Syracuse Thumps UNC
Syracuse, n.y. — C.J. Fair scored 20 points, Jerami Grant had 12 points and a career-high 12 rebounds, and No. 2 Syracuse beat North Carolina 57-45 Saturday in an ACC marquee matchup.
Syracuse (16-0, 3-0) evened its all-time record against the North Carolina (10-6, 0-3) to 4-4. UNC started 0-2 in ACC play three times in the past five years and five times overall, and the loss to Syracuse equaled the worst conference start in school history in 1996-97, Dean Smith’s final year as head coach.
It was the fewest points scored by North Carolina since posting 44 in a loss to Duke in 1979.
No. 5 Mich. State 87 Minnesota 75 (ot)
East Lansing, Mich. — Keith Appling scored 24 points to help No. 5 Michigan State beat Minnesota after overcoming a double-digit deficit in the second half and blowing a lead late in regulation.
The Spartans (15-1, 4-0 Big Ten) scored 15 straight points while holding the Golden Gophers (13-4, 2-2) scoreless for nearly 8 minutes after trailing 53-43 with 15:57 left.
Michigan State missed an opportunity to win in regulation for the second straight game, losing a five-point lead in the last 13 seconds.
No. 7 Baylor 88, TCU 62
Waco, Texas — Taurean Prince scored 15 of his career-high 23 points off the bench when Baylor took control before halftime and went on to a victory over instate rival TCU.
The Bears (13-2, 1-1 Big 12) won their 13th consecutive home game, the latest in the streak coming four days after they lost their conference opener 87-72 at No. 9 Iowa State.
No. 8 Villanova 74, St. John’s 67
New York — JayVaughn Pinkston had 15 points and 10 rebounds and Villanova overcame some early shooting woes to beat St. John’s.
The Wildcats (15-1, 4-0 Big East) came into the game having shot better than 50 percent from the field and 3-point range in their last three games..
Oklahoma 87 No. 9 Iowa State 82
Norman, Okla. — Buddy Hield scored 22 points and Ryan Spangler added 16 points and a career-high 15 rebounds to help Oklahoma knock off previously unbeaten Iowa State.
Isaiah Cousins added 17 points for the Sooners (13-3, 2-1 Big 12), who ended Iowa State’s school-best winning streak at 14 games.
No. 10 Florida 84 Arkansas 82 (ot)
Fayetteville, Ark. — Dorian Finney-Smith scored a career-high 22 points as No. 10 Florida overcame the absence of leading scorer Casey Prather to snap Arkansas’ 23-game home winning streak.
Finney-Smith, starting in place of Prather, also added a season-high 15 rebounds as the Gators (13-2, 2-0 SEC) won their seventh in row.
Florida trailed 66-57 in the closing minutes of regulation, but Scotie Wilbekin sent it into overtime with a jumper with two seconds left that tied the game.
No. 11 Okla. St. 73, W. Va. 72
Morgantown, W.va. — Markel Brown hit a 3-pointer with 12 seconds to lift Oklahoma State to a win over West Virginia.
The Cowboys (14-2, 2-1 Big 12) trailed for most of the game, but got solid efforts from their top two scorers in the final minutes.
Terry Henderson scored a season-high 21 points for West Virginia (10-6, 2-1), which saw its three-game winning streak snapped. Juwan Staten added 20 points and Devin Williams had 12 points and 13 rebounds.
No. 14 Kentucky 71 Vanderbilt 62
Nashville, Tenn. — Willie Cauley-Stein scored 15 points, and Kentucky beat Vanderbilt for the Wildcats’ fourth straight victory.
Aaron Harrison added 14 points and Andrew Harrison 10 and Kentucky (12-3, 2-0) started off a two-game road swing through the SEC with a win. Julius Randle had 10 of his 11 rebounds in the first half.
Clemson 72, No. 16 Duke 59
Clemson, s.c. — K.J. McDaniels scored 24 points and Jaron Blossomgame had career highs with 14 points and 14 rebounds as Clemson defeated Duke, the Blue Devils second straight ACC road loss.
Duke (12-4, 1-2 ACC) led 36-26 late in the first half before the Tigers (11-4, 2-1) put together a 37-18 run over the next 14 minutes to take