NCAA

Lewis' 16 points leads VCU past Old Dominion, 76-67

usatsi_8958997_141983962_lowres.jpg

Lewis' 16 points leads VCU past Old Dominion, 76-67

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) -- JeQuan Lewis scored 16 and Melvin Johnson added 13 points to help VCU beat Old Dominion 76-67 Saturday.

Jordan Burgess had 12 points for VCU (4-2).

Old Dominion (3-3) made six of its first seven field goals to take a 16-8 lead five minutes in, but VCU responded with a 10-0 run before the teams with into halftime tied at 35-all.

Johnson hit back-to-back 3-pointer to spark an 11-3 spurt that put the Rams up 11 midway through the second half, but a 3 by Zoran Talley trimmed Old Dominion's deficit to 58-55 with five minutes to go.

Korey Billbury and Lewis hit 3s on consecutive VCU possessions as the Rams scored 10 of the 11 points and pushed their lead back into double digits, 68-56, with 1:13 left.

Aaron Bacote scored 21 and Trey Freeman added 17 for Old Dominion.

The teams combined to make 21 3-pointers.

MORE COLLEGE HOOPS: George Mason defense swamps Wright State in 66-39 win

Virginia stays at No. 1, Middle Tennessee enters Top 25 for first time ever

virginia_bench_usat.jpg
USA TODAY Sports

Virginia stays at No. 1, Middle Tennessee enters Top 25 for first time ever

RALEIGH, N.C. -- Virginia strengthened its hold on No. 1 in the AP Top 25 while Duke jumped back into the top five after a pair of impressive wins.

The Cavaliers earned 42 of 65 first-place votes in the poll released Monday. That's 12 more than last week when they reached No. 1 for the first time since the Ralph Sampson era.

The top four remained unchanged, with No. 2 Michigan State earning 19 first-place votes after rallying from 27 down to beat Northwestern. Third-ranked Villanova got the other four first-place votes after winning at No. 4 Xavier.

Fifth-ranked Duke jumped seven spots after beating Virginia Tech and Clemson despite playing without injured top freshman Marvin Bagley III.

Middle Tennessee checked in at 24th, marking its first AP Top 25 appearance in program history.

Complete AP Top 25 Poll for Week 16:

1. Virginia (42)
2. Michigan State (19)
3. Villanova (4)
4. Xavier
5. Duke
6. Texas Tech
7. Gonzaga
8. Kansas
9. Purdue
10. North Carolina
11. Cincinnati
12. Auburn
13. Wichita State
14. Arizona
15. Clemson
16. Ohio State
17. Michigan
18. Rhode Island
19. Tennessee
20. Nevada
21. West Virginia
22. Saint Mary's (CA)
23. Houston
24. Middle Tennessee
25. Florida State

NBC Sports Washington contributed to this report.

Georgetown snaps 4-game road losing streak, tops Butler

usatsi_10610094.jpg
USA TODAY Sports Images

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.

RELATED: DMV College Basketball Power Rankings: Missed opportunities