Men's Basketball

Temple topples third-ranked 'Nova

Juan Fernandez squashed No. 3 Villanova's reign as the best team in Philadelphia one three-pointer at a time.

His early threes kept Temple close, his first one of the second half gave the Owls the lead, and his big ones late in the game helped clinched their biggest regular-season victory in nearly 10 years. By the time Temple fans bellowed "Overrated!" and stormed the court, Villanova's perfect record and city dominance were finished.

Fernandez hit seven three-pointers and scored a career-high 33 points and Ryan Brooks added 20 points in Temple's 75-65 victory over the Wildcats on Sunday.

"I've been thinking about this game all week," Fernandez said. "I know Temple didn't beat Villanova for a long time. I think we needed this win. I think we need to prove ourselves."

Fernandez led a sizzling three-point attack that stunned the Wildcats (9-1) in the second half and helped them pull away for their first win over a top-five team since beating No. 1 Cincinnati on Feb. 20, 2000. The Owls (8-2) opened the half on an 11-0 burst and grabbed the lead for good in front of their raucous fans.

The fans demanded an encore after their biggest win in Coach Fran Dunphy's four seasons, stomping the court and chanting "We Want Kansas!" in preparation for the top-ranked Jayhawks' visit on Jan. 2.

"What's it going to do for us down the line, I've got no idea," Dunphy said. "We'll figure it out later on."

The Owls beat Villanova for the first time since Dec. 4, 2004.

Xavier 83, No. 19 Cincinnati 79 (2OT): Jason Love got his 19th rebound with 9.8 seconds left and made a clinching free throw, leading Xavier to a victory over Cincinnati in a nasty and classic renewal of their crosstown rivalry.

Xavier wasted a 10-point lead in regulation, survived Lance Stephenson's off-target shot at the end of the first overtime, then pulled it out on its home court behind its lone senior.

Cincinnati has dropped three straight and 10 of the last 14 against Xavier.

There were two technicals in this one, and players from both teams yelled at each other during a timeout after Love was called for an intentional foul with 3:20 left in the first half. Coaches from both teams furiously pulled their players away so it wouldn't escalate into a brawl.

No. 7 Syracuse 75, St. Francis, N.Y. 51: Arinze Onuaku led a first-half flurry with 10 points, Wes Johnson hit two three-pointers early in the second half, and the Orange beat visiting St. Francis.

Syracuse (10-0) was coming off a victory over No. 10 Florida, the Orange's second win this season over a Top 10 team, and it took them a while to assert control over St. Francis (3-6).

Women's highlights

Louisville 88, IUPUI 58: Becky Burke had 19 points and a career-high eight rebounds to lead five Cardinals in double figures in a home victory. U of L's lone senior, Chauntise Wright, scored a season-high 18 points to go with seven rebounds. Former Henry Clay star Gwen Rucker and Nikki Burton finished with 12 points and Laura Terry finished with 11.

Keshia Hines, Ashley Rainey and Asia Taylor were suspended for the game for conduct detrimental to the team. Rainey is the Cardinals' third-leading scorer.

Coach Jeff Walz did not say why the players were suspended or when they would return. The Cards play at No. 4 Tennessee on Wednesday before their matchup against Kentucky at Memorial Coliseum on Sunday.

Morehead State 84, Detroit 71: The host Eagles made a school-record 16 three-pointers for their fourth straight victory. Senior Tiffany Hamilton led the three-point barrage with a 6-for-9 showing and a season high 20 points. Chynna Bozeman had four threes and game highs of 22 points and eight assists.

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