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  • Associated Press St. John's guard Shamorie Ponds goes for a layup past Villanova's Omari Spellman on Wednesday in Philadelphia.

Thursday, February 08, 2018 1:00 am

College Basketball

St. John's shocks top-ranked 'Nova

Staff, news services

PHILADELPHIA – St. John's took down another of the nation's elite, and stunned No. 1 Villanova 79-75 on Wednesday for its second win over a top-five team this week – and first over the top-ranked team in 33 years.

Shamorie Ponds scored 26 points to spark the Red Storm (12-13, 1-11 Big East) to its first conference win of the season.

St. John's beat then-No. 4 Duke 81-77 at Madison Square Garden on Saturday, snapping an 11-game losing streak.

The Wildcats (22-2, 9-2) will surely tumble down the rankings after having spent the last five weeks at No. 1.

TRINE 75, CALVIN 68, OT: In Angola, Trine's Myles Copeland scored 41 points, including six in a row to open overtime, to help lift the Thunder.

The Knights' Luke Morrison hit a jump shot with 23 seconds left to tie the game at 63 and send the game into overtime. 

Copeland was 17-of-29 shooting and had 11 rebounds for the Thunder (10-12, 6-5 Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association).

ANDERSON 93, MANCHESTER 79: In Anderson, Enis Becirevic led the Spartans (5-17, 3-12 Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference) with 18 points on 9-of-12 shooting and Adrian Johnson and Brody Kirby each added 15 and Cornell Hampton finished the game with 11.


BALL STATE 91, EASTERN MICHIGAN 85: In Muncie, the Cardinals (19-4, 8-4 Mid-American Conference) used a 25-11 third quarter to erase a 49-44 halftime deficit. 

Carmen Grande scored 25 points, Oshlynn Brown had 22 points and 13 rebounds and Jasmin Samz and Moriah Monaco each had 15 points.

SOUTH DAKOTA 79, IPFW 60: At the Gates Sports Center, De'Jour Young scored 21 points to lead the Mastodons (4-20, 1-10 Summit League), Kierstyn Repp added 14 on 4-of-7 shooting from beyond the arc. Hannah Albrecht scored 12. 

Ciara Duffy led five Coyotes (20-5, 11-0) in double figures with 20 points. 

HUNTINGTON 78, SAINT FRANCIS 73: In Huntington, the Foresters (16-10, 9-6 Crossroads League) opened the fourth quarter with a 15-2 run to take a 12-point lead and hold on for the win. 

Sarah Fryman scored 20 to lead Huntington. Casey Morton added 17, Brooke Saylor had 16 points and 12 rebounds and Hailey Krewald and Sam Hammel each scored 11. 

Lindley Kistler scored 24, Kara Gerka had 20 and Savannah Buck 18 for the Cougars (16-11, 8-7). 

MARIAN 76, GRACE 51: In Winona Lake, Vironnica Drake scored 15 and Micaela Box added 10 for the Lancers (14-13, 8-7). 

TRINE 68, SAINT MARY'S 51: In South Bend, Brandi Dawson and Kayla Freeman each scored 12 points to lead the Thunder (21-2, 13-1 Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association). 

MANCHESTER 70, ANDERSON 53: In North Manchester, Nicole Weaver led four players in double-figure scoring for the Spartans (7-15, 6-9 Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference) with 15 points. Mikalia Taylor scored 14 points.