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Villanova's on-campus streak hits 45

VILLANOVA, Pa. -- Corey Fisher got it started and Maalik Wayns finished the job.

Fisher scored 20 of his 21 points in the first half, Wayns had 13 of his 15 in the second, and No. 7 Villanova beat No. 24 Cincinnati, 72-61, on Sunday, handing the Bearcats their first loss of the season.

Fisher made all nine of his free throws in a dynamic first half for the Wildcats (14-1, 3-0 Big East). Wayns was 6 of 6 from the line in the second half.

"I just had to keep being aggressive and play the same game," said Wayns, who played much of the second half with four fouls. "Take my aggressiveness away and I don't play the same. I have to play the same way."

Villanova upped its winning streak at The Pavilion, its cozy 6,500-seat on-campus arena, to 45 straight. The streak began on Jan. 17, 2007, and now includes 19 wins over Big East teams.

"Fish had a big first half," Villanova coach Jay Wright said. "But he got in foul trouble. Both Fish and Wayns did a great job for us."

Winners of nine straight, the Wildcats haven't lost since losing, 78-68, to Tennessee Nov. 26 in the finals of the NIT Season Tip-Off at Madison Square Garden.

Cincinnati (15-1, 2-1) started the season 15-0 for the first time since 1998-99. The Bearcats started 19-0 in 1962-63.

Rashad Bishop led Cincinnati with 14 points while Yancy Gates and Sean Kilpatrick added 11 each.


Around the nation

*Kyle Singler had 25 points and a season-high 10 rebounds, and No. 1 Duke (15-0, 2-0 ACC) beat Maryland (10-5, 0-2), 71-64, to extend its win streak to 25.

*David Lighty scored 19 points and No. 2 Ohio State (16-0, 3-0 Big Ten) survived a scare when Austin Hollins' three-pointer came up short in the final seconds, allowing the Buckeyes to remain unbeaten with a 67-64 victory over Minnesota (12-4, 1-3).

*Marcus Morris scored 22 points, and No. 3 Kansas (15-0) outlasted Michigan (11-5), 67-60 in overtime in Ann Arbor.

*Ryne Smith scored 18 points Sunday to help No. 11 Purdue (15-1, 4-0 Big Ten) beat Iowa (7-8, 0-3), 75-52, the Boilermakers' 10th straight win.

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