On January 13, the Virginia mens basketball team lost by four points to Duke. The Cavaliers have been rolling ever since.
Malcolm Brogdon had 17 points, 11 rebounds and seven assists and No. 20 Virginia won its sixth consecutive game 77-67 over Boston College.
The Cavaliers (18-5, 9-1 Atlantic Coast Conference), ranked for the first time since November, got a huge contribution from its bench as Anthony Gill and Justin Anderson each had 13 points on 5 of 9 shooting to lead a 39-point night from the reserves.
Boston College (6-16, 2-7), which fell to 1-8 on the road, was paced by Ryan Anderson’s game-high 20 points.
A look at the rest of Wednesday’s top 25 action…
No. 4 Wichita State 65, Indiana State 58
Cleanthony Early scored 19 points and Tekele Cotton added 14 points and five assists as the Shockers stayed perfect.
Wichita State (23-0, 10-0 Missouri Valley Conference) trailed just once, at 37-36 after Indiana State’s Mangisto Arop (team-high 16 points) had a personal, 7-0 run capped by a jumper 35 seconds into the second half.
Early and Cotton had all the points during a 9-0 spurt that put Wichita State up for good.
Indiana State (17-6, 8-3) didn’t quit and the Sycamores trailed just 58-56 after Dawon Cummings hit 1 of 2 free throws at the 2:02 mark. Later, Arop hit a free throw to make it a 61-58 game with 45 seconds to play, but Chadrack Luflie went 4 of 6 from the line down the stretch for the Shockers.
Indiana State, which dropped to 8-1 at home, suffered its sixth straight defeat in the series.
No. 5 San Diego State 67, Boise State 65
Dwayne Polee II’s 3-pointer with five seconds left was the game-winner for the red-hot Aztecs.
Boise State (15-8, 5-5 Mountain West Conference) had gone up 65-62 on a Derrick Marks bucket at the 1:32 mark. Xavier Thames’ 2 for 2 trip to the free throw line, part of a game-high 23 points for the guard, got San Diego State (20-1, 9-0) to within 65-64, then Marks missed two shots on the ensuing possession. After a San Diego State timeout, Polee II got the last of his nine bench points to hand the Aztecs their 19th consecutive victory.
San Diego State started the night as the nation’s leader in field goal percentage defense (36 percent), but the host Broncos made 26 of 51 field goals and led by as much as 57-43 on a 3-pointer by Thomas Bropleh with 13:45 to go in the game.
San Diego State went on an 18-2 spurt over the next 9:40 and took a 61-59 lead on Thames’ jumper with four minutes to play. Boise followed with a 6-1 run that was capped by Marks’ jumper.
The teams have played twice this season with the Aztecs winning both by a combined five points.
No. 10 Michigan 79, Nebraska 50
The Wolverines were coming off their first conference loss Sunday at Indiana, but showed no ill affects against the overmatched Cornhuskers.
Michigan (17-5, 9-1 Big 10) made half of its 52 field goal attempts and led by as much as 41 points in moving to 4-0 in the series since Nebraska (11-10, 3-6) joined the Big 10 in 2011.
Glenn Robinson III scored 23 points and Caris LeVert and reserve Zak Irvin each added 16 points for Michigan, who moved to 10-1 at home.
Shavon Shields led the visiting Cornhuskers with 13 points.
No. 13 Saint Louis 65, Saint Joseph’s 49
The Billikens kept rolling along, thanks to a balanced scoring effort. Rob Loe had 17 points and four others had at least nine points in the Atlantic 10 school’s 15th consecutive victory.
Saint Louis (21-2, 8-0) came into the game tied for 19th nationally in field goal percentage defense and eighth in scoring defense and looked the part Wednesday, holding the host Hawks to 31 percent shooting and their lowest scoring output since a 52-40 loss to Charlotte in the 2012-2013 regular season finale.
Ronald Roberts Jr. scored 19 points to lead Saint Joseph’s (15-8, 5-3), which dropped its eighth consecutive game in the series.
No. 14 Louisville 77, Houston 62
Russ Smith’s 17 points led four in double figures for Louisville, which won its fifth straight road game.
Luke Hancock and Montrezl Harrell had 15 points apiece and Chris Jones added 14, part of the Cardinals’ 55 percent shooting day. In two wins over Houston this season, Louisville (19-4, 8-2 American Athletic Conference) has hit 53 percent of its shots and won by an average margin of 27 points.
The host Cougars (11-12, 3-7), who lost their fifth straight game, TaShawn Thomas and reserve Jherrod Stiggers scored 14 points each.
West Virginia 91, No. 21 Oklahoma 86 (OT)
Eron Harris’ second 3-pointer of the extra session put the host Mountaineers up to stay. Jordan Woodard (team-high 23 points) hit a jumper to get Oklahoma (17-6, 6-4 Big 12) to within 87-86 with 1 1/2 minutes to go, but the visitors didn’t score again.
Harris, who had 28 points, was also the hero at the end of regulation, hitting a 3-pointer with 24 seconds remaining that tied the game at 81-81. Isaiah Cousins followed by missing a potential winning shot from three-point range.
Juwan Staten added 20 points and 10 rebounds for West Virginia (14-9, 6-4). It was the eighth time that Oklahoma, ranked 309th in the country in scoring defense, had allowed at least 85 points.
No. 23 Gonzaga 71, Portland 66
The Zags blew a 22-point lead, but still hung on to extend a winning streak.
Gonzaga (21-3, 11-1 West Coast Conference) held a 35-13 first-half advantage, but the visitors scored 31 of the first 42 points of the second half to take a 54-51 lead on Bryce Pressley’s 3-pointer with 6:52 to go in the game. It was a 56-52 game when Gonzaga’s 14-4 run made it 66-60 at the 1:41 mark.
Ryan Nichols had game-highs in points (15) and rebounds (15) for Portland (13-11, 5-7). David Stockton, Kevin Pangos and reserve Angel Nunez all had 13 points for the Zags, winners for the seventh consecutive time.
No. 25 Pittsburgh 59, Miami 55 (OT)
Lamar Patterson had 10 points in overtime, including a lay up with 2:27 to play that gave the Panthers the lead for good.
Miami (11-11, 2-7 Atlantic Coast Conference) got to within 56-55 on a bucket by Rion Brown with 17 seconds left. After Patterson made 1 of 2 free throws, he stole the ball from Brown at the other end and made two more from the charity stripe to seal the win.
Patterson, who finished with a game-high 25 points, converted a lay up with 15 seconds to go in regulation that put Pittsburgh (19-4, 7-3) up 46-45. With seven seconds to play, Manu Lecomte was fouled, but made just 1 of 2 from the line to tie the game and Pittsburgh’s Cameron Wright missed a potential game-winning 3-pointer at the buzzer.
Pittsburgh overcame a poor shooting night (33 percent from the field) to snap a two-game losing streak. Miami, which fell to 0-5 at home against league foes, wasn’t much better from the field (34 percent).