INDIANAPOLIS – Kethan Savage scored five of his 13 points during a decisive seven-point run late to give No. 18 Butler a 66-58 victory over No. 1 Villanova on Wednesday night, ending the Wildcats’ 20-game winning streak.
Butler (13-2, 2-1 Big East) improved to 4-0 against ranked opponents this season and extended its home-court winning streak to 12 games, beating a top-ranked team for the second time in school history.
The Bulldogs did it by upending the defending national champions and stopping the longest winning streak in Villanova history.
Jalen Brunson had 23 points and Josh Hart scored 13 on a rugged shooting night for the Wildcats (14-1, 2-1), beaten for the first time since a 69-67 loss to Seton Hall in the Big East championship game last March.
From there, the Wildcats won all six games in the 2016 NCAA Tournament before opening 14-0 this season to build the longest active winning streak in the country.
Villanova’s loss left No. 2 Baylor and No. 5 Gonzaga as the only undefeated teams in Division I.
Butler’s other victory over a top-ranked team came in 2012 against Indiana.
No. 2 Baylor 65, Iowa State 63
WACO, Texas – Manu Lecomte made a short, high-arcing jumper over a taller defender with 8 seconds left and Baylor edged Iowa State in its Big 12 home opener.
After a timeout, the Bears (14-0, 2-0) came out and the Miami transfer made a move around the left side and then shot over Matt Thomas, who at 6-foot-5 is 6 inches taller than the guard.
Iowa State (9-4, 1-1) had one more chance after a timeout, but Monte Morris’ baseline jumper was no good as time expired.
Baylor was playing with its highest ranking ever, and fans chanted “No. 1 !, No. 1!” when the game ended. Baylor has never been ranked No. 1.
Jo Lual-Acuil had 15 points for the Bears while Johnathan Motley had 13 points and 12 rebounds.
Nazareth Mitrou-Long led Iowa State with 17 points and Morris had 12.
No. 8 Duke 110, Georgia Tech 57
DURHAM, N.C. – Grayson Allen had 15 points and seven assists in his return from a one-game suspension for tripping an opponent, and Duke routed Georgia Tech in coach Mike Krzyzewski’s final game before leaving the team to have back surgery.
Jayson Tatum scored 19 points to lead the Blue Devils (13-2, 1-1 Atlantic Coast Conference), who had seven double-figure scorers in arguably their most complete performance of the season.
Still, it was largely overshadowed by a pair of subplots: Allen’s quick return from what was an indefinite suspension for tripping an Elon player Dec. 21, and Krzyzewski’s upcoming leave of absence that’s expected to last a few weeks.
Luke Kennard finished with 16 points, Frank Jackson added 15 and Harry Giles had 10 points and 12 rebounds for Duke.
Justin Moore was one of three players with 11 points for the Yellow Jackets (9-5, 1-1).
Krzyzewski will have surgery Friday to remove a fragment of a herniated disk from his lower back. The Blue Devils expect him back in roughly four weeks and they will put associate head coach Jeff Capel in charge until he returns.
No. 23 Notre Dame 77, No. 9 Louisville 70
SOUTH BEND, Ind. – Steve Vasturia scored a career-high 24 points to lead Notre Dame over Louisville.
Matt Farrell tied his career high with 22 points for the Irish (13-2, 2-0 ACC), who have won four straight overall and six in a row at home against Louisville. The Cardinals (12-3, 0-2) have not won in Purcell Pavilion since 1994.
Bonzie Colson had his ninth double-double of the season for Notre Dame, finishing with 18 points and 14 rebounds.
Donovan Mitchell scored 20 points to lead Louisville. He added five steals to go with five assists and four rebounds.
No. 10 Creighton 85, St. John’s 72
NEW YORK – Freshman 7-footer Justin Patton scored a season-high 25 points and grabbed nine rebounds as Creighton bounced back from its first loss of the season with a victory over St. John’s, snapping the Red Storm’s three-game winning streak.
The Bluejays (14-1, 2-1 Big East) lost to No. 1 Villanova on New Year’s Eve, ending their 13-game winning streak – the school’s longest since 1942-43.
Patton led Creighton’s huge advantage over St. John’s in points in the paint, 52-24.
Marcus LoVett had 23 points to lead the Red Storm (8-8, 2-1).
Maurice Watson Jr. scored 19 points for Creighton, and Marcus Foster added 15.
Pittsburgh 88, No. 11 Virginia 76, OT
PITTSBURGH – Jamel Artis scored 24 points, Michael Young added 19 and Sheldon Jeter hit a pair of 3-pointers in overtime to lift Pittsburgh over Virginia.
Jeter and Cam Johnson finished with 16 points each as the Panthers (12-3, 1-1 ACC) pulled away in the extra session after Virginia’s London Perrantes hit a deep 3-pointer with 2.4 seconds left in regulation to tie it.
The Panthers made 13 of 21 3-pointers and shot 29 of 53 (54 percent) from the floor. Virginia began the night second in the country in field goal defense, allowing opponents to shoot just 35 percent.
Perrantes led the Cavaliers (11-3, 1-2) with 16 points, but Virginia was no match for Pitt in overtime. The Cavaliers have lost two straight for the first time since early last January.
No. 15 Oregon 83, Washington 61
SEATTLE – Tyler Dorsey made eight 3-pointers and finished with 28 points, and Oregon overcame foul trouble to pull away from Washington in the second half.
Playing in an opponent’s gym for only the second time this season, the Ducks shook off foul problems for its two leading scorers – Dillon Brooks and Chris Boucher – to easily take care of the Huskies. Oregon (14-2, 3-0 Pac-12) was 14 of 26 on 3-pointers, led by Dorsey going 8 of 12.
The sophomore set a career high with the eight 3s, the most for an Oregon player since Tajuan Porter set the school record with 10 in 2006 against Portland State. Dorsey finished one point off his career high of 29 set earlier this season against Savannah State.
Markelle Fultz led Washington (7-7, 0-2) with 22 points.
N.C. State 104, No. 21 Virginia Tech 78
RALEIGH, N.C. – Freshman guard Dennis Smith Jr. had 27 points, 11 assists and 11 rebounds for the second triple-double in program history, and North Carolina State rode a dominant first-half performance to a victory over Virginia Tech.
The Wolfpack (12-3, 1-1 Atlantic Coast Conference) quickly put on a pedal-to-the-floor show of hot shooting and sharp execution through those first 20 minutes. N.C. State shot nearly 70 percent (23 of 33) and led 55-30 by halftime on the way to the school’s first 100-point outing since 2004.
Ahmed Hill scored 17 points for Virginia Tech (12-2, 1-1), which was coming off a home win against then-No. 5 Duke that pushed the Hokies into the AP Top 25 for the first time since November 2010. But just about everything went wrong Wednesday, down to 6-foot-10 freshman starter Khadim Sy sitting out after rolling an ankle during the afternoon shootaround.
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