Men’s College Basketball
Branden Dawson had 12 points, 10 rebounds and three blocked shots to help Michigan State outlast Penn State 66-60 on Wednesday night.
Ryan Arcidiacono had 18 points and six assists, Dylan Ennis finished with 17 points and six rebounds, and No. 5 Villanova made a season-high 15 3-pointers to beat Xavier 88-75 on Wednesday night.
Chris Wilson scored 23 points and Saint Joseph’s used an early second-half run to hold off Fordham 66-55 in an Atlantic 10 Conference showdown Wednesday.
Steve Zack and Cleon Roberts led La Salle with 10 points apiece.
SMU had plenty of fans on its trip to Philadelphia. SMU coach Larry Brown coached the Philadelphia 76ers for six seasons and led them to the 2001 NBA finals. Aaron McKie, the sixth man on that team, is now a Temple assistant coach.
Tony Hicks scored 18 points on 5 of 8 shooting and dished out five assists to lead Penn to a 67-56 victory over Niagara on Tuesday night.
Robert Johnson scored 20 points Tuesday night, Troy Williams added 15 and Indiana held off hard-charging Penn State 76-73 after a potentially tying 3-pointer was waved off by the officials and confirmed by a replay review.
Saint Joseph’s (6-7, 0-2) was led by 18 points from Bembry and 15 from Aaron Brown, but lost its third straight.
Cleon Roberts scored 17 and Steve Zack had 16 points and four blocked shots for the Explorers. Jerrell Wright grabbed 13 rebounds.
Quenton DeCosey scored 15 points to help Temple hold off Tulane 64-56 on Wednesday night for its sixth straight win.
Darrun Hilliard scored 21 points and No. 8 Villanova rebounded nicely from its first defeat of the season, pulling away from No. 24 St. John’s in the second half for a 90-72 victory Tuesday night.
It was the Big Ten home opener for Penn State, which fell to 0-3 in conference play and 12-4 overall.
D.J. Newbill scored 29 points for Penn State (12-2), which had its 10-game winning streak snapped. The Big Ten’s leading scorer was 5-of-11 shooting in the second half after going 6 of 7 in the first.
Steve Zack had a season-high 17 points, nine rebounds and a career-best five assists to lead La Salle over Pennsylvania 84-67 on Tuesday night.
Fueled by six players scoring in double figures and 54 percent shooting from the field, No. 7 Villanova overcame a seven-point second-half deficit to survive an early upset scare with a 92-67 win over NJIT on Tuesday.