Saturday’s Top 25: Gill, Virginia outlast Villanova

Associated Press

Charlottesville, Va. — London Perrantes heard all the pregame talk about No. 8 Virginia’s matchup with No. 12 Villanova being a showdown of guards.

And he did what he does with most of the hype he encounters as the Cavaliers go about their business: He ignored it.

“We just wanted to win the game. We didn’t want to make a statement,” Perrantes said after scoring 15 of his 19 points in the second half as Virginia (9-1) used a 14-0 run to take command and then pulled away from the Wildcats for an 86-75 victory on Saturday.

“We have guards that can shoot the ball just as well as anybody in the country, I feel like, and we just want to go out there and prove ourselves, and I thought we did that tonight,” the junior point guard said.

He made 5 of 10 shots, including 3 of 4 from 3-point range.

Anthony Gill led the Cavaliers with 22 points and Malcolm Brogdon got 14 of his 20 in the second half. Brogdon also had six assists, several setting up easy inside baskets for Gill, as Virginia shot 56.5 percent (26-46), hit 8 of 12 3-point tries and 26 of 30 free throws.

“When they make it that easy, all I have to do is just finish,” Gill said after missing just once in nine shots.

Kris Jenkins scored 23 points, getting 19 in the second half, and Daniel Ochefu had 13 before fouling out late in the physical marquee matchup for Villanova (8-2). The Wildcats made 10 3-pointers and shot 49 percent, but were outrebounded 31-19.

Brogdon and Gill are typically Virginia’s top scorers, but Perrantes joining the mix made things difficult, Wildcats coach Jay Wright said.

“It was choosing your poison,” he said. “Gill is just a beast. He’s as efficient as anyone I’ve seen in a while in the post area.”

Perrantes, meanwhile, often winds up with the ball in his hands and the shot clock running down.

“Usually he hits one or two daggers a game,” Wright said. “He hit a bunch today.”

The Cavaliers trailed 43-41 and had only made one 3-pointer when Brogdon made one with 12:03 to play.

While Villanova missed its next seven shots and went scoreless for nearly five minutes, Perrantes added another 3-pointer for Virginia, and then a conventional three-point play, giving Virginia nine points in a span of 1:19. Two free throws by Brogdon and then another 3-pointer by Devon Hall finished a 14-0 burst, giving the Cavaliers their largest lead to that point at 55-43 with 9:11 left.

It also brought the crowd at John Paul Jones Arena to its feet, celebrating the play at both ends.

Jenkins scored 13 points over the next 4 1/2 minutes as the Wildcats closed within four, but Perrantes’ third 3-pointer of the half, an inside basket by Gill and Brogdon’s 3-pointer pushed the lead back to 76-66 with 1:55 to play, and the Cavaliers made their free throws.

Virginia led 33-29 after a first half marked by good defense, good shooting and sloppy ball-handling.

(At) No. 2 Kansas 88, Montana 46: Perry Ellis had 18 points and nine rebounds for Kansas. Brannen Greene and Wayne Selden added 11 points each, and Svi Mykhailiuk finished with 10 for the Jayhawks (9-1). They led by 20 at halftime before coasting to their eighth straight win. Brandon Gfeller led the Grizzlies (4-6) with 12 points.

(At) No. 3 Oklahoma 87, Creighton 74: Buddy Hield scored a career-high 33 points to help Oklahoma pull away. Creighton cut Oklahoma’s lead to 71-68 in the second half before Hield, a preseason All-American, scored nine straight points in 1:22 to put the game out of reach. Jordan Woodard had 15 points and seven rebounds for the Sooners (8-0). Maurice Watson scored 19 points for the Bluejays (7-4).

Northern Iowa 81, No. 5 Iowa State 79: At Des Moines, Iowa, Wes Washpun scored a career-high 28 points and had 11 assists and Northern Iowa upset Iowa State for its second win over a top-five opponent this season. Paul Jesperson added a career-high 21 points on seven 3-pointers for the Panthers (7-3), who stunned then-No. 1 North Carolina 71-67 at home last month. Iowa State’s Georges Niang made it 80-79 on free throws with 20 seconds left, and the Cyclones (9-1) forced a subsequent turnover. Niang slipped, though, giving the Panthers the ball back. Washpun hit a free throw and Monte Morris missed a floater at the buzzer. Niang scored 30 points for the Cyclones.

