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.
Michigan State 66, Xavier 53 - Allyssa DeHaan had 22 points and 13 rebounds to help the No. 21 Spartans (6-3) defeated eighth-ranked Xavier (7-1) in East Lansing, Mich.