Seton Hall halts streak of No. 15 St. John's
•STOP RIGHT THERE: Sterling Gibbs had 25 points and eight assists to lead host Seton Hall over No. 15 St. John's 78-67 in the Big East opener for both teams. Jaren Sina added 14 points for the Pirates (11-2, 1-0) in their first victory over a ranked opponent since stunning No. 3 Villanova in the conference tournament last March. The Red Storm (11-2, 0-1) had won seven straight since their only previous loss, 73-66 to then-No. 10 Gonzaga in late November.
• HOIBERG REACHES 100: Former Timberwolves guard and current Iowa State head coach Fred Hoiberg earned his 100th career win, becoming the fastest to reach the mark in program history, with his No. 9 Cyclones dismantling of visiting Mississippi Valley State 83-33. "Not really, I guess," the fourth-year coach said when asked if the milestone was special. "Hopefully we get 101 the next time out."
• JONES AIDS DUKE BLOWOUT: Former Apple Valley guard Tyus Jones led the No. 2 Blue Devils in assists (five) and steals (four) while scoring five points on 2-for-4 shooting with six rebounds in an 84-55 win over visiting Wofford. The win was Duke's 116th straight at Cameron Indoor Stadium vs. a non-ACC foe.
• VILLANOVA MATCHES BEST START: The Wildcats improved to 13-0 with their 67-55 win over visiting Butler in their Big East opener. It's the first time the program has reached this plateau since the 1937-38 season. That team lost its 14th game of the season to Westminster College. Jay Wright's squad will try for No. 14 at Seton Hall on Saturday. "Anything we do to match bests in this program means the world to me," Wright said. "Us compared to other programs, I'm not as interested in. To match that, means a lot to us."
• UCONN STAR INJURED: Guard Ryan Boatright left the 57-53 OT loss to visiting Temple after suffering a deep bruise to his left thigh late in the first half. He tried to start the second but hobbled off the court after the first Temple possession.