No. 1 KU tops No. 17 Villanova...Tennessee beats Memphis...ODU upsets Syracuse
LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) — Dedric Lawson had 28 points and 12 rebounds, Lagerald Vick scored 29, and top-ranked Kansas made enough free throws down the stretch to beat No. 17 Villanova 74-71 in a rematch of last season’s Final Four showdown won by the Wildcats. Unlike the national semifinals in April, this one came down to the wire. Devon Dotson added 11 points for the Jayhawks, including four free throws in the final 1:10 to help Kansas end a three-game losing streak to Villanova — the last two in the NCAA Tournament.
MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — Admiral Schofield scored 20 of his 29 points in the second half and added 11 rebounds as third-ranked Tennessee beat Memphis 102-92 to snap a three-game skid to the in-state rival. First-year Memphis coach Penny Hardaway remains winless against the Vols after going 0-2 when playing for the Tigers in the early 1990s.
SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) — Old Dominion overcame an 11-point second-half deficit to stun No. 25 Syracuse 68-62 on their home court. B.J. Stith scored all of his 18 points in the second half, Xavier Green had 15 points and Marquis Godwin added 11 for the Monarchs, who trailed by 13 points late in the first half and by 11 early in the second before rallying for their sixth straight victory.
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Kaleb Wesson had a career-high 20 points as No. 15 Ohio State held off a Bucknell comeback to win 73-71. Ohio State went on an 11-2 run to take an 11-point with under 10 minutes remaining, but Bucknell stormed back to within three with a 10-2 run and late 3-pointer by Avi Toomer. The Bison got the ball with 14 seconds left but a 3-point try by Bruce Moore hit the front of the rim and Ohio State survived.
ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — First baseman Justin Bour and the Angels have finalized a $2.5 million, one-year contract, giving Los Angeles depth while Albert Pujols (POO’-hohlz) recovers from surgery. Bour can earn an additional $500,000 in performance bonuses based on plate appearances under the deal announced today: $125,000 each for 350, 400, 450 and 500. The 30-year-old hit 20 homers and drove in 59 runs with the Marlins and Phillies last season. He played 112 of his 141 games with Miami before an August trade to Philadelphia.