Freshman John Wall scored 25 points, including 12 of Kentucky's last 15 in the game, as the No. 4 Wildcats beat No. 14 Connecticut, 64-61, last night in the SEC/Big East Invitational in New York City.
Wall lived up to his billing in his first appearance at Madison Square Garden, overcoming first-half foul trouble and dominating the game over the final 71/2 minutes.
The Wildcats (9-0) moved John Calipari closer to one of the icons at the school that has more wins, 1,996, than any other program. The only coach to have a better start to his career at Kentucky was Adolph Rupp, who started 10-0 in 1931.
Jerome Dyson had 17 points for the Huskies (6-2).
Wisconsin-Green Bay 88, Wisconsin 84 - Bryquis Perine scored 22 points, and Troy Cotton hit a key three-pointer as Wisconsin-Green Bay (9-2) beat the No. 20 Badgers (6-2) in overtime in Green Bay.
Rahmon Fletcher added 18 points for the Phoenix, who held off a second-half surge by the Badgers and took control in overtime.
Kansas 99, Radford 64 - Cole Aldrich had 15 points and nine rebounds as the No. 1 Jayhawks (8-0) survived a threat from burly center Art Parakhouski (21 points) and the Highlanders (4-3) in Lawrence, Kan.
Rutgers 66, Monmouth 52 - Fill-in center Hamady Ndiaye collected 22 points and 10 rebounds and tied a career-high with 8 blocks in helping Rutgers (6-2) top Monmouth (2-7) in Piscataway, N.J.
Elsewhere: Kevin Jones scored 16 points as No. 6 West Virginia manhandled Duquesne, 68-39, in Morgantown, W. Va. . . . JaJuan Johnson and E'Twaun Moore each scored 19 points to help No. 5 Purdue triumph over Valparaiso, 86-62, in West Lafayette, Ind. . . . No. 21 Gonzaga bounced back from a loss to Wake Forest with a 79-40 rout of Augustana in Spokane, Wash.
A late 9-0 run helped Utah beat Michigan, 68-52, in Salt Lake City. . . . Jeremy Lin scored 25 points and Keith Wright had 21 to lead Harvard to a 74-67 victory over Boston College - the Crimson's second straight win over BC in Boston. . . . Sharaud Curry scored 16 points and dished out 13 assists as Providence beat George Washington, 110-97, in Washington. . . . Notre Dame took command early on its way to an easy 93-70 triumph over IUPUI in South Bend, Ind.
Jawan Carter scored 7 of his 12 points in the final 44 seconds and Josh Brinkley came off the bench to score 13 points as Delaware held off Hampton, 55-52, in Newark, Del. . . . Halil Kanacevic scored 11 points off the bench, including five in a row late in the second half, as Hofstra defeated Manhattan, 44-39, in Hempstead, N.Y. . . . Sterling High graduate Jack Brennan had 22 points as Widener topped Gwynedd-Mercy, 75-69, in Gwynedd Valley, Pa.
Villanova 56, St. Joseph's 42 - The Wildcats (5-2, 2-0 Big Five) beat the Hawks (3-6, 0-1) at the Pavilion in their annual City Series showdown.
Villanova's Laura Sweeney scored 15 points.
St. Joseph's Brittany Ford, Amy Gillespie, and Mariame Djouara each scored 10.