Villanova beats Purdue in OT

JIM O'CONNELL AP Basketball Writer Published:

NEW YORK (AP) -- James Bell was doing what a shooter does -- shoot.

It didn't matter that he was 1 for 8 from 3-point range in regulation. The junior guard let a couple of 3s fly in overtime and Villanova was able to come away with an 89-81 victory over Purdue on Thursday night in the semifinals of the 2K Sports Classic benefiting the Wounded Warrior Project.

Bell and the other shooters over the years at Villanova follow a philosophy given to them by coach Jay Wright: "Shoot 'em up. Sleep in the streets."

Wright explained it as, "Keep shooting and if you make them everyone loves you. If you keep missing they won't let you in the house, so you sleep in the streets."

"As a shooter you're going to have good days and you're going to have bad days, but you can't let it get to you," Bell said. "You have to keep shooting and that's what I tried to do here and we were able to come out with the win."

Villanova scored the last six points of regulation -- all on free throws -- to tie the game at 75.

The Wildcats (3-0) will face Alabama in Friday night's championship game. The Crimson Tide beat Oregon State 65-62.

Darrun Hilliard set his career high for the second straight game, finishing with 22 points for Villanova. Freshman Ryan Arcidiacono had 18 points for the Wildcats and Bell added 16.

Bell hit his first 3 to break the 75-all tie and his second made it 83-79 with 2 minutes left. That started a 9-0 run that gave the Wildcats the win in Madison Square Garden.

"This just shows what we can do when we do the little things," Bell said.

D.J. Byrd had 16 points for the Boilermakers (1-2).

NO. 1 INDIANA 99,

SAM HOUSTON ST. 45

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -- Christian Watford scored 23 points to help No. 1 Indiana defeat Sam Houston State 99-45 on Thursday night in the Progressive Legends Classic.

Will Sheehey scored 18 points, Victor Oladipo had 14 and Jordan Hulls 10 for the Hoosiers (3-0), who shot 57 percent from the field and made 9 of 21 3-pointers.

NO. 2 LOUISVILLE 80, SAMFORD 54

LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- Russ Smith scored a game-high 18 points, Chane Behanan grabbed a career-high 18 rebounds and added 12 points and the Cardinals routed the Bulldogs.

Behanan matched his career best in the first half with 13, outrebounding the Bulldogs (12) by himself.

NO. 6 N.C. STATE 72, PENN STATE 55

BAYAMON, Puerto Rico -- T.J. Warren had 22 points and eight rebounds to lead the Wolfpack over the Nittany Lions in the opening round of the Puerto Rico Tipoff.

C.J. Leslie had 14 points and Rodney Purvis added 12 points for the Wolfpack (2-0). Purvis was 3 for 3 on 3-pointers and N.C. State shot 8 for 16 from beyond the arc.

NO. 7 KANSAS 69, CHATTANOOGA 55

LAWRENCE, Kan. -- Freshman guard Ben McLemore had 25 points and eight rebounds, Elijah Johnson added 18 points and the Jayhawks used a big second-half charge to beat the Mocs.

The Jayhawks (2-1), coming off a loss Tuesday night to Michigan State, got off to a sluggish start against the Mocs, and still trailed 42-30 in the opening minutes of the second half.

NO. 12 ARIZONA 72,

TEXAS-EL PASO 51

TUCSON, Ariz. -- Mark Lyons scored 17 points, Solomon Hill added 10 and the Wildcats overcame some sloppy ball-handling to beat the Miners.

After taking care of the ball in its opener, Arizona (2-0) had some careless moments against UTEP, turning it over 19 times. The Wildcats also fouled a little too much, particularly in the second half, which let the Miners keep it close for a while.

NO. 13 UCLA 100, JAMES MADISON 70

LOS ANGELES -- Norman Powell scored a career-high 27 points, Jordan Adams added 25 and the Bruins routed the Dukes in regional play of the Legends Classic.

Adams had 21 points in the season opener against Indiana State and 26 points against UC Irvine on Tuesday, making him the first freshman in school history to score 20-plus points in his first three games. He made all seven of his free throws, extending his streak to 23 in a row.

