PHILADELPHIA – AJ Brodeur scored 16 points as Penn beat No. 17 Villanova 78-75 on Tuesday night, the Quakers’ first win over the Wildcats since 2002.
Penn fans stormed the court after Villanova’s Phil Booth missed the tying 3-point attempt and set off a regular-season celebration not seen in Philly in years. And with good reason – the national champion Wildcats had won a city-record 25 straight games against Big 5 rivals Temple, Saint Joseph’s, La Salle and the Quakers.
Penn’s student section started rocking the bleachers with minutes left, and the Quakers avoided a late scare and delivered the latest memorable moment at the Palestra.
Penn coach Steve Donahue, who led Cornell to the Sweet 16 in 2010, may have another blooming Ivy League power. Penn last beat Villanova at the Palestra on Dec. 5, 2001 and hadn’t beat them at all since Dec. 10, 2002.
The Wildcats hadn’t lost a city series game since Temple beat Nova 76-61 on Dec. 5, 2012.
(23) Furman 77, Charleston Southern 69
GREENVILLE, S.C. – Noah Gurley scored 17 points, Alex Hunter and Andrew Brown had 16 points apiece and Furman pulled away late to beat Charleston Southern in its first-ever home game as a Top 25 team.
The Paladins (11-0) have been one of college basketball’s biggest surprises with their school-record run to start the season – a stretch that included defeating defending national champs Villanova and a second Final Four team from last year in Loyola-Chicago.
But Furman struggled to break away from the Buccaneers (4-5) until the final nine minutes.
Charleston Southern trailed 54-52 on Dontrell Shuler’s layup with less than 10 minutes left. After that, the Paladins went on a 14-4 run to move in front. Tre Clark had four points during the surge and when Noah Gurley nailed a 3-pointer with 5:51 to go, Furman was up 68-56.
Charleston Southern could not respond, and college basketball’s feel-good story of the season remained on track.
The Paladins won despite a scoreless night from leading scorer Jordan Lyons (20.2 points per game), who missed all seven of his shots.
Matt Rafferty had 14 points and 14 rebounds for Furman.
Deontaye Buskey and Duncan LeXander had 13 points each for Charleston Southern.
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