Corey Fisher scored a career-high 26 points and Mouphtaou Yarou had 13 points and 16 rebounds to lead No. 7 Villanova to an 82-70 victory over UCLA on Wednesday night in the semifinals of the NIT Season Tip-Off.
In front of a record crowd at the Carrier Dome, Syracuse dismantled Villanova with a brutally efficient and balanced attack. And on a day when the No. 1 and No. 2 teams fell, did the Orange play their way into the top spot?
Dwayne Anderson and Dante Cunningham each scored 25 points, and Villanova rallied back from a 14-point hole to beat upset-minded American 80-67 in the first round of the NCAA tournament Thursday night.