NCAA basketball: Syracuse edges Duke in OT; UConn women slash Bearcats

NCAA basketball: Syracuse edges Duke in OT; UConn women slash Bearcats


NCAA basketball: Syracuse edges Duke in OT; UConn women slash Bearcats


Jerami Grant scored eight points in overtime to finish with a career-high 24, and Jim Boeheim’s No. 2 Syracuse stayed unbeaten, topping Mike Krzyzewski’s No. 17 Duke 91-89 on Saturday in Syracuse in a matchup of the two winningest coaches in Division I history.

C.J. Fair scored a career-best 28 as Syracuse (21-0, 8-0 ACC) set a school record for consecutive wins to start a season. Playing in front of a charged-up crowd at the Carrier Dome, Syracuse remained one of three undefeated teams in the nation, along with No. 1 Arizona and No. 4 Wichita State.

Duke’s Rasheed Sulaimon beat the buzzer in regulation with an off-balance 3-pointer that tied it at 78. The Blue Devils led 87-84 with 80 seconds left in overtime before Syracuse rallied. Jabari Parker had 15 points and nine rebounds before fouling out in regulation for Duke (17-5, 6-3).

No. 3 Florida 69, Texas A&M 36: At Gainesville, Fla., Michael Frazier II scored 22 points as the Gators (19-2, 8-0 Southeastern Conference) pushed their winning streak to 13 games. Florida held the Aggies (12-9, 3-5) to 26 percent shooting and 20 percent from 3-point range.

No. 4 Wichita State 81, Evansville 67: At Wichita, Kan., after letting Evansville (10-13, 3-7) race out to a 15-point lead, the Shockers (23-0, 10-0) roared back behind big games from guards Fred VanVleet and Ron Baker.

No. 5 San Diego St. 65, Colorado St. 56: At San Diego, coach Steve Fisher won his 300th game at San Diego State (19-1, 8-0 Mountain West) as Xavier Thames scored 24 points and Winston Shepard 17 to defeat the Rams (12-10, 3-6).

No. 25 Texas 81, No. 6 Kansas 69: In Austin, Texas, Isaiah Taylor scored 23 points, Jonathan Holmes had 22 as Texas rolled to its sixth consecutive victory. The Longhorns (17-4, 6-2) thumped the Jayhawks (16-5, 7-1) with suffocating defense that held the Big 12’s best shooting team to 39 percent from the floor. Kansas freshman Andrew Wiggins, who averaged 24 points over the previous three games, scored seven before fouling out late. Texas outshot and outrebounded the Jayhawks, had 12 blocks, and once they built a double-digit lead, never left Kansas an opening to rally.

Taylor, a freshman guard who scored 27 a week earlier against Baylor, continued to slash his way to the basket for layups while Holmes hit from inside and outside. Holmes also went 9 for 10 from the free-throw line. Cameron Ridley added nine points, 10 rebounds and four blocks for Texas, winning his battle under the basket with Joel Embiid, Kansas’ 7-foot center. Wayne Selden Jr. scored 21 to lead Kansas.

Georgetown 64, No. 7 Michigan St. 60: At New York, Markel Starks led Georgetown with 16 points as the Hoyas (12-9) snapped their five-game skid in a late-season nonconference game at Madison Square Garden that was part of the New York area’s celebration of Sunday’s Super Bowl. Michigan State fell to 19-3.

Baylor 76, No. 8 Oklahoma State 70: At Stillwater, Okla., Brady Heslip scored a season-high 20 points to help Baylor (14-7, 2-6 Big 12) end a five-game losing streak by defeating Oklahoma State (16-5, 4-4).

No. 9 Villanova 90, Temple 74: At Philadelphia, James Bell scored 19 points to lead Villanova (19-2), which earned a perfect 4-0 record in Big 5 play and its 22nd Big 5 championship in program history. Temple (6-14) missed out on a share of the city title.

No. 11 Kentucky 84, Missouri 79: At Columbia, Mo., Aaron Harrison scored 21 points and James Young added 20 for the Wildcats (16-5, 6-2 Southeastern Conference). Jabari Brown finished with a career-high 33 points to keep the Tigers (16-5, 4-4) in the game.

No. 24 Ohio St. 59, No. 14 Wisconsin 58: At Madison, Wis., Aaron Craft scored all seven of his points in the final four minutes as the Buckeyes (17-5, 4-5 Big Ten) won a bruising back-and-forth affair with the Badgers (17-5, 4-5).

