|Sunday's Top 25 Capsules|
|Written by Admin|
|Sunday, 18 January 2009 11:30|
The Wildcats (9-6, 1-4) had not beaten a Top 25 team since a three-point victory over then-No. 18 Iowa on Feb. 8, 2006. They had dropped 27 of 28 Big Ten games, including their first four this season.
Northwestern went on a 16-0 run early in the second half to grab a 10-point lead. Lawrence Westbrook scored 18 for Minnesota (16-2, 4-2).
No. 4 Connecticut 76, Seton Hall 61
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) - A.J. Price scored 23 points to lead Connecticut to a victory over Seton Hall, the Huskies fifth Big East win since losing their conference opener to Georgetown.
Hasheem Thabeet added 15 points, 17 rebounds and four blocked shots for UConn (16-1, 5-1). Jeff Adrien had 13 points and 12 rebounds, the senior's 40th career double-double.
UConn to a 16 point lead.
Seton Hall's Jeremy Hazell scored 15 of his 20 in the second half. He was just 2-of-11 from the field in the first half. Robert Mitchell added 19 points and nine rebounds for the Pirates.
UConn has now won 22 of its last 24 games against Seton Hall (9-8), which is now 0-5 in the Big East.
No. 15 Xavier 73, La Salle 53
CINCINNATI (AP) - B.J. Raymond scored 16 points, hitting long shots over La Salle's zone defense, and Xavier relied on its offensive balance to beat the Explorers and remain unbeaten atop the Atlantic 10 Conference.
Xavier (15-2, 4-0) has won six in a row since a home-court loss to Butler on Dec. 23, with its freshmen blending in better as the season goes along.
La Salle (9-7, 1-2) was coming off a 68-61 win over Charlotte on Wednesday that moved the Explorers three games over .500 for the first time in two years. They never led against Xavier, which squeezed the momentum out of La Salle in the first half with its halfcourt defense.
Yves Mekongo Mbala and Rodney Green led La Salle with 15 points apiece.
No. 19 Purdue 75, Iowa 53
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (AP) - E'Twaun Moore scored 13 points to help Purdue defeat Iowa.
e Boilermakers (14-4, 3-2 Big Ten). It was Purdue's third straight Big Ten win after starting 0-2.
The Boilermakers sank seven 3-pointers in the second half. Grant made four of five and Moore added two.
David Palmer led Iowa with 19 points, and Matt Gatens added 11 for the Hawkeyes (11-7, 1-4), who lost their third consecutive game.
No. 23 Villanova 76, St. John's 57
VILLANOVA, Pa. (AP) - Donte Cunningham scored 17 points and Dwayne Anderson added a season-high 14 to lead Villanova to a victory over St. John's.
Antonio Pena had 12 points for the Wildcats (14-3, 2-2 Big East), who set a team mark with their 24th straight home-court victory.
D.J. Kennedy had 18 points and Quincy Roberts 14 for St. John's (10-7, 1-4), which lost for the sixth time in seven games while dropping its fifth in a row to Villanova.