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 PHILADELPHIA (AP) -Scottie Reynolds and Corey Fisher each scored 17 points to help No. 3 Villanova get off to the best start in school history with a 90-72 win over Notre Dame on Wednesday night.
A season after advancing to the Final Four, the Wildcats are 19-1 for the first time and are the only Big East team unbeaten in conference play (8-0). Villanova has won 10 straight overall and is in the mix for the top spot next week in The Associated Press poll.
Reynolds and Notre Dame's Luke Harangody were expected to state their cases for Big East player of the year. Harangody delivered on his end for the Irish (15-6, 4-4) with 21 points and nine rebounds in 37 minutes.
Reynolds' numbers weren't particularly impressive until a big spurt at the end. He scored nine straight points during Villanova's 11-0 run over the final 4 minutes that put this one away.
No. 21 Vanderbilt 85, No. 14 Tennessee 76
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Jermaine Beal scored 25 points and Vanderbilt beat state rival Tennessee for its 10th straight victory.
e in five tries, and Tennessee's first loss at home this season. Vandy is off to its best start in the SEC since 1966 and has grabbed control of the league's Eastern Division.
The teams traded the lead until a 3-pointer by Brad Tinsley with 8:42 left put Vanderbilt up 59-56, a lead it did not relinquish. Beal hit a layup and two 3s in less than a minute to make it 74-60 with 4:58 remaining.
J.P. Prince led Tennessee (15-4, 3-2) with 22 points, and Wayne Chism grabbed 16 rebounds.
Charlotte 74, No. 15 Temple 64
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) - Derrio Green scored 26 points and Charlotte rallied for a 74-64 victory over Temple to end the Owls' six-game winning streak and create a logjam atop the Atlantic 10.
Chris Braswell added 14 of his 15 points in the second half and Shamari Spears had 11 points and nine rebounds for the 49ers (15-5, 5-1), who continued their turnaround season by one-upping one of the nation's top defensive teams.
Frustrated by Charlotte's trapping zone, Temple (17-4, 5-1) coughed up a 10-point first-half lead and shot 35 percent in losing for only the second time in 15 games.
Ryan Brooks hit five 3-pointers and scored 20 points for Temple, which fell into a three-way tie atop the league with Charlotte and idle Xavier.
ed the crowd over the loudspeaker.
Providence 81, No. 19 Connecticut 66
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) - Jamine Peterson had 23 points to go with 14 rebounds, scoring eight of Providence's 14 straight points as the Friars took the lead and ran away from Connecticut.
Sharaud Curry scored 18, and Bilal Dixon had 11 points and 12 rebounds for Providence (12-8, 4-4 Big East). Students stormed the court in the final seconds in the biggest win for the Friars since last year's defeat of then-No. 1 Pittsburgh.
Kemba Walker and Gavin Edwards each scored 17 for UConn (13-7, 3-4), which was coming off a win over then-No. 1 Texas on Saturday. It was the Huskies' first loss under substitute coach George Blaney, who took over Jan. 19 when Hall of Famer Jim Calhoun took a medical leave.
UConn led 58-55 with 9:36 left before the Friars scored the next 14 points, 20 of the next 23 and 26 of 31. Providence, which trailed by as many as 10 midway through the first half, was coming off a loss to South Florida in which it blew a 12-point lead with 2:05 remaining.
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