Figueroa also added four steals for St. John's
(19-7, 7-6 Big East), which also got 19 points from Mustapha
Heron and 13 from Justin Simon. Star guard Shamorie Ponds, who
entered the day averaging 28.7 points per game over the last two
seasons against the Wildcats, made only 2 of 14 shots from the
field and was held to 11 points.
However, the Red Storm also kept both of Villanova's senior
stars in check. Phil Booth hit just 2 of 11 shots from the floor
and scored 13 points, while Eric Paschall converted only 2 of 11
attempts and finished with 11, although he added 14 rebounds and
four assists. Joe Cremo led the Wildcats with 14 points, and
Saddiq Bey tallied 11.
Figueroa's 3-pointer with 3:52 left in the game gave St. John's
a 58-57 lead. The Wildcats (20-6, 11-2) went scoreless for 3:50
while the Red Storm rattled off eight straight points. St.
John's canned 12 consecutive foul shots in the last 1:24 to seal
No. 9 Houston 85, Tulane 50
Corey Davis Jr. tied a career high with 26 points, and the
Cougars opened the second half with a 39-10 blitz and routed
Tulane in an American Athletic Conference mismatch at New
Davis went 8 of 11 from the 3-point line for the Cougars (25-1,
12-1 American), who sank 17 of 35 attempts from behind the
3-point arc, including 9 of their first 11 in the second half.
Armoni Brooks scored 24, sinking 6 of 8 treys.
Caleb Daniels paced the Green Wave (4-20, 0-12), who have lost
14 consecutive games, with 13 points. Samir Sehic was good for
12. Tulane converted only 32.1 percent from the field and
allowed a whopping 26 fast-break points while scoring just two.
No. 11 Michigan State 62, Ohio State 44
The Spartans, short-handed because of foul trouble and an
injury, still closed the game with an 18-2 run over the final
7:40 to blow out Ohio State at East Lansing, Mich., and remain
tied for first place in the Big Ten.
Nick Ward was on the bench in the second half with an injured
left wrist, and Xavier Tillman and Cassius Winston had four and
three fouls, respectively, but the Spartans (21-5, 12-3 Big 10)
still made their run. Matt McQuaid, who led the team with 14
points, hit a 3-pointer to cap a 10-0 burst as Michigan took a
Winston added 13 points and eight assists, and Kenny Goins
chipped in 10 points and 10 rebounds for the Spartans. Kaleb
Wesson scored 12 points, the only player for the Buckeyes (16-9,
6-8) in double figures, and added nine rebounds. Andre Wesson
added eight rebounds.
--Field Level Media
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