NEW YORK — Freshman John Wall scored a season-high 25 points, including 12 of Kentucky's last 15 in the game, and the fourth-ranked Wildcats beat No. 14 Connecticut 64-61 on Wednesday night in the SEC/Big East Invitational.
Wall lived up to his billing in his first appearance at Madison Square Garden, overcoming first-half foul trouble and dominating the game over the final 7 1/2 minutes.
The Wildcats (9-0) moved John Calipari closer to one of the icons at the school that has more wins, 1,996, than any other program. The only coach to have a better start to his career at Kentucky was Adolph Rupp, who started 10-0 in 1931.
There were two totally different halves played in front of the crowd of 15,874, which seemed split down the middle.
Jerome Dyson had 17 points for the Huskies (6-2), who finished 14 of 24 from the free throw line, including 2 of 4 in the final 3 minutes.
UW-GREEN BAY 88, NO. 20 WISCONSIN 86: At Green Bay, Wis., Bryquis Perine scored 22 points, and Troy Cotton hit a key 3-pointer as Wisconsin-Green Bay beat Wisconsin 88-84 in overtime.
Rahmon Fletcher added 18 points for the Phoenix (9-2). Trevon Hughes scored a career-high 27 points for the Badgers (6-2), who jumped into the rankings after knocking off Duke last week.
(1) KANSAS 99, RADFORD 94: At Lawrence, Kan., Cole Aldrich had 15 points and nine rebounds, and No. 1 Kansas used a dominating first half to rout Radford. Kansas (8-0) negated burly Radford center Art Parakhouski with double teams in the first half and hounded the rest of the Highlanders into poor shooting for its sixth win of at least 30 points this season. Sherron Collins had 15 points and eight assists, and Xavier Henry added 13 points to help the Jayhawks extend the nation's longest home winning streak to 47 games.
NO. 3 VILLANOVA 97, ST. JOSEPH'S 89: At Philadelphia, Scottie Reynolds scored 22 points and Taylor King added 20 to lead four Villanova players in double digits, and the No. 3 Wildcats beat St. Joseph's 97-89. Villanova (9-0) converted 30 of 31 second-half free throws, including 29 in a row, to win the area's most intense rivalry.
(5) PURDUE 86, VALPARAISO 62: At West Lafayette, Ind., JaJuan Johnson and E'Twaun Moore each scored 19 points to lead Purdue. Moore tied a career high with five 3-pointers for the Boilermakers (8-0), who are off to their best start since the 1993-94 season.
(6) WEST VIRGINIA 68, DUQUESNE 39: At Morgantown, W.Va., Kevin Jones scored 16 points, Wellington Smith added 11 and Da'Sean Butler scored 10 lead West Virginia. The Mountaineers (6-0) bounced back from a 10-day layoff and had little trouble beating the Dukes (6-3) for the seventh straight time.
No. 21 GONZAGA 79, AUGUSTANA 40: At Spokane, Wash., coach Mark Few wanted to make sure his No. 21 Bulldogs did not take it easy against Division III opponent Augustana of Illinois on Wednesday. They didn't. Steven Gray scored 12 points and Gonzaga overwhelmed the Vikings 79-40, rebounding from Saturday's tough loss to Wake Forest.