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Top 25 Capsules: Mikal Bridges leads top-ranked Villanova in 95-71 rout of Hofstra

Villanova forward Dhamir Cosby-Roundtree (21) reacts after dunking on Hofstra during the first half on Friday, Dec. 22, 2017, in Uniondale, N.Y. Villanova won 95-71. (Julio Cortez / AP)
Villanova forward Dhamir Cosby-Roundtree (21) reacts after dunking on Hofstra during the first half on Friday, Dec. 22, 2017, in Uniondale, N.Y. Villanova won 95-71. (Julio Cortez / AP)
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Mikal Bridges scored 20 points and No. 1 Villanova remained unbeaten with a 95-71 rout of Hofstra on Friday night at the Nassau Coliseum in Uniondale, New York.

Bridges was one of five players in double figures for Villanova (12-0).

Omari Spellman had 19 points in 31 minutes, Phil Booth finished with 17, Donte DiVincenzo had 16 and Jalen Brunson added 14 points.

The win marked the fifth time this season that Villanova has scored at least 90 points in a game. The Wildcats’ season high for points scored is 113 on Nov. 14 against Nicholls State.

Justin Wright-Foreman had 25 points for the Pride (7-5), who have lost two straight.

No. 3 Arizona State 104, Pacific 65: Shannon Evans II scored 21 points and Tra Holder added 19 as Arizona State dominated from the start in Tempe, Arizona.

The Sun Devils (12-0) have been plagued by slow starts in recent games, needing to turn on their guard-driven firepower to pull away from opponents.

Arizona State jumped on Pacific (5-8) early and didn’t let the Tigers up, building a 10-point lead in the opening minutes and expanding it from there to extend the best start in school history.

Miles Reynolds and Jack Williams had 13 points each to lead Pacific, which went 3 for 17 from the 3-point arc.

No. 9 Xavier 77, Northern Iowa 67: J.P. Macura scored 15 points and Xavier hung on for its seventh straight win in Cedar Falls, Iowa.

Trevon Bluiett scored 12 points with seven rebounds for the Musketeers (12-1), who went on an 11-2 run down the stretch, highlighted by a 3 by Bluiett, to break open a tie game.

Macura’s breakaway dunk and 3 in the final 95 seconds left sealed it for Xavier, which shot 12 of 23 from 3-point range.

Bennett Koch had 26 points for the Panthers (8-4).

No. 11 Wichita State 75, Florida Gulf Coast 65: Landry Shamet scored 23 points for Wichita State in Wichita, Kansas.

Shamet was 8 of 12 from the field while the rest of his team went 14 of 44.

Darral Willis finished with 15 points and 13 rebounds for Wichita State (10-2).

Brandon Goodwin scored 20 points to lead Florida Gulf Coast (7-7), and Zach Johnson had 19. Goodwin and Johnson were a combined 15 of 38 from the field.

Among the most notable developments was the season debut of Markis McDuffie, a 6-foot-8 junior who led the Shockers in scoring and rebounding last season. McDuffie missed the first 11 games recovering from a stress fracture in his left foot that required surgery.

McDuffie, who returned to practice this week, had three points and four rebounds in 9 minutes.

No. 13 Virginia 82, Hampton 48: Kyle Guy had 15 points, DeAndre Hunter had 14 and Ty Jerome added 10 for Virginia in Charlottesville, Virginia.

The Cavaliers (11-1) held Hampton to 20.6 percent from the field in the second half and bounced back from a cold start on the offensive end. They trailed for 8 minutes in the first half before 3-pointers from Jerome and Nigel Johnson, along with a dunk by Isaiah Wilkins, pulled them even. From there, they went on a 34-10 run wrapped around the halftime break to take control.

Virginia shot 51.5 percent in the second half and outscored Hampton (5-9) 34-10 in the paint.

Jermaine Marrow led Hampton with 11 points.

No. 15 TCU 86, William & Mary 75: Alex Robinson scored a season-high 23 points and TCU set a school record with its nation-leading 17th consecutive win.

Jaylen Fisher had 17 of his career-high 21 points in the second half to send TCU (12-0) into conference play unbeaten for the second time in four seasons. The winning streak includes the last five games of last season, when the Horned Frogs won the NIT championship.

TCU broke the previous school record of 16 straight wins under Billy Tubbs in 1997-98, the last time they made the NCAA Tournament.

Matt Milon was 6 of 11 from long range and scored 22 points for the Tribe.

No. 17 Oklahoma 104, Northwestern 78: Trae Young had 31 points and 12 assists for Oklahoma at Norman, Oklahoma.

Young, the nation’s leader in scoring and assists, tied an NCAA record with 22 assists in a 105-68 victory over Northwestern State on Tuesday night. He followed it up by making 9 of 16 shots, including 8 of 13 3-point attempts. He became the first Oklahoma player since Stacey King in 1988-89 to post at least 10 straight games with 20 or more points.

Christian James matched a career high with 19 points and Brady Manek and Jamuni McNeace each added 11 for the Sooners (10-1), who won their eighth straight. The Sooners have scored at least 90 points in eight of their 11 games.

Dererk Pardon had 17 points and nine rebounds for Northwestern (9-5), which had won four straight.

No. 21 Texas Tech 74, Abilene Christian 47: Zach Smith scored 16 points in his first game since not getting to start because of a violation of team rules for Texas Tech.

Texas Tech (11-1) won its fifth straight game and extended its nonconference home winning streak to 38 games, holding the Wildcats to 17 percent shooting (5 of 31) in the first half and 30 percent overall.

Zhaire Smith scored 14 points and Keenan Evans and Justin Gray had 11 apiece in the first meeting between the West Texas schools since Dec. 2, 1957, also in Lubbock. The Red Raiders have won 11 straight in the series, a streak that dates to 1938.

Tevin Foster and Hayden Howell scored nine points each for the Wildcats (8-5), who played their first ranked opponent in 33 years.

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