Dion Waiters scored 20 points and No. 1 Syracuse remained undefeated with a 79-66 win over host Villanova on Wednesday night.
James Southerland added 15 points for the balanced Orange, who are 18-0 for the second straight season. The Orange (5-0 Big East) used a 20-2 run to dominate the struggling Wildcats.
Villanova (8-9, 1-4) lost for the fourth time in five games and has put its streak of seven straight NCAA Tournaments in serious jeopardy. Mouphtaou Yarou had 12 points and 12 rebounds for the Wildcats.
The Orange had this win wrapped up by halftime, even as their starting five accounted for only 18 points. Yet, the Orange held a 19-point lead because Waiters, the top reserve in the Big East, had his way with the Wildcats, hitting a pair of three-pointers and scoring 14 points.
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Mississippi 71, Arkansas 63: Murphy Holloway scored 19 points and grabbed 14 rebounds in his first game back from a sprained ankle and Mississippi beat visiting Arkansas.
Ole Miss (11-5, 1-1 Southeastern Conference) won for just the second time in six games, coming up with a much-needed victory after a blowout loss to LSU in its league opener.
Nick Williams added 18 points as the Rebels won the rebounding battle 48-26 and shot 50 percent from the field. Ole Miss led by as many as 13 points in the second half.
The loss snapped the Razorbacks' (12-4) seven-game winning streak.
Tennessee State 77, Morehead 72: Kenny Moore scored a career-high 30 points, including hitting 7 of 9 from long range, to lead Tennessee State over visiting Morehead.
Kharon Butcher added 12 points and Jay Harris 11 for the Tigers.
Ty Proffitt scored 19 points to lead the Eagles (8-10, 2-3).
Thomas More 70, Waynesburg 62: Junior forward Phil Feinberg and sophomore guard Cameron Clemons each scored 17 points to lead host Thomas More, which improved to 10-5 overall and 5-2 in the Presidents Athletic Conference. Feinberg had 10 rebounds for the Saints, who had an 18-8 run in the second half.
Milligan 84, Union 72: Tyler DeVault scored a game-high 24 points as the Buffaloes pulled away down the stretch to beat visiting Union.
Union was led by Ryan Young, who had 18 points on 7-of-9 shooting with four assists.
Hanover 71, Transylvania 55: Host Hanover (10-3) got 14 points from Alicia Hopkins and 13 points and eight rebounds from Courtney Prater.
Transylvania (5-9) got 17 points and six rebounds from Nicole Coffman.
The winners, who built a 45-24 lead at halftime, outshot the Pioneers 38 percent to 27 percent.
Thomas More 74, Waynesburg 58: Junior guard Allison Long scored 15 points to lead host Thomas More College in a battle for first place in the PAC.
With the win, the Saints improved to 11-3 overall and 7-0 in the PAC to take over sole possession of first place. The Yellow Jackets fell to 11-3 overall and 6-1 in the PAC.
Waynesburg had a big early lead, but the Saints pulled within two at halftime and had a 30-9 run in the second half.
Milligan 53, Union 49: A 13-4 rally to close the game sent host Milligan past No. 19 Union in Appalachian Athletic Conference action on Wednesday.
The loss is the Lady Bulldogs' third in their last four games. Lindsey Waters paced Union with 25 points.
North Texas 50, Western Kentucky 42: Host North Texas finished 7-for-15 from the three-point line as the Mean Green beat Western Kentucky.