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No. 19 UConn falls to Providence

Jamine Peterson had 23 points to go with 14 rebounds, scoring eight of Providence's 14 straight points as the host Friars took the lead and ran away from No. 19 Connecticut to win, 81-66, last night.

Sharaud Curry scored 18 and Bilal Dixon had 11 points and 12 rebounds for Providence (12-8, 4-4 Big East). Students stormed the court in the final seconds in the biggest win for the Friars since last year's defeat of then-No. 1 Pittsburgh. Kemba Walker and Gavin Edwards each scored 17 for UConn (13-7, 3-4). It was the Huskies' first loss under substitute coach George Blaney, who took over on Jan. 19 when Jim Calhoun took a medical leave.

Villanova 90, ND 72: Scottie Reynolds and Corey Fisher each scored 17 points to help host No. 3 Villanova get off to the best start in school history. The Wildcats are 19-1 for the first time and are the only Big East team unbeaten in conference play (8-0). Luke Harangody delivered on his end for the Irish (15-6, 4-4) with 21 points and nine rebounds.

SC's upset win costly. South Carolina's first victory over a No. 1 team will cost $25,000. The SEC fined South Carolina that amount for violating league rules against permitting fans on the playing area following a 68-62 victory over top-ranked Kentucky on Tuesday night.- AP

Women's gamesSt. John's 68, Syracuse 65: Freshman Shenneika Smith had 28 points as St. John's (17-3, 5-2 Big East) overcame a five-point deficit with 2:01 left for a road win over Syracuse (16-4, 3-4). Kelly McManmon added 12 points.

Dowling 78, Queens 64: Christie Marrone had 23 points for Dowling (12-6, 7-5 ECC). Brittany Faherty had 21 points for Queens (4-14, 4-8).

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