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February 16. 2014 11:46PM
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OMAHA, Neb. — Doug McDermott matched his season high with 39 points and passed Larry Bird for 13th place on the Division I career scoring chart, and No. 18 Creighton defeated sixth-ranked Villanova 101-80 on Sunday.


Creighton’s second win over Villanova in a month moved the Bluejays (21-4, 11-2) into a first-place tie with the Wildcats (22-3, 11-2) in the Big East. The Bluejays beat the same ranked opponent twice in the same season for the first time in program history. They also won their 16th straight at home, matching their longest streak since moving into the CenturyLink Center in 2003.


McDermott, a two-time first-team All-America and leading candidate for national player of the year, went over 30 points for ninth time this season and 23rd time in his career.


James Bell scored 18 points for the Wildcats before fouling out with 6:11 left.


No. 4 Wichita St. 84, Evansville 68


EVANSVILLE, Ind. — Ron Baker scored 26 points and Fred VanVleet finished with 18 points, eight assists and five steals, leading No. 4 Wichita State.


The Shockers (27-0, 14-0 Missouri Valley Conference) remained one of two perfect teams in major college basketball and extended their school-record winning streak. They are the 21st team in Division I history to go 27-0, a list No. 1 Syracuse could join later this week.


Nebraska 60, No. 9 Michigan St. 51


EAST LANSING, Mich. — Terran Petteway scored 23 points and Walter Pitchford added 18 and Nebraska topped No. 9 Michigan State.


Petteway had 16 points in the last 20 minutes after Pitchford had scored 12 before the break for the Cornhuskers (14-10, 6-6 Big Ten).


Gary Harris had 18 points and Adreian Payne 11 for the Spartans (21-5, 10-3), who remain in a first-place tie with Michigan. Harris was 5 for 15 from the field. Michigan State shot 34 percent from the field and 20.8 percent on 3-pointers.


No. 13 Louisville 102, Rutgers 54


LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Luke Hancock scored a career-high 25 points, including six 3-pointers, and No. 13 Louisville throttled Rutgers.


The Cardinals (21-4, 10-2 American Athletic Conference) made a season-high 16 shots from beyond the arc on 30 attempts for their fourth straight win, completing a season sweep of the Scarlet Knights (10-16, 4-9). Louisville also shot 56 percent in posting its biggest win this season.


No. 21 Wisconsin 75, No. 15 Michigan 62


ANN ARBOR, Mich. — Frank Kaminsky had 25 points and 11 rebounds, and No. 21 Wisconsin smothered No. 15 Michigan in the first half before holding on.


Caris LeVert scored 17 of his 25 points in the second half for Michigan.


Sam Dekker had 15 points for Wisconsin.


Temple 71, No. 23 SMU 64


PHILADELPHIA — Dalton Pepper scored 24 points and Temple upset SMU.


Playing without injured starter and leading rebounder in Anthony Lee, Temple (7-17, 2-10 American Athletic Conference) knocked a top-25 opponent off for the first time since March 10 against No. 21 VCU. The Owls were 0-5 against the Top 25 this season, but have now beaten a ranked opponent in each of the last seven seasons.




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