Utah 77, No. 7 Duke 75, OT: Kyle Kuzma scored 21 points to lead Utah past Duke in the Ameritas Insurance Classic in New York. Jakob Poeltl had 19 points and 14 rebounds for Utah (9-2) before fouling out with 31 seconds left in overtime. Luke Kennard led Duke (9-2) with 24 points.

(At) No. 10 Xavier 85, Auburn 61: Jalen Reynolds had a season-high 18 points as Xavier’s front line dominated, and the Musketeers got their best start in school history by beating Auburn. Xavier (11-0) was comfortably ahead the whole way after an opening 8-0 run. Kareem Canty had 25 points for Auburn (5-3).

No. 11 North Carolina 89, No. 22 UCLA 76: Brice Johnson scored 27 points, the second straight game he set his career high, and North Carolina beat UCLA in the CBS Sports Classic at Barclays Center in New York. The senior forward missed his first shot from the field then didn’t miss again, finishing 11 for 12 as he bettered the 25 points he scored against Tulane. Joel Berry II added a career-high 17 points for the Tar Heels (9-2). Isaac Hamilton had 23 points for Bruins (8-4).

(At) No. 13 Arizona 82, UNLV 70: Dusan Ristic scored a career-high 20 points, Ryan Anderson had 17 points and 13 rebounds, and Arizona outlasted UNLV. Arizona (11-1) played superbly on offense all night, shooting 52 percent, and built a 12-point lead behind its defense in the second half. Ike Nwamu had 17 points for UNLV (8-4).

(At) No. 14 Providence 73, Rider 65: Ben Bentil had 19 points and 12 rebounds and Providence beat Rider in the Friars’ second straight game with star Kris Dunn. Jalen Lindsey added 13 points and 13 rebounds for Providence (11-1), and fellow sophomore Rodney Bullock had 16 points and 11 boards. Dunn missed his second consecutive game with a stomach virus. Jimmy Taylor scored 22 points for Rider (2-9).

(At) No. 15 Miami 85, College of Charleston 63: Ja’Quan Newton scored a career-high 20 points, Sheldon McClellan added 14 and Miami returned from an 11-day break to beat College of Charleston. Anthony Lawrence scored 11 points for the Hurricanes (9-1). Canyon Barry, the son of former Miami great and Basketball Hall of Famer Rick Barry, had 20 points for Charleston (7-3).

(At) No. 24 Texas A&M 80, No. 16 Baylor 61: Jalen Jones and Danuel House scored 17 points each for Texas A&M. The Aggies (9-2) scored 14 of the game’s first 16 points and led 51-30 at halftime. Lester Medford scored 16 points for Baylor (8-2). The Bears beat Texas A&M 77-63 at home last season in their first meeting since the Aggies bolted the Big 12 for the Southeastern Conference in 2012.

(At) No. 19 Louisville 78, Western Kentucky 56: Quentin Snider scored 16 points for Louisville. Trey Lewis and Damion Lee each added 15 points for the Cardinals (9-1). Fredrick Edmond led Western Kentucky (6-5) with 14 points and eight rebounds.

(At) No. 21 George Washington 87, Saint Peter’s 74: Tyler Cavanaugh scored 18 points, and Patricio Garino added 16 for George Washington. Kevin Larsen had 11 points and 11 rebounds for the Colonials (10-1). Trevis Wyche scored a career-high 26 points for Saint Peter’s (3-6).

No. 23 Cincinnati 69, (at) VCU 63: Troy Caupain and Farad Cobb had 15 points each for Cincinnati. Gary Clark scored nine of his 13 points in the second half for the Bearcats (10-2). He also had nine rebounds. Korey Billbury led the Rams (5-5) with 22 points and nine rebounds.