|Sunday's Top 25 Capsules|
|Written by Admin|
|Sunday, 01 February 2009 11:38|
It was the first win in 17 trips to East Lansing for the Nittany Lions (17-5, 6-3 Big Ten).
Kalin Lucas had 23 points but missed a tying free throw and jump shot for the Spartans (17-4, 7-2), who played without virus-plagued Raymar Morgan and fell into a first-place tie with Purdue.
Michigan State lost its second straight home game after winning 28 in a row in Breslin Center.
Penn State overcame a 29-16 deficit with a barrage of 3-pointers late in the first half and took a 38-37 lead at the break. Battle had 18 of his points in the first 20 minutes.
The Nittany Lions used an 11-0 run to lead 59-49 on Battle's banked 3. They went up 68-56 before holding off a furious final surge.
No. 1 Duke 79, Virginia 54
DURHAM, N.C. (AP) - Gerald Henderson scored 16 of his 18 points in the first half to lead Duke past Virginia.
Nolan Smith added 15 points on 7-of-10 shooting for the first-place Blue Devils (19-2, 6-1 Atlantic Coast Conference).
They wrapped up what surely will be a one-week run as the nation's top-ranked team with a dominating effort that helped them bounce back from a final-seconds loss to Wake Forest.
Jon Scheyer finished with 11 points for Duke - which never trailed, shot 46 percent and forced 23 turnovers - 17 in the first half. And for a while, at least, its tough defense frustrated star freshman Sylven Landesberg in his first visit to Cameron Indoor Stadium.
Landesberg recovered from a rough start and scored 12 of his 20 points in the second half for Virginia (7-10, 1-5).
No. 19 Illinois 62, Iowa 54
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) - Mike Tisdale scored 18 points and Illinois rebounded from its worst offensive showing in more than two decades by hanging on to beat Iowa.
Held to their lowest point total in 24 years in a 59-36 loss at Minnesota on Thursday, the Fighting Illini barely beat the Big Ten's 10th place team.
A 3-pointer by Jeff Peterson with 18 seconds left pulled Iowa within 58-54, but Tisdale and Mike Davis each hit two free throws as the Illini (18-4, 6-3 Big Ten) sent the Hawkeyes (12-10, 2-7) to their sixth loss in seven games. Illinois is trying to build some momentum for the postseason, and it simply couldn't afford to stumble again after that miserable showing against Minnesota.
Although it was far from a perfect performance, the Fighting Illini got a needed win.
ed 10 apiece.
No. 21 Villanova 71, Cincinnati 50
PHILADELPHIA (AP) - Dante Cunningham scored 21 points, Scottie Reynolds added 11 and Villanova rallied from an early deficit for a victory over Cincinnati.
Corey Fisher also had 11 for the Wildcats (17-4, 5-3 Big East), who won their third straight thanks to 51 percent shooting.
Villanova also extended its winning streak to 25 at The Pavilion, its 6,500-seat on-campus arena. The last loss for the Wildcats at the arena was Jan. 6, 2007, when they fell to DePaul, 73-65. The streak began with a 102-87 win over Notre Dame on Jan. 17, 2007.
Alvin Mitchell scored 15 points and Yancy Gates added nine for Cincinnati (14-8, 4-5), which had won two in a row.
A jumper by Mitchell got Cincinnati within 45-39 with 13:13 remaining before Villanova went on a 12-0 run to take a 57-39 advantage with 7:25 left.