• Arizona tops Stanford; Villanova beats Marquette
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     | March 03,2014
     
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    Villanova’s Darrun Hilliard lines up for a free throw during Sunday’s game against Marquette in Philadelphia.

    TUCSON, Ariz. — Aaron Gordon, almost certainly playing his final home game of a one-and-done freshman season, scored 19 points and grabbed a career-high 15 rebounds to help No. 3 Arizona clinch the Pac-12 regular-season title with a 79-66 victory over Stanford on Sunday night.

    The Wildcats (27-2, 14-2), who won by just three at Stanford a month ago, completed an unbeaten home season in what also could have been the final McKale Center game for two other players: junior Nick Johnson and freshman Rondae Hollis-Jefferson.

    T.J. McConnell scored 14 points, Gabe York 12, Johnson 11 and Kaleb Tarczewski 10 for Arizona. Josh Huestis matched his career high with 22 points and grabbed 12 rebounds for Stanford (18-10, 9-7).

    No. 8 VILLANOVA 73, MARQUETTE 56

    PHILADELPHIA — Darrun Hilliard scored a career-high 26 points and Villanova set a school record for regular-season wins by beating Marquette.

    Josh Hart added 13 points and JayVaughn Pinkston had 11 points and seven rebounds for the Wildcats (26-3, 14-2 Big East), which has won four straight and 10 of 11. The Wildcats had never won 26 regular-season games in the 95-year history of the program. Villanova won 25 games four previous times, most recently in 2008-09, a season it reached the Final Four.

    Deonte Burton scored 13 points for Marquette (17-12, 9-7) and Todd Mayo finished with 11 points and five rebounds.

    Hilliard, who had 18 points in first half, had his previous career high of 25 points in an upset win over Syracuse last season.

    Villanova finished 12 of 29 from the field while Marquette was 4 for 15.

    No. 14 WISCONSIN 71, PENN ST. 66

    STATE COLLEGE, Pa. — Josh Gasser scored 15 points to lead a balanced Wisconsin offense and the Badgers won their seventh straight.

    Wisconsin (24-5, 11-5 Big Ten) held onto third place in the Big Ten as Ben Brust scored 14 points and Traevon Jackson, who made four clutch free throws down the stretch, added 13.

    D.J. Newbill had 23 points for Penn State (14-15, 5-11), which dropped to 2-5 against ranked teams this season. The redshirt junior became Penn State’s 31st career 1,000-point scorer. He leads the Big Ten this season with 178 field goals.

    Tim Frazier and Ross Travis scored 10 points each for Penn State, which is 4-7 in games decided by five points or fewer.

    The Nittany Lions closed within 66-64 with 18 seconds left but was forced to foul. Jackson went 4 for 4 from the line during the closing seconds and Gasser was 2 for 2.

    The Badgers were 8 for 24 from 3-point range and held Penn State to 1-for-13 shooting from behind the arc. Penn State outrebounded the Badgers 34-28.

    No. 20 IOWA 83, PURDUE 76

    IOWA CITY, Iowa — Roy Devyn Marble scored 21 points and Iowa snapped a three-game losing streak.

    Aaron White and Mike Gesell added 15 points each for the Hawkeyes (20-9, 9-7 Big Ten), who have recorded consecutive 20-win seasons for the first time in eight years.

    Iowa blew a 13-point halftime lead, but an 8-0 run put the Hawkeyes back ahead 68-64 with 5:56 left. Gesell then hit five free throws in the final 41 seconds to help the Hawkeyes narrowly avoid losing their fourth home game in five tries.

    Rapheal Davis scored a career-high 18 points and A.J. Hammons had 16 points with 14 rebounds for Purdue (15-14, 5-11), which is on its second four-game losing streak in conference play.

    INDIANA 72, No. 22 OHIO ST. 64

    BLOOMINGTON, Ind. — Kevin “Yogi” Ferrell scored 20 points and Will Sheehey added 19 for Indiana.

    It was the second straight win for the Hoosiers (17-12, 7-9 Big Ten) — both over ranked teams in the last four days.

    LaQuinton Ross and Lenzelle Smith Jr. had 19 points each for the Buckeyes (22-8, 9-8) who lost their second straight — both road games against teams in the bottom half of the conference race.

    The Hoosiers were without freshman Noah Vonleh, the conference’s leading rebounder, because of an injured foot.

    Indiana closed the half on a 21-5 run to take a 33-25 lead, fended off two second-half charges from Ohio State and sealed it from the free throw line in the final minute.

    No. 25 NEW MEXICO 72, NEVADA 58

    RENO, Nev. — Cameron Bairstow scored 22 points as New Mexico overcame an early 14-point deficit to win its fifth straight.

    Kendall Williams added 11 points and 10 assists and Alex Kirk had 10 points and 11 rebounds for the Lobos (24-5, 14-2 Mountain West), who remain tied for first place in the Mountain West Conference with No. 13 San Diego State.

    Deonte Burton and Cole Huff had 15 points each for the Wolf Pack, who held a 31-17 lead but were outscored 10-0 over the last 4:28 of the first half. Huff’s baseline jumper tied the game at 49-all with 9:04 remaining but Cullen Neal followed a 3-pointer with two free throws and Hugh Greenwood made his first 3-pointer to give the Lobos a 57-49 lead with 6:41 left.

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