VILLANOVA, Pa., Sporting Alert — College basketball AP Top 25 scores from Wednesday night, December 28.
The latest set of results saw No. 1 Villanova squeezing out a 68-65 win over DePaul, but it wasn’t so lucky for second-ranked UCLA after it suffered its first loss of the season against No. 21 Oregon.
NO. 1 VILLANOVA 68, DEPAUL 65
At The Pavilion in Villanova, leading contributor Josh Hart scored 25 on 8 for 15 shooting and pulled down six rebounds to help the top-ranked Wildcats survived against DePaul with a 68-65 win on Wednesday.
Jalen Brunson added 13 points on 5 for 7 shooting to go along with six assists and four rebounds and Kris Jenkins scored 12 points in the win for Villanova, which barely held on for its 13th straight victory this season and 19th straight win overall.
Tredarius McCallum led DePaul with 19 points and shot 9 for 13 while grabbing seven rebounds.
Billy Garrett Jr. scored 17 points for the Blue Demons (7-7), but missed a potential game-tying 3-pointer as time expired.
Eli Cain finished with 14 points and five boards for DePaul, which was losing three straight.
Villanova led by eight points at halftime and then used a 14-6 run to increase the gap to 51-39 early in the second half.
However, the Blue Demons countered with a 14-0 run to take a 53-51 lead with 6:25 remaining.
The Wildcats took back the lead with 3:07 left when senior Hart made a jumper before he went on to finish with 10 points during that period to seal the win for the home side.
“I just wanted to be aggressive,” he said in an Associated Press report. “Coach puts me in the position, and my teammates put me in that position.”
Wildcats coach Jay Wright said: “We’re going to learn a lot from this. We hope we don’t need wake-up calls.”
No. 21 OREGON 89, No. 2 UCLA 87
Meanwhile, there were lots of entertainment as well at Matthew Knight Arena in Eugene, after Dillon Brooks hit an off-balanced 3-pointer with 0.8 seconds left to give No. 21 Oregon an 89-87 victory over the previously undefeated and No. 2 UCLA.
Wednesday night’s encounter, which went back-and-forth in the last few minutes, was the Pac-12 opener for both teams.
Brooks, who ended the game with 23 points and nine rebounds, grabbed a missed free throw by Bryce Alford with 8.9 seconds left, passed it to Payton Pritchard before getting it right back.
With valuable seconds ticking away, the junior forward took two dribbles and then hit a desperate shot from behind the arc to send the arena wild as the home fans ran onto the court before officials managed to clear the area and finished out the last 0.8 seconds.
Payton Pritchard added 15 points and nine assists as all five Oregon players scored in double-digit.
Jordan Bell ended with 13 points and seven rebounds, Tyler Dorsey scored 11 points and Dylan Ennis finished with 10 for the Ducks (12-2), who won their 10th consecutive game.
The win was also Oregon’s 34th straight at home, which is the nation’s second-longest home winning streak.
Thomas Welch collected a double-double with 20 points and 10 rebounds to lead UCLA, while Alford added 20 points for the Bruins (13-1).
Lonzo Ball supported with 14 points and TJ Leaf had 13 in the defeat for UCLA which had ended then-No. 2 Kentucky long home streak last month but fell short against the Ducks Wednesday night.
In other AP Top 25 scores on Wednesday night, No. 12 Virginia upset No. 6 Louisville 61-53, No. 9 North Carolina ran over Monmouth 102-74, while No. 10 Creighton picked up an 89-75 victory over Seton Hall.
Elsewhere in AP Top 25 scores, No. 15 Purdue crushed Iowa 89-67, Nebraska upset No. 16 Indiana 87-83, No. 17 Xavier eased to an 82-56 victory over Providence, No. 20 Florida State beat Wake Forest 88-72, No. 22 USC defeated Oregon State 70-63, No. 23 Cincinnati topped Temple 56-50 and No. 24 Notre Dame turned back Saint Peter’s 63-55.
College Basketball AP TOP 25 Scores
Wednesday, 29 December
No. 1 VILLANOVA 68, DEPAUL 65
No. 21 OREGON 89, No. 2 UCLA 87
No. 12 VIRGINIA 61, No. 6 LOUISVILLE 53
No. 9 NORTH CAROLINA 102, MONMOUTH 74
No. 10 CREIGHTON 89, SETON HALL 75
No. 15 PURDUE 89, IOWA 67
NEBRASKA 87, No. 16 INDIANA 83
No. 17 XAVIER 82, PROVIDENCE 56
No. 20 FLORIDA ST. 88, WAKE FOREST 72
No. 22 SOUTHERN CAL 70, OREGON ST. 63
No. 23 CINCINNATI 56, TEMPLE 50
No. 24 NOTRE DAME 63, SAINT PETER’S 55