WASHINGTON — Top-ranked Villanova led by as many as 44 points and gave Georgetown coach Patrick 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.
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.
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 there would be no such tight outcome —nor any chance of an upset by Georgetown (12-6, 2-5).
SMU 83, No. 7 Witchia State 78
WICHITA, Kan. — Shake Milton hit five 3-pointers en route to a career-best 33 points and SMU beat No. 7 Wichita State on Wednesday night.
Wichita State (15-3, 5-1 American Athletic Conference) had won 27 straight and 67 of 68 at Koch Arena.
The Mustangs (13-6, 3-3) snapped a three-game skid with their first victory since Dec. 31.
It was their first road win against a top-10 team since Jan. 16, 1982 at No. 10 Houston.
Southern Virginia 79, Frostburg St. 59
FROSTBURG, Md. — The Knights rode a 13-point hafltime advantage to a conference road win over the Bobcats (8-8, 4-5).
Katie Garrish led Southern Virginia (9-6, 3-6 CAC) with 19 points and 15 rebounds, and Alexus Barnes added 10 points.
The Knights held the Bobcats to 24.6 percent shooting from the floor.
Victoria Diggs scored 19 points for Frostburg State.
No. 3 Purdue 78, Wisconsin 50
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. — Carsen Edwards scored 21 points and Vincent Edwards added 20, leading No. 3 Purdue to a blowout over Wisconsin on Tuesday night.
The Boilermakers (18-2, 7-0 Big Ten) have won 14 straight overall, 19 in a row at home and have matched the best 20-game record in school history.
Ethan Happ had 15 points, seven assists and six rebounds to lead the Badgers (9-10, 2-4).
Wisconsin has lost three straight — all on the road.
Kansas State 87, No. 4 Oklahoma 69
MANHATTAN, Kan. — Barry Brown missed a potential game-winner at Kansas last weekend, an off-balance shot he was never supposed to take, and spent the next couple days ruing the missed opportunity.
Kansas State’s gritty junior guard made up for it Tuesday night.
Brown poured in 24 points, locked down defensively on Oklahoma star Trae Young, and ultimately led the plucky, defensive-minded Wildcats to an upset of the fourth-ranked Sooners.
Young was held to 20 points on 8-of-21 shooting, his fewest since scoring 15 in his college debut.
No. 12 Cincinnati 49, Central Florida 38
ORLANDO, Fla. — Gary Clark scored 17 points and grabbed 15 rebounds to lead Cincinnati. Jacob Evans added 10 points for the Bearcats (16-2, 5-0 American Athletic Conference), who won their ninth straight game.
UCF (12-6, 3-3) got seven points apiece from Tacko Fall, Terrell Allen and Dayon Griffin.
South Carolina 76, No. 18 Kentucky 68
COLUMBIA, S.C. — Chris Silva tied his career high with 27 points and South Carolina rallied from 14 points down in the second half.
The Gamecocks (12-6, 3-3 Southeastern Conference) seemed done after Kevin Knox’s short jumper with 12:28 to go put the Wildcats ahead 54-40.
But that’s when South Carolina got going and outscored Kentucky (14-4, 4-2) 36-14 the rest of the way to pull off the upset.
Syracuse 59, Pittsburgh 45
SYRACUSE, N.Y. — Frank Howard had 18 points, seven rebounds and five steals and Syracuse snapped a four-game losing streak, defeating Pittsburgh.
The Orange averted the first five-game losing streak in coach Jim Boeheim’s historic 42-year tenure.
Howard’s points, career-high seven rebounds, five steals and four assists led the Orange (13-6, 2-4 ACC) to a much-needed win over Pittsburgh (8-11, 0-6).
ESPNU to air Feb. 1 game at Radford
ESPNU announced Wednesday that it will televise the Radford men’s basketball team’s Feb. 1 home game against Gardner-Webb.
This will be one of four Big South regular-season games that ESPNU will air this season. ESPNU picks those games no more than 21 days in advance.
This will be the fifth straight season that a Radford game has aired on ESPNU.
The game will air at 7 p.m. Gardner-Webb beat first-place Radford last week in the first regular-season meeting between the teams.
Snowy weather affects several games in area
The Roanoke College men’s basketball team’s home game against Guilford was postponed Wednesday because of snow and was rescheduled for 7 p.m. Thursday.
The Washington and Lee men’s basketball team’s home game against Randolph also was postponed Wednesday and rescheuled for 7 p.m. Thursday.
The Hollins women’s basketball team’s home game against Guilford was also postponed Wednesday and rescheduled for 7 p.m. Thursday.
The Ferrum men’s basketball team’s game at Pfeiffer University in North Carolina on Wednesday was cancelled.
The game did not count in the USA South standings.