James Bell hit six 3-pointers and scored 27 points and Darrun Hilliard had 17 to lead No. 6 Villanova to an 81-58 win over Xavier on Monday night.
Langston Galloway hit two free throws with 1.4 seconds left to lead Saint Joseph’s past Xavier 58-57 on Thursday night in the first round of the Atlantic 10 tournament.
Another double-digit lead was slipping away. Point guard Dee Davis was at a hospital getting X-rays. Xavier appeared to be headed for another glum ending.
The Temple Owls jump into Atlantic 10 play tonight as they travel to Cincinnati, Ohio, to take on an Xavier.
Semaj Christon scored a season-high 23 points on 10-of-14 shooting, helping Xavier bounce back from a tough loss with a 69-65 victory over Drexel on Friday in the DirecTV Classic consolation bracket.
Temple on the verge of a Top 25 national ranking.
After opening Atlantic-10 play on Wednesday night with an impressive win over Xavier, the La Salle Explorers will host another top conference team on Sunday afternoon as they welcome UMass to Gola Arena.