Texas upsets Villanova with strong defense


Published: Sunday, January 15, 2006 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Sunday, January 15, 2006 at 12:00 a.m.
AUSTIN, Texas - LaMarcus Aldridge scored 15 of his 19 points in the second half and No. 8 Texas smothered No. 3 Villanova with its best defensive game of the year in a 58-55 win on Saturday.
Aldridge scored eight points in the final 4 minutes, including two free throws with 8.3 seconds left that gave Texas a three-point lead. Daniel Gibson hit two more free throws with 3.9 seconds left before Villanova's Randy Foye bounced a running 3-pointer wide left off the backboard.
Kenton Paulino added 13 points for Texas (14-2) which has won six straight since a mid-December slump, including two wins over Top 10 opponents.
Foye, Kyle Lowry and Allan Ray each scored 13 points for Villanova (11-2), which was 7-of-30 from 3-point range after coming in shooting 43 percent from beyond the arc.
  • NO. 4 CONNECTICUT 74, GEORGETOWN 67: Hilton Armstrong had 19 points - his sixth straight game scoring in double figures - and six blocked shots for Connecticut at home.
  • NO. 7 ILLINOIS 79, MICHIGAN 74: Dee Brown scored 26 points and James Augustine added 23 and host Illinois withstood a second-half charge to beat the Wolverines for the 11th straight time.
  • NO. 13 WASHINGTON 69, NO. 11 UCLA 65:
    Bobby Jones pulled down a key rebound and made three free throws in the final seconds to give visiting Washington its first win at Pauley Pavilion in nearly 19 years.
  • NO. 16 WEST VIRGINIA 104, MARQUETTE 85:
    Mike Gansey scored a career-high 33 points despite hurting an ankle and Kevin Pittsnogle had 30 as West Virginia broke its own Big East record at home with 20 3-pointers.
  • NO. 17 GEORGE WASHINGTON 82, SAINT JOSEPH'S 70:
    Carl Elliott scored a career-high 20 points and George Washington held Saint Joseph's scoreless for nearly six minutes in the first half at home.
  • NO. 21 WISCONSIN 68, NORTHWESTERN 52:
    Alando Tucker had 20 points and seven rebounds and host Wisconsin remained the only unbeaten team in Big Ten play.
  • NO. 22 OKLAHOMA 45, TEXAS A&M 44: Terrell Everett hit a 3-pointer with 6.1 seconds left and host Oklahoma avoided an 0-3 start in the Big 12.
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