It was nothing new for Randy Foye and his fellow guards to come up big for Villanova. But it has been rare for oft-injured senior forward...
VILLANOVA, Pa. — It was nothing new for Randy Foye and his fellow guards to come up big for Villanova. But it has been rare for oft-injured senior forward Jason Fraser to make an impact for the Wildcats.
Foye scored a career-high 32 points and Fraser had 10 points in 26 minutes Saturday to help fourth-ranked Villanova beat No. 5 Oklahoma 85-74 in the season’s first matchup of teams ranked in the top five by The Associated Press.
Villanova (4-0) had to listen all week to people wondering if its small lineup — because of a knee injury to forward Curtis Sumpter — could handle a quality frontcourt such as Oklahoma has.
Fraser answered with a solid performance and the four guards made a statement with defensive pressure that didn’t allow the Sooners (4-1) to have much of a perimeter game in the second half when Villanova pulled away.
Fraser’s career has been slowed by seven surgeries, five on his knees and two on his hands.
Allan Ray scored 21 points for the Wildcats.
“Collectively, they may be the best group of guards we’ve played against,” said Oklahoma coach Kelvin Sampson, a former Washington State coach.
Taj Gray scored 22 points for the Sooners.
At No. 2 Texas 93, Texas-Arlington 55
Sophomore Daniel Gibson scored a career-high 29 points to help the Longhorns (7-0) rout the Mavericks (4-4).
At No. 7 Louisville 90, Prairie View A&M 65
David Padgett, a transfer from Kansas playing in his first game for the Cardinals (2-0), had 17 points and 10 rebounds as Louisville beat the Panthers (1-3) in the Colonial Classic.
At No. 8 Boston College 77, Sacred Heart 66
Craig Smith collected 20 points and 10 rebounds as the Eagles (6-0) defeated the Pioneers (1-5).
No. 9 Memphis 91, at Cincinnati 81
Freshman Antonio Anderson scored 32 points to lead the Tigers (6-1) past the Bearcats (3-2).
North Carolina 83, at No. 10 Kentucky 79
Reyshawn Terry scored 25 points to help the defending NCAA champion Tar Heels (4-1) end an 11-game home winning streak by the Wildcats (5-2).
At No. 11 Florida 80, Central Florida 47
Corey Brewer contributed 25 points, seven rebounds and five steals to lead the Gators (7-0) past the Golden Knights (4-1).
No. 12 Illinois 65, Xavier 62
James Augustine scored 23 points as the Illini (7-0), who trailed 19-4, rallied to beat the Musketeers (3-1) in Chicago.
No. 13 Michigan St. 72, Arkansas-Little Rock 67
Paul Davis scored 17 of his 23 points in the second half to lead the Spartans (5-2) past the Trojans (3-2) in Grand Rapids, Mich.
At No. 14 Iowa 72, Valparaiso 59
Jeff Horner scored a season-high 19 points and Mike Henderson tied a season best with 15 as the Hawkeyes (7-1) beat the Crusaders (3-1) to win the Hawkeye Challenge for the 20th year in a row.
At No. 17 Indiana 79, Eastern Michigan 63
Robert Vaden scored 18 points and freshman Ben Allen added a career-high 15 as the Hoosiers (4-1) beat the Eagles (1-3).
No. 20 Nevada 77, at Pacific 70
Mo Charlo scored 16 of his 22 points in the second half as the Wolf Pack (5-0) beat the Tigers (4-3).
At No. 21 Alabama 60, Winthrop 57
Chuck Davis scored 22 points to lead the Crimson Tide (4-1) past the Eagles (4-1).
No. 22 Wake Forest 78, at Elon 59
Justin Gray scored half his 22 points during the opening five minutes of the second half, helping the Demon Deacons (7-1) defeat the Phoenix (1-5).
• Eddie Sutton passed Lefty Driesell for fifth place on the career coaching-wins list with host Oklahoma State’s 64-54 victory over Southern Methodist.
The 69-year-old Sutton, 787-300, trails Dean Smith, Adolph Rupp, Bob Knight and Jim Phelan. Of the top four, Texas Tech’s Knight is the lone active coach.