Villanova 93, No. 1 Syracuse 74
SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) _ Sophomore Greg Woodard scored a career-high 27 points Saturday night as Villanova took advantage of another poor shooting night by No. 1 Syracuse, sending the Orangemen to their first loss of the season 93-74 and ending their record 15-game home winning streak.
Villanova, (9-6, 2-1 in the Big East), posted its first victory in the Carrier Dome since 1982 while registering their most decisive victory ever against the Orangemen in Syracuse.
Senior center Tom Greis added 16 points for the Wildcats, who upset Syracuse 75-73 in Philadelphia last year.
Syracuse (10-1, 1-1) trailed 67-46 with 8:25 left but used a furious full- court press in a 19-5 run that pulled the Orangemen to 72-65 with 4:17 to play. Villanova made 19 of 21 free throws over the final 4:14 to put the game away, with Woodard going 8-for-8.
Syracuse coming off a 37 percent shooting performance in a two-point victory over Pitt on Wednesday night, again struggled from the field, making just 28 percent of its shots.
Villanova built a 39-31 halftime edge and quickly pushed it to a 12-point advantage to begin the second half.
Syracuse, which was led by Stephen Thompson’s 20 points, scored off the opening tip but Marc Dowdell scored four points to put the Wildcats ahead 6-3, a lead they never relinquished despite repeated challenges by the Orangemen. Villanova used a 6-0 run to take its biggest lead of the first half 20-9 on Woodard’s 3-pointer.
The Orangemen’s last loss in the Carrier Dome was to Pitt 81-76 on Jan. 4, 1989. Villanova’s biggest previous triumph at the Carrier Dome was a 12-point victory in 1982, its last triumph here.
Woodard’s previous best was 25 points against La Salle earlier this year.