national roundup

Villanova's big man dominates inside

•NO. 11 VILLANOVA 72, SETON HALL 63: Daniel Ochefu had 20 points and 18 rebounds in one of the best games for a Villanova big man in years, leading the host Wildcats (13-2, 3-0 Big East) to a victory over the Pirates (12-3, 2-1) on Wednesday night. The 6-11, 245-pound forward made six of 13 shots and was 8-for-10 from the free-throw line to help Villanova win its fifth in a row. Isaiah Whitehead led Seton Hall with 20 points

•NO. 14 DUKE 91, WAKE FOREST 75: Grayson Allen scored 24 points to help the Blue Devils (13-2, 2-0 Atlantic Coast Conference) pull away in a road victory over the Demon Deacons (9-5, 0-2). Freshman Luke Kennard added 23 points, Marshall Plumlee a career-high 18. Devin Thomas had 21 points and 12 rebounds, while Codi Miller-McIntyre had a season-best 20 points for Wake Forest.

•NO. 21 TEXAS A&M 61, MISSISSIPPI ST. 60: Jalen Jones scored 11 points, including the go-ahead dunk with 20 seconds left, to lead the Aggies (12-2, 2-0 Southeastern Conference) over the host Bulldogs (7-6, 0-1). Gavin Ware had 15 points and 13 rebounds for Mississippi State. The Aggies won despite shooting 30.6 percent from the field.

•NO. 25 DAYTON 93, MASSACHUSETTS 63: Charles Cooke scored 18 points and the Flyers (12-2, 2-0 Atlantic 10) scored 26 points off turnovers to rout the visiting Minutemen (8-6, 1-1). The Flyers shot 56.7 percent from the field overall and committed only four turnovers in the first half. They held the Minutemen to 44 percent shooting and forced 16 turnovers.

•CORNELL 84, HOWARD 81: Robert Hatter scored 27 points and Desmond Fleming blocked a potential tying shot at the buzzer as the Big Red hung on to defeat the host Bison (7-9). James Daniel III, the NCAA scoring leader (29 points per game), scored 22 points for Howard, shooting 6-for-16 from the field.


•After years of playing in one of the SEC's most outdated facilities, Mississippi will host the first game in its $96.5 million new basketball arena on Thursday night. Ole Miss (10-3, 0-1 SEC) will face Alabama (9-3, 0-0). The arena — called The Pavilion at Ole Miss — replaces the 50-year-old Tad Smith Coliseum. It has a capacity of 9,500, including more than 1,700 premium seats. "It's a real game-changer for our program," Ole Miss coach Andy Kennedy said.