NO. 16 BAYLOR 84,

BOSTON COLLEGE 74

CHARLESTON, S.C. -- Pierre Jackson had a season-high 31 points, Isaiah Austin had 16 and the Bears rallied in the second half to beat the Eagles in the Charleston Classic.

The Bears (3-0) will face Colorado, the team they beat in last season's NCAA run to the final eight, on Friday for a spot in Sunday night's championship final. Jackson led the way for Baylor with six of his team's 12 3-pointers.

BIG TEN

NEBRASKA 50, VALPARAISO 48

LINCOLN, Neb. -- Brandon Ubel scored 17 points, Ray Gallegos added 14 and Nebraska overcame a late scoring drought to hold off cold-shooting Valparaiso 50-48 on Thursday night.

Gallegos made a career-high four 3-pointers, all of them coming during big runs that helped the Cornhuskers (2-0) build a double-digit cushion against the defending Horizon League champion Crusaders (2-1).

NORTWESTERN 81, MISS. VALLEY 68

EVANSTON, Ill. -- Mississippi Valley junior transfer Davon Usher scored a game-leading 35 points to almost single-handedly keep the Delta Devils in the game, but Northwestern got key late baskets from sophomore guard Dave Sobolewski to pull out an 81-68 win on Thursday night.

Sobolewski scored his first field goal of the season on a layup to break a 58-58 tie midway through the second half moments after Usher had hit a 3-point shot from the right corner to knot the score.

MINNESOTA 72, TENN. ST. 43

MINNEAPOLIS -- Rodney Williams had 15 points and seven rebounds as Minnesota defeated Tennessee State 72-43 Thursday night.

Andre Hollins added 13 points and Austin Hollins had 12 for the Gophers (3-0), whose 3-point shooting helped them build an 18-point halftime advantage that never dipped below 17 in the second half.

IOWA 66, HOWARD 36

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Junior Devyn Marble scored a season-high 22 points and Iowa throttled Howard 66-36 on Thursday night for its third straight win.

Aaron White added 16 points and eight rebounds for the Hawkeyes (3-0), who cruised despite hitting just four 3s in 21 tries.

Mike Phillips had 11 to lead Howard (0-2), a MEAC school coming off a 10-21 season in 2011-12.

OHIO COLLEGES

OKLA. ST. 69, AKRON 65

BAYAMON, Puerto Rico -- Phil Forte hit all his free throws after getting fouled while attempting a 3-pointer with 52 seconds left in overtime and Oklahoma State beat Akron 69-65 in the opening round of the Puerto Rico Tipoff on Thursday.

Brian Walsh had 14 points for Akron (1-2) and Alex Abreau, playing for the Zips in his hometown, had 13. Zeke Marshall made a layup with 1:02 left in regulation to tie the game at 61.

COLORADO 67, DAYTON 57

CHARLESTON, S.C. -- Askia Booker scored 16 points and Colorado used a 13-0 run in the second half to hold off Dayton, 67-57, to start the Charleston Classic on Thursday.

The Buffaloes (2-0) trailed 37-30 with 14 minutes left when Xavier Johnson got the surge started with 3-point shot. Spencer Dinwiddie put Colorado ahead with a 3-pointer. Johnson added a pair of foul shots and Andre Roberson made a basket for a 43-37 lead.

MAC

BUFFALO 56, EVANSVILLE 50

EVANSVILLE, Ind. -- Javon McCrea scored 14 points and Cameron Downing added 12 and Buffalo picked up a 56-50 victory over Evansville on Thursday night.

Evansville (0-2) led by as many as nine points in the first half, but a 12-0 run in the second half by the Bulls (1-2) proved to be the difference.  Lewis Jones led the Aces with 14 while Egidijus Mockevicius hit 6-of-7 shots en route to 12 points. Ned Cox finished with 10.

WOMEN

NO.24 TENNESSEE 101, RICE 48

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. -- Meighan Simmons scored 22 points to lead four Lady Vols in double figures Thursday night as No. 24 Tennessee trounced Rice 101-48 in the first home game of the post-Pat Summitt era.

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