Mikal Bridges had his presentation performance as one of the nation's best players, scoring 28 points, the highest of his career, to lead Villanova to No. 4 to an 88-72 victory over No. 12 Gonzaga at the Jimmy V Classic at Madison Square Garden in New York on Tuesday night.
Bridges, a 6-foot-7 guard, had shown Villanova (9-0) what he could do this season with three games of more than 20 points that already indicated he could be the best player in the game. the Big East champions.
Against a finalist in the NCAA title game and primetime on the biggest basketball stage, Bridges exhibited the kind of talent that should make him a NBA first-round pick. 19659002] His decisive moment came in the second half: Bridges cut the lane and threw a dunk monster right on 6-11 to center Jacob Larsen. Josh Perkins de Gonzaga tried the same move on the next possession, only for Bridges to hit the ball out of bounds with a block that rocked the Villanova fans.
Bridges made five triples in the first meeting between two programs that are ranked among the best of the last 15 years. Villanova won the 2016 national championship and Gonzaga (7-2) lost the game for the 2017 title in North Carolina.
No. 3 Michigan State 62, at Rutgers 52 : Miles Bridges scored 21 points and the Spartans overcame their worst offensive performance of the season. Jaren Jackson Jr. had eight of the top 13 blocks of the Spartans' season to help Michigan State (8-1) get its seventh consecutive victory. Rutgers (6-3) made Michigan State work for this, keeping the Spartans at season lows and shooting percentage (38.6).
Arizona 67, No. 7 Texas A & M 64 : Deandre Ayton Had 13 points and 10 rebounds, and the Wildcats (6-3) stayed in Phoenix in their first win of the season . Robert Williams missed a long three-point try on the bell when the Aggies (7-1) suffered their first loss. Tyler Davis led A & M with 21 points and 10 rebounds.
Ball State 80, at No. 9 Notre Dame 77 : Tayler Persons scored a triple from the left wing with 1.7 seconds remaining while the Cardinals (5-4) knocked down an opponent ranked for the first time time since he knocked down the No. 4 UCLA more than 16 years ago. The Irish (7-2) lost a home game without a conference for the first time since they fell to the state of North Dakota four years ago.
at UC Santa Barbara 77, Omaha 70 : Max Heidegger scored 25 points, Leland King II had 22 points and 13 rebounds , and the Gauchos (7-2) won their sixth consecutive game, their best start since the opening of 2007 -08 season 10-1. Jalen Canty had 14 points and 11 rebounds, and Marcus Jackson had 11 assists for the Gauchos. Zach Jackson had 17 points for Omaha (1-9).
at Pepperdine 70, UC Riverside 59 : Nolan Taylor scored 17 points for the Waves (3-6), who lost top scorer Kameron Edwards after halftime due to an unspecified injury. Chance Murray had 15 points for the Highlanders (2-6).
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