Jermaine Samuels hit the game-winning 3-pointer with 20.5 seconds remaining to lift No. 18 Villanova past No. 1 Kansas 56-55 on Saturday in Philadelphia.
Samuels scored 15 points, Collin Gillespie added 12 and the Wildcats improved to 9-2. Villanova made just 10 of 41 shots from beyond the 3-point arc. Kansas became the fifth No. 1 team this season to be beaten, joining Michigan State, Kentucky, Duke and Louisville.
Devon Dotson scored 15 points, Udoka Azubuike had 12 points and 11 rebounds, and Ochai Agbaji had 11 points for the Jayhawks, who fell to 9-2 and had their nine-game winning streak snapped. Dotson missed a runner in the lane at the buzzer.
Villanova missed nine of its first 13 shots but trailed only 14-9 with 9:25 left in the first half. The game was tied at 23 after a hard-fought, defensive battle in the first half. The Jayhawks’ 23 points were their fewest in any half all season.
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