RICHMOND, Va. -- Ramon Galloway scored 31 points, 12 during an 18-4 run in the second half Saturday night, and La Salle beat a top 25 team for the second straight game for the first time in 60 years, upsetting No. 19 VCU 69-61.
The upstart Explorers (14-5, 4-2 Atlantic 10), who edged No. 9 Butler on Wednesday night, registered consecutive victories against ranked teams for the first time since the 1952 NIT tournament, when they beat three in a row. They are off to their best start since the 1990-91 team started the year 14-4.
Juvonte Reddic had 22 points and 10 rebounds for the Rams (16-5, 4-2), who lost for the second time in three days after a 13-game winning streak. VCU blew a 7-point lead in the last minute and lost in overtime at Richmond on Thursday.
Treveon Graham added 13 points and 12 rebounds, but shot just 4 for 17. (See full recap.)
Temple falls to No. 9 Butler behind Clarke's 25
INDIANAPOLIS -- Rotnei Clarke returned in the nick of time for No. 9 Butler.
The sharp-shooting guard scored 25 points in his first game back in two weeks, and Khyle Marshall added 19, leading the Bulldogs past Temple 83-71 Saturday. Butler has won 14 of its last 15, the only blemish being Wednesday's 54-53 loss at La Salle.
Clarke had missed the previous three games with a severely sprained neck, the result of a head-first collision with a padded basket support at Dayton on Jan. 12. And though the Bulldogs went 2-1 in his absence, they needed every point Clarke could must Saturday -- and every opening he could create for his teammates, too.
Temple (13-6, 2-3) was led by Khalif Wyatt, who scored 16 of his 22 points in the first half, and Scootie Randall who had 13 points as another Philadelphia team was looking to upset a Top 10 foe. In addition to the La Salle win, Villanova took down Louisville and Syracuse this week. But the Owls couldn't join the party, falling to 1-3 this season against the Top 10. (See full recap.)
Villanova upsets No. 3 Syracuse
Four days after upsetting fifth-ranked Louisville, the Wildcats dispatched another top-5 team, stunning No. 3 Syracuse, 75-71, in an overtime thriller Saturday at the Wells Fargo Center.
Freshman Ryan Arcidiacono buried a game-tying three-pointer with 2.2 seconds left in regulation to send the game to overtime and James Bell scored eight points in the extra session to snap Syracuse’s eight-game winning streak and set off the second ’Nova court-storming this week.
It looked like Syracuse would be able to move 29-1 in its last 30 Big East games after going on a 9-1 run to take a six-point lead with four-and-a-half minutes left.
But Villanova was able to pull within three in the final seconds, and after Bell missed a potentially game-tying three-pointer, ’Nova got the rebound and Arcidiacono delivered. (See full recap.)
St. Joe's tops Xavier, 59-49
They shot 36 percent, were out-rebounded by nine and outscored in the paint by 20, but crunch-time defense and timely three-point shooting allowed the Saint Joseph’s Hawks to still manage an impressive 59-49 win over Xavier on Saturday at Hagan Arena.
The Hawks needed this type of victory after Wednesday’s sluggish loss to St. Bonaventure dropped them to 1-3 in the Atlantic 10. A Xavier win would have put it atop the A-10, but instead St. Joe’s picked up its first win over the Musketeers since March 2008. (See full recap.)
Drexel cruises behind Lee's 20
Damion Lee scored 20 points and Drexel held Georgia State without a basket for nearly 14 minutes in a 68-57 Colonial Athletic Association victory Saturday.
Lee hit four 3-pointers, including two in the second half that helped the Dragons (8-11, 4-3) extend their lead to 12 points after the Panthers (10-12, 5-4) had gotten to within three, 43-40, with 9:47 remaining.
Georgia State, which had won four straight, didn't score a basket for the final 8:35 of the first half and the opening 5:10 of the second.
Frantz Massenat had 15 points and eight assists for Drexel, which defeated Georgia State 77-60 Jan. 2 in Atlanta. (See full recap.)
PSU still winless in Big Ten
STATE COLLEGE -- A 14-point loss to No. 14 Ohio State was the least of D.J. Newbill's concerns on Saturday.
Make no mistake that Penn State's lead guard wants desperately for his team to get its first Big Ten win. The 65-51 defeat to the Buckeyes extended a month-long stretch of misery for the Nittany Lions (8-12, 0-8 Big Ten) in conference play. (See full recap.)