|Thursday's Top 25 Capsules|
|Written by Admin|
|Thursday, 05 March 2009 18:40|
By The Associated Press
VILLANOVA, Pa. (AP) -Scottie Reynolds scored 23 points and No. 11 Villanova finished a perfect season at the Pavilion and earned a double-bye in the Big East tournament with a 97-80 victory over Providence on Thursday night.
Reynolds hit three 3s for the Wildcats (25-6, 13-5) in the second half that stretched the lead into double digits and pushed back a Providence team that badly needed this win to strengthen its NCAA tournament chances.
Weyinmi Efejuku had 29 points on 9-for-16 shooting for the Friars (18-12, 10-8).
The Wildcats won their 28th straight game at their on-campus home and as the No. 4 seed, will get two extra days' rest, not opening play in the conference tournament at Madison Square Garden until Thursday.
No. 17 Xavier 76, Dayton 59
CINCINNATI (AP) - Dante Jackson scored Xavier's first 11 points for a lead that held, and the Musketeers won their third straight Atlantic 10 regular-season championship.
Xavier (24-5, 12-3) joined a short list of A10 heavyweights - no one has dominated like this since UMass and Temple in the 1990s.
e Flyers (24-6, 10-5), who haven't beaten Xavier in Cincinnati since 1981, losing their last 24 games on whatever court happens to be Xavier's home.
The Musketeers put it away with a late surge by B.J. Raymond, who made 3s on consecutive possessions to push the lead to 65-52 with 4:23 left. He finished with 14 points.
Stanford 74, No. 21 Arizona St. 64
TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) - Landry Fields scored 20 points and Stanford handed Arizona State its third straight loss.
Anthony Goods scored 15 points, Lawrence Hill added 13 and Kenny Brown had 12 for the Cardinal (17-11, 6-11 Pac-10), who avenged a 30-point loss to Arizona State in January. Stanford won for the first time in eight conference road games.
James Harden scored 22 points and Jeff Pendergraph had 15 points and 11 rebounds for the Sun Devils (21-8, 10-7), who shot 36 percent from the field.
Penn St. 64, No. 23 Illinois 63
STATE COLLEGE, Pa. (AP) - Talor Battle hit a driving shot with 0.3 seconds left to cap Penn State's rally from a 10-point deficit.
The Illini's Mike Davis, a 70 percent free-throw shooter, missed the front end of a 1-and-1 with 8 seconds left. Jamelle Cornley corralled the rebound and handed off to Battle, who dribbled furiously up court and threw up the shot that bounced around the rim before dropping in.
red a victory that will help their NCAA tournament credentials. Battle finished with 15 points.
Demetri McCamey scored 16 points and Mike Tisdale added 12 for Illinois (23-8 11-7), which missed a chance to clinch no lower than the third seed in next week's Big Ten tournament.