Big East: Little guard hits big shot for 'Nova

Associated Press
Published January 29, 2006

SOUTH BEND, Ind. - The smallest player on the court came up big for Villanova in the final seconds.

When Randy Foye drove to the basket in the closing seconds to try to give sixth-ranked Villanova the lead over Notre Dame, 6-foot-1 Kyle Lowry went to the boards looking for the rebound. The guard jumped among the Irish big men, got his right hand on the ball and put it back up for the winning basket with 1.7 seconds left to give the Wildcats a 72-70 victory Saturday night.

"Everybody just went to the glass and I happened to be in the right spot," Lowry said.

It was just his second basket of the game, but Villanova coach Jay Wright said Lowry has a knack for getting big offensive rebounds.

"In our system we let him go to the offensive glass because he's so good," Wright said.

It was another tough loss for the Irish (10-8, 1-6 Big East), who lost twice in double overtime - to Georgetown on Tuesday and to Pittsburgh earlier this month. They are off to their worst conference start since 1995-96, their first season in the Big East when they also started 1-6 and finished 4-14.

For Villanova (15-2, 6-1), though, it was business as usual. The Wildcats have won 10 of the 12 games against the Irish since they joined the Big East.

NO. 1 CONNECTICUT 76, PROVIDENCE 62: Hilton Armstrong had 16 points and 12 rebounds and Josh Boone had nine and 13 as the visiting Huskies won their seventh straight.

Connecticut (18-1, 6-1) used a 52-34 rebounding edge to score 36 second-chance points to 11 for the Friars.

Providence (9-9, 2-5) fell to 0-5 against ranked teams this season and has not beaten one in 15 tries.

NO. 12 PITTSBURGH 77, MARQUETTE 71: Antonio Graves and Carl Krauser led a decisive 10-0 run late in the game as the host Panthers overcame a sluggish start and a 12-point deficit.

Graves scored 19 points and Krauser added 16, while Aaron Gray had 13 points and a career-high 20 rebounds. Pitt (17-1, 6-1) improved to 13-0 at home.

Freshman Dominic James, who missed more than 7 minutes after injuring his shoulder, had 16 points for Marquette (15-6, 5-3).

NO. 21 GEORGETOWN 76, CINCINNATI 57: Jeff Green had 20 points, seven rebounds and five assists as the host Hoyas pulled away early to their fourth straight win.

Back home for the first time since their upset over then-No. 1 Duke, the Hoyas (14-4, 5-2) held the Bearcats to 35 percent shooting and led by at least 16 the entire second half.

James White scored 22 to lead Cincinnati (14-7, 3-4), which has lost five of six.

RUTGERS 65, NO. 22 LOUISVILLE 56: Quincy Douby had 19 points and seven rebounds and Ollie Bailey scored six of his 12 points down the stretch as the host Scarlet Knights scored the game's final nine points.

JR Inman added 13 points for Rutgers (13-7, 3-4), which snapped a three-game losing streak while handing the Cardinals (14-6, 2-5) their fourth loss in five games.