

Rivalry wins against Duke and North Carolina State helped North Carolina climb seven spots to No. 14 for the week's biggest jump. It continued the Tar Heels' wild swings in poll positioning, including a nine-slot drop last month and two other slides of eight slots.

Ohio State rose six spots to No. 8 after the Purdue win, while No. 11 Clemson was up five spots.

LONGEST SLIDES

Oklahoma and freshman star Trae Young had the biggest fall of the week, down six spots to No. 23. The Sooners have lost three straight and six of eight after Saturday's loss at Iowa State .

St. Mary's (15th) and Arizona (17th) both fell four spots.

NEWCOMERS

The newcomers aren't entirely new this week. Both No. 21 Texas A&M and No. 25 Arizona State have been ranked multiple weeks this season and appeared in the top 10, with the Sun Devils reaching No. 3 on Christmas Day.

SLIDING OUT

Kentucky fell out of the rankings for the second time this season -- It hadn't happened since March 2014 before this year -- from No. 24 after three straight losses. Miami fell out from No. 25 after losing at Boston College.

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