No. 16 Iowa State 81, No. 23 Oklahoma 75: At Ames, Iowa, sophomore Georges Niang scored a career-high 27 points. Melvin Ejim had 22 points with 16 rebounds for the Cyclones (16-4, 4-4 Big 12). Buddy Hield scored a career-high 30 points for Oklahoma (17-5, 6-3).

No. 19 Saint Louis 87, George Mason 81, OT: At St. Louis, Bryon Allen scored a career-high 30 points for George Mason (7-14, 0-7) but the Patriots were unable to fend off the Billikens (20-2, 7-0 Atlantic 10).

Saint Joseph’s 73, No. 21 Massachusetts 68: At Philadelphia, Halil Kanacevic scored 18 points as Saint Joseph’s broke away from a late tie.

SMU 87, No. 22 Memphis 72: At Dallas, Hall of Fame coach Larry Brown’s Mustangs (17-5, 6-3 American Athletic) stayed undefeated at home with help from a 29-8 second-half spurt. The Tigers (16-5, 6-3) suffered their first conference road loss in two years.

Canisius 84, Fairfield 58: At Bridgeport, Conn., Billy Baron scored 17 points and Canisius (16-7, 10-2 Metro Atlantic) opened the second half with a 13-2 run. Marcus Gilbert led Fairfield (4-18, 1-10) with 14 points as the Stags shot just 33 percent, including 9 of 37 from beyond the arc.

Army 77, Loyola (Md) 71: At Baltimore, Kyle Wilson scored 19 of his 25 points after halftime — including 9 of 10 free throws — as Army (11-10, 7-3 Patriot League) rallied late in the second half to beat the Greyhounds (9-12, 4-6).

Women’s top 10: UConn coach Geno Auriemma stressed to his team the past few days that the top-ranked Huskies needed to focus on defense. No. 1 Connecticut put on a defensive clinic against Cincinnati on Saturday, beating the Bearcats 86-29 in Cincinnati. UConn forced 24 turnovers, and Cincinnati’s 29 points were the fewest the Huskies have allowed all season.

“Coach just emphasized the past three days that we need to play better defense and keep people in front of us, and I think we took that to heart today,” said Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis, who led UConn with 17 points. “We clogged up the lane, we took into account the scouting report Coach gave us on who were shooters and who weren’t shooters and we implemented it into the game.”

During an early 22-0 run, Connecticut held Cincinnati scoreless for 11 minutes, 22 seconds. In that span, the Bearcats missed 11 shots and turned the ball over nine times. The Bearcats broke their scoreless streak with 45 seconds left in the half as Connecticut headed into halftime up 41-11. Cincinnati ended the first half with just five field goals and 15 turnovers in their lowest-scoring half of the season.

Bria Hartley also scored 17 points and had a career-high six steals for the Huskies (23-0, 10-0 American Athletic Conference). The win was the Huskies’ 10th straight over Cincinnati (9-12, 2-8) and extended their current win streak to 29 games.

The Huskies’ quick passes and a balanced shooting attack kept the Bearcats’ defense off balance as Connecticut had 25 assists, keeping the team on pace to break the program season record. Six Huskies got on the board before halftime and five finished in double figures.

No. 9 Baylor 87, Texas 73: At Waco, Texas, Odyssey Sims scored 44 points, and freshman Nina Davis had a double-double.

Oklahoma 81, No. 11 Oklahoma St. 74: At Norman, Okla., Sharane Campbell scored a career-high 28 points as Oklahoma won in front of a raucous home crowd at the annual Bedlam Series game. Nicole Griffin added 14 points with 10 rebounds and six blocked shots as the Sooners (14-8, 5-4 Big 12) handed Oklahoma State (18-3, 7-3) its first road loss in conference this season. Tiffany Bias led the Cowgirls with 18 points.

No. 22 Gonzaga 101, San Francisco 66: At Spokane, Wash., Lindsay Sherbert scored a career-high 23 points and Sunny Greinacher added 17 for Gonzaga (20-3, 10-1 WCC), which has won 11 straight to reach 20 wins for the eighth straight year. Shaniqua Nilles scored a career-high 11 points and Kiara Kudron added 10, joining Sherbert to give the Bulldogs a 56-12 advantage in bench points. San Francisco (8-14, 3-8) shot 70.8 percent in the first half but was just 4 of 17 in the second.

No. 25 Middle Tennessee 67, Tulsa 57: At Tulsa, Okla., Ebony Rowe scored 18 points and grabbed 15 rebounds as Middle Tennessee (18-3, 7-0 Conference USA) pushed its winning streak to 17 games. Rowe notch her 70th career double-double. Tulsa’s Kelsee Grovey scored a career-high 23 points.


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