Top 25 basketball: Villanova defeats Providence in 2OT
Providence, R.I. • Ryan Arcidiacono had a three-point play with 3.6 seconds left in the second overtime to lift No. 9 Villanova to an 82-79 win over Providence on Tuesday night.
Arcidiacono led the Wildcats (23-3, 11-2 Big East) with 21 points. JayVaughn Pinkston had 20 and James Bell 17. Villanova moved into a tie for first atop the Big East with Creighton.
Bryce Cotton led the Friars (17-10, 7-7) with 22 points despite shooting just 6 of 20. Kadeem Batts finished with 21 and 11 rebounds, but fouled out on Arcidiacono's game-winning basket.
After missing shots at the end of regulation and OT, Arcidiacono drove to the basket, banking in a shot as he was fouled.
LaDontae Henton's 3 from the left corner bounced off the front of the rim as the horn sounded, allowing Villanova to escape with the win.
No. 8 Kansas 64, Texas Tech 63 • In Lubbock, Texas, Andrew Wiggins' layup with two seconds left lifted Kansas over Texas Tech. The freshman finished with 19 points and Joel Embiid added 18 to lead the Jayhawks (20-6, 11-2). The victory for Kansas gave them 20 wins for the 25th consecutive season.
Jordan Tolbert scored 16 points and Dejan Kravic added 13 to lead Texas Tech (13-13, 5-8).
No. 17 Iowa State 85, No. 19 Texas 76 • In Ames, Iowa, Melvin Ejim scored 25 points and DeAndre Kane added 22 to help Iowa State beat Texas for its fifth victory in six games. Georges Niang had 20 points for the Cyclones (20-5, 8-5 Big 12), who clinched their third straight 20-win season under coach Fred Hoiberg.
No. 18 Kentucky 84, Mississippi 70 • In Oxford, Miss., Julius Randle had 25 points and 13 rebounds, Aaron Harrison added 17 points and Kentucky (20-6, 10-3 SEC) beat Mississippi.
Game postponed • Indiana's game against No. 15 Iowa was postponed Tuesday night in Bloomington, Ind., after an 8-foot long, 50-pound piece of metal inside Assembly Hall fell from the ceiling into some empty seats in the northwest corner of the arena. No makeup date was announced.
• No. 5 Duke 68,Georgia Tech 51
• No. 6 San Diego State vs. Utah State, late
• No. 8 Kansas 64,Texas Tech 63
• No. 9 Villanova 82, Providence 89 (2OT)
• No. 11. Louisville 80, South Florida 54
• No. 14 Virginia 57,Virginia Tech 53
• No. 15 Iowa at Indiana, ppd
• No. 17 Iowa State 85, No. 19 Texas 76
• No. 18 Kentucky 84, Mississippi 70
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