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Jordan Price, B.J. Johnson help La Salle hold off Lehigh

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Jordan Price, B.J. Johnson help La Salle hold off Lehigh

Jordan Price scored 24 points and B.J. Johnson added 22 points and nine rebounds and La Salle held off Lehigh late for an 89-81 win on Wednesday night.

Cleon Roberts hit a 3 to put the Explorers up 85-75 with 1:03 to play, but after a timeout Lehigh scored six straight and Kahron Ross' layup brought the Hawks to within four but couldn't get closer.

La Salle began the second half on a 9-3 run and built a 51-40 lead on Roberts' 3. The lead grew to 15 on two occasions, 65-50 on Amar Stukes' jumper and 72-57 on Johnson's dunk with 9:06 left in the game.

Roberts had 15 points, six boards and four assist for the Explorers. Price, Johnson, and Roberts made 22 of LaSalle's 31 field goals. The Explorers shot 52.5 percent (31 for 59) from the floor.

Brandon Alston led Lehigh (2-4) with 18 points, Austin Price had 15, Ross, 14, Tim Kempton, 12, and Kyle Leufroy added 11.

Shizz Alston Jr. scores 31 points to lead Temple over UMass

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Shizz Alston Jr. scores 31 points to lead Temple over UMass

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Shizz Alston Jr. scored a career-high 31 points and made 3 of 4 foul shots in the last nine seconds and Temple rallied then held off UMass 65-63 on Wednesday night.

Less than a minute into the second half, Samba Diallo's 3-pointer gave the Minutemen a 40-27 lead. That triggered a 16-2 Temple run and De'Vondre Perry's layup put the Owls (8-2) ahead 43-42. Quinton Rose scored half the points during the run. Jonathan Laurent's layup with 11:54 to play gave UMass (6-5) its last lead at 46-45. Alston put Temple ahead with two foul shots 54 seconds later.

Alston threw down a dunk for a 62-57 lead with 1:18 to play, before Sy Chatman narrowed the deficit to a point with a pair of layups, the last with nine seconds left before Alston closed it out at the foul line. He finished 11 of 12 from the line and Rose scored 14. Temple was 2 of 18 from 3-point range but missed just 4 of 21 from the line.

Keon Clergeot, Laurent and Luwane Pipkins each scored 12 for UMass.

Villanova beats No. 14 Florida State to win AdvoCare Invitational championship

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Villanova beats No. 14 Florida State to win AdvoCare Invitational championship

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LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. — Villanova is making a case to get back into the Top-25.

Collin Gillespie had a game-high 17 points, including two key late free throws, and the Wildcats won the AdvoCare Invitational by beating No. 14 Florida State 66-60.

"He loves the competition," Villanova coach Jay Wright said. "I'm just glad he's on our side."

Gillespie made it 64-60 by connecting on a pair of free throws with 11.2 seconds to play in what was a tight second half.

Eric Paschall had 15 points and Phil Booth chipped in 12 for the defending national champions (5-2). Dhamir Cosby-Roundtree had 11 points and eight rebounds.

Villanova went from No. 8 to out of the Top 25 - the first time since December 2013 - in last Monday's poll after losing to Michigan 73-46 in a rematch of last season's championship game and losing 76-68 in overtime to Furman.

Florida State (5-1) got 11 points from both Mfiondu Kabengele and Trent Forrest.

"They did a much better job of playing to their strengths than we did ours," Florida State coach Leonard Hamilton said. "I thought our guys gave good effort. I think that we're a team that has a chance to develop into a pretty good basketball team."

The Seminoles' next game is Wednesday night against No. 24 Purdue.

"You only find out some of those areas that you need to work on when you play against great teams, high-caliber teams like we faced today," Hamilton said.

Villanova's Mikal Bridges, Jalen Brunson, Donte DiVincenzo and Omari Spellman were all taken in the NBA draft after last year's championship run.

"We've grown so much," Wright said. "This whole season we've got to have a growth mindset."

Gillespie had nine point to help Villanova take a 26-25 halftime lead. The Wildcats (eight) and Florida State (nine) combined for 17 turnovers.