SUNDAY’S SNACKS: No. 16 Providence outlasts No. 4 Villanova, No. 8 SMU falls
No. 16 Providence 82, No. 4 Villanova 76 (OT): Ryan Arcidiacono’s three-pointer in the final seconds of regulation simply made Providence work five more minutes of its victory, which ended the Wildcats’ 22-game Big East win streak. Ben Bentil was outstanding for the Friars, scoring 31 points and grabbing 13 rebounds, and PC (5-2) is now one of four teams a game back of Villanova (7-1) in the loss column in the Big East standings.
Temple 89, No. 8 SMU 80: Yes the Owls already have seven losses on the season. But they’ve also got some quality wins to their credit, and Sunday’s win over the previously undefeated Mustangs should help them moving forward. Devin Coleman made all eight of his field goal attempts, seven of which came from three, to score 23 points for Temple.
No. 9 Iowa 83, No. 22 Purdue 71: Having already swept No. 11 Michigan State, the Hawkeyes completed a season sweep of the Boilermakers with a win in Iowa City. Jarrod Uthoff led four Iowa players in double figures with 22 points, and once again Purdue struggled to take care of the basketball on the other end. Iowa’s 7-0 start to Big Ten play is their best since the 1969-70 season.
Ben Bentil, Providence: 31 points and 13 rebounds in an overtime win at No. 4 Villanova.
Gary Payton II, Oregon State: 22 points, 15 rebounds, eight assists and four steals in the Beavers’ 85-70 win over No. 21 USC.
Juan’ya Green, Hofstra: 30 points on 10-for-17 shooting from the field, eight rebounds, seven assists and four steals in a win over William & Mary.
Marcus Gilbert, Fairfield: 32 points, ten rebounds and four assists in the Stags’ 98-91 win over Iona.
Kristinn Palsson, Marist: Rough day at the office for Palsson, who missed all ten of his shots from the field and went scoreless in a loss at Monmouth.
Markus Kennedy, SMU: The Philadelphia native struggled in his hometown, scoring six points on 3-for-12 shooting in a loss at Temple.
THE REST OF THE TOP 25
- No. 2 North Carolina outlasted Virginia Tech 75-70 in Blacksburg, with Brice Johnson scoring 19 points and grabbing 17 rebounds. But once again the Heels struggled from the perimeter, shooting 3-for-23 from three, and Marcus Paige remains mired in his shooting slump.
- No. 13 Virginia picked up a win at home, as they outlasted Syracuse 73-65. Malcolm Brodgon led the way with 21 points, with Anthony Gill and London Perrantes adding 16 apiece.
- Oregon State took care of No. 21 USC in Corvallis, winning 85-70. Gary Payton II was his versatile self in the win, accounting for 22 points, 15 rebounds, eight assists and four steals.
OTHER NOTABLE RESULTS
- In a matchup of CAA contenders, Hofstra steamrolled William & Mary 91-63 in Hempstead. Juan’ya Green went off for 30 points, eight rebounds, seven assists and four steals in the win.
- Cincinnati took care of Tulane, 97-75, with the Green Wave turning the ball over 19 times. Gary Clark and Shaq Thomas scored 17 points apiece and Farad Cobb 16 for the Bearcats.
- Valparaiso rebounded from its loss at Wright State Friday night with a 71-46 win at Northern Kentucky. Keith Carter scored 16 points and grabbed six rebounds for the Crusaders.
- Memphis suffered a loss it can ill-afford to have on its résumé, as they fell 84-83 at home to East Carolina. B.J. Tyson scored 26 points and Prince Williams added 20 points and ten boards for the Pirates.
- With Monmouth beating Marist 83-72 at home and Iona falling 98-91 at Fairfield, the Hawks and Gaels are tied atop the MAAC with matching 7-2 records. 6-2 Saint Peter’s can make it a three-way tie with a win over Manhattan Monday night.
- Shortly after SMU lost, UCF missed out on a chance to move into a tie for first in the American as they lost 75-60 at Tulsa. Four teams are now a game behind the Mustangs in the loss column: Temple, Tulsa (both 5-2), UCF and UConn (4-2).
- VCU moved to 7-0 in the Atlantic 10 with an 84-76 win over St. Bonaventure. JeQuan Lewis, who’s been playing well of late, scored 26 points and Melvin Johnson added 21 for the Rams.
- North Florida is now in sole possession of first in the A-Sun thanks to Lipscomb, which beat FGCU 91-75. JC Hampton led five Bison in double figures with 26 points.