CINCINNATI, Sporting Alert – No. 5 Xavier stunned top-ranked Villanova while No. 8 Iowa and No. 9 Arizona were two other AP top 10 teams to go down in college basketball action on Wednesday night.
Freshman point guard Edmond Sumner and J.P. Macura each scored 19 points, with Sumner also collecting nine assists and six rebounds, and Xavier knocked off No. 1 Villanova 90-83 for its first win over the Wildcats since joining the Big East conference.
Myles Davis added 16 points, six assists and four rebounds, Jalen Reynolds scored 11 points and James Farr ended with 10 points off the bench for the Musketeers (25-3, 13-3), who led for most of the game en route to earning their first win over an AP Top-5 team since 2004.
Kris Jenkins scored 19 points in the first half and ended with 22 to lead Villanova before fouling out with 8:47 left and Josh Hart added 13 before exiting the game as well.
Jalen Brunson ended with 12 points while Daniel Ochefu sat most of the second half with four fouls and finished with eight points and seven rebounds in the defeat for the Wildcats (24-4, 13-2), who had their seven-game win streak stopped.
Villanova was also suffering its second Big East loss of the season while the No. 1 team in the country was losing for only the second time in their last 18 games.
In another upset on Wednesday night, Bronson Koenig scored 15 points to lead Wisconsin to a 67-59 win over the eighth-ranked Iowa.
The Hawkeyes (20-7, 11-4) were dropping their third game in the last four games.
Nigel Hayes ended with 10 points for the Badgers (18-10, 10-5 Big Ten), who have now won nine in the last 10 games and stayed on course to play in the NCAA Tournament this season.
Peter Jok scored 21 points, six rebounds and three steals, Anthony Clemmons finished with 13 points and Jarrod Uthoff had 11 points and five boards for Iowa, which fell two full games behind leader Indiana in the Big Ten Conference standings.
Adam Woodbury grabbed 18 rebounds for the Hawkeyes, making it the fifth time in the last six games he’s collected 10+ boards.
Elsewhere, Josh Scott scored a season-high 26 points and Colorado upset No. 9 Arizona 75-72.
Meanwhile, Ryan Spangler poured in a career-high 26 points on 77 percent shooting and grabbed 14 rebounds to help No. 3 Oklahoma stifled the offense of an injury-hit Oklahoma State for a 71-49 win.
Buddy Hield had a relatively quiet night, but finished with 17 points on 5-of-15 shooting for the Sooners (22-5, 10-5 Big 12), who swept Bedlam.
Jeff Newberry made a career-high five 3-pointers on his way to scoring a team-high 19 points for the Cowboys (12-16, 3-12), who have now lost six of the last seven games.
College Basketball Scores – Top 25
Wednesday, February 24
NO. 5 XAVIER 90, NO. 1 VILLANOVA 83
NO. 3 OKLAHOMA 71, OKLAHOMA STATE 49
NO. 7 NORTH CAROLINA 80, NORTH CAROLINA STATE 68
WISCONSIN 67, NO. 8 IOWA 59
COLORADO 75, NO. 9 ARIZONA 72
NO. 11 LOUISVILLE 67, PITTSBURGH 60
NO. 13 OREGON 76, WASHINGTON STATE 62
NO. 21 TEXAS A&M 68, MISSISSIPPI STATE 66
NO. 23 NOTRE DAME 69, WAKE FOREST 58