Villanova thrives on three-pointers

• NO. 3 VILLANOVA 83, CREIGHTON 58: Kris Jenkins scored 22 points and Jalen Brunson had 16 as the Wildcats (19-3, 9-1 Big East) rolled past the visiting Bluejays on Wednesday night. Josh Hart added 13 points and nine rebounds for Villanova, which has won 11 of 12. With senior center Daniel Ochefu missing his second straight game because of a concussion, Villanova relied on its outside shooting. The Wildcats shot 16 for 29 (55 percent) from three-point range with Brunson and Jenkins each shooting 4-for-6. Maurice Watson Jr. led Creighton (14-9, 5-5) with 16 points and five assists.

• NO. 6 XAVIER 90, ST. JOHN'S 83: Trevon Bluiett had 15 points and 13 rebounds and the Musketeers (20-2, 8-2 Big East) overcame poor shooting to beat the Red Storm (7-16, 0-10) in Cincinnati. St. John's has lost 13th games in a row. Xavier reached 20 wins quicker than any team in program history.

• NO. 9 VIRGINIA 61, BOSTON COLLEGE 47: Malcolm Brogdon scored 27 points for the Cavaliers (18-4, 7-3 Atlantic Coast Conference) who beat the Eagles (7-15, 0-9) for their 16th consecutive win at home. "We did turn a corner, but I think it's important for us to keep our foot on the gas and keep pushing forward," Brogdon said. "I just took my open shots."

• NO. 17 MIAMI 79, NOTRE DAME 70: Anthony Lawrence Jr. scored a season-high 18 points on just six shots as the Hurricanes (17-4, 6-3 ACC), beat the visiting Fighting Irish (15-7, 6-4).



• NO. 17 MICHIGAN STATE 84, MICHIGAN 64: Aerial Powers scored 27 points to reach a milestone and the Spartans (17-4, 8-2 Big Ten) were perfect on 19 free throws in defeating the visiting Wolverines (12-10, 4-7). Powers was 9-for-12 shooting and now has 1,502 career points in three seasons. Branndais Agee added a career-high 20 points, making four three-pointers. Katelynn Flaherty scored 18 points to lead Michigan.


• NO. 19 SOUTH FLORIDA 82, CINCINNATI 49: Courtney Williams had 28 points — surpassing 2,000 for her career — and 15 rebounds as the Bulls (16-5, 9-2 American) dominated the visiting Bearcats (7-14, 3-7).