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Villanova wins battle of the 3s
By wire services
Published January 31, 2006
PHILADELPHIA - There was one thing everybody wanted to talk about after No.4 Villanova's 79-73 victory over Louisville on Monday night.
It wasn't that the Wildcats (16-2, 7-1) matched their best Big East start. It wasn't that the Cardinals dropped to 2-6 in their first season in the conference.
The topic of conversation was a six-minute stretch in the first half when 3-pointers were as abundant in the Wachovia Center as mustard-covered pretzels.
"It was fun for us. For Louisville to be hitting 3s like that, it wasn't that fun," said Allan Ray, who matched his season high with 26 points. "For us to be hitting it, it felt pretty good."
In a span of 5:54, Villanova made seven 3s and the Cardinals five. Nine of the shots accounted for a lead change.
Villanova coach Jay Wright seemed disappointed and impressed.
"We're pretty defensive-minded, and when you look at Louisville's shooting percentage (43.2) and the 3s they hit, you feel terrible about how you played," he said. "Then you look that we had 14 3s and that's unbelievable."
FSU: Junior forward Al Thornton, the team's leading scorer and rebounder, received encouraging news: An MRI exam showed he only bruised his left knee in Sunday's double-overtime loss to Miami. Coach Leonard Hamilton said he's hopeful his star will be available Wednesday against visiting Clemson.
--BRIAN LANDMAN, Times staff writer
AP POLL: Northern Iowa is ranked for the first time, entering at No.25. Michigan moved in at No.21, its first appearance since the final poll of 1997-98. Florida dropped from fifth to eighth after losing to South Carolina. Iowa entered at 23rd and LSU at 24th. Maryland, Louisville, Wisconsin and Syracuse fell out.
NO.20 OHIO ST. 95, FAMU 53: J.J. Sullinger matched his career high with 24 points, 19 in the first half, and the host Buckeyes (15-3) improved to 11-0 against nonconference teams.
CAMPBELL 91, JU 77: MauriceLatham had 26 points and 14 rebounds as the host Fighting Camels (8-12, 7-6 Atlantic Sun) rallied.
GARDNER-WEBB 69, N.FLA. 68: Brian Bender hit a 30-foot basket as the buzzer sounded for the host Bulldogs (11-9, 8-5 A-Sun).
STETSON 80, KENNESAW ST. 68: E.J. Gordon scored 20 and Kris Thomas a career-high 15 for the visiting Hatters (4-16, 4-8 A-Sun).
DELAWARE ST. 68, B-CC 58: Tracey Worley came off the bench to score 20 for the host Hornets (11-10, 9-0 MEAC).
TAMPA 73, ECKERD 72: Mark Borders had 25 points with 11 assists for the host Spartans (15-5, 6-3 Sunshine State). Tritons junior guard Andre King-Holland was named SSC player of the week after averaging 19.5 points and 11 rebounds in two wins.
KANSAS 86, TEXAS TECH 52: Freshman Brandon Rush had his third double double with 24 points and 11 rebounds, and the host Jayhawks (14-6, 5-2 Big 12) won their fourth in a row.
NO.3 LSU 88, NO.10 BAYLOR 57: Seimone Augustus scored 29, and the host Tigers (18-1) scored their fourth most this season in a rematch of an NCAA semifinal game.
NO.23 BC 75, NO.24 N.C. STATE 66: Aja Parham scored a career-high 24 and had 11 rebounds to lead the visiting Eagles (15-6, 2-4 ACC).
TAMPA 85, ECKERD 56: Shaneisha Walton had 22 points, 11 rebounds and five blocks to lead the host Spartans (15-5, 7-2).