Wednesday's Top 25 Men's College Basketball Capsules

VILLANOVA, Pa. (AP) — Antonio Pena scored 17 points and Corey Fisher had 16 to lead No. 6 Villanova to an 82-66 victory over Boston University in the second round of the NIT Season Tip-Off on Wednesday night.

The Wildcats (3-0) won their 40th straight game at The Pavilion, and advanced to the semifinals of the tournament next Wednesday night at Madison Square Garden in New York.

John Holland scored 14 points and Jake O’Brien had 13 for the Terriers (1-2).

Coming off a 37-point win over Marist on Tuesday, Villanova cruised again. The Wildcats led by 16 at halftime and were never seriously challenged.

Pena stole a pass and strolled in for an uncontested slam to cap an 18-5 run and give Villanova a 24-12 lead with 8:35 left in the first half.

No. 14 Purdue 103, Alcorn State 48

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (AP) — E’Twaun Moore had 19 points, seven assists and six rebounds to help Purdue beat Alcorn State.

John Hart scored a career-high 16 points and made 4 of 6 3-pointers, Sandi Marcius had 12 points and eight rebounds and JaJuan Johnson added 12 points for the Boilermakers (2-0), who shot 52 percent from the field.

The 55-point win was Purdue’s largest margin of victory since 1983, when the Boilermakers beat Tampa 106-50. The point total was the highest since 1998, when Purdue defeated Ohio State 107-75.

No. 19 Memphis 94, Northwestern State 79

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — Wesley Witherspoon had 24 points and a career-high 12 rebounds, while Will Barton added 22 points keying a second-half rally to help Memphis beat Northwestern State.

Witherspoon was 5 of 7 from the field and converted all but one of his 14 free throws as Memphis (3-0) survived a second-half burst by the Demons, who held the lead with just over 13 minutes left.

Will Pratt finished with 23 points, including 14 in the second half to lead Northwestern State (1-2). Devon Baker finished with 15 points, while Louis Ellis had 11.

No. 23 BYU 78, Utah State 72

Provo, Utah (AP) — Jimmer Fredette scored 26 points to lead Brigham Young to a win over Utah State.

With the Cougars (2-0) leading 74-71 and 25 seconds left, Noah Hartsock and Fredette each hit two free throws to put the game out of reach.

Tai Wesley scored 13 of his 19 points in the first half to lead the Aggies. He fouled out with 2:10 left in the game. That foul was ruled intentional and put Chris Collinsworth on the line where he converted both free throws to push the BYU lead to 74-69.

In the first half, Fredette tried to break the game open early by scoring 12 of BYU’s first 15 points to help the Cougars to a 15-7 lead. Brian Green immediately responded for the Aggies by sinking three straight 3-pointers to pull within one at 17-16.

Green finished the game with 17 points for Utah State (1-1).

No. 24 Tennessee 60, Missouri State 56

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Trae Golden, playing in place of an injured Melvin Goins, hit a pair of free throws with 7.2 seconds left and Tennessee beat Missouri State in the second round of the NIT Season Tip-Off.

Tennessee (3-0) had a seven-point lead with 27.9 seconds left off a pair of foul shots by Cameron Tatum, but Jermaine Mallett hit a 3-pointer to make it 57-53 with 19.7 seconds left.

Missouri State’s Adam Leonard answered another pair of Tatum free throws with a 3-point shot to cut the Vols’ lead to 58-56 with 8.3 seconds left. Corey Copeland fouled Golden hard, sending him to the floor, but the Bears wouldn’t score again after his free throws.

Tobias Harris led the Vols with 15 points, and Kyle Weems scored 18 for Missouri State.

Tennessee advances to face Virginia Commonwealth in the semifinals New York City on Nov. 24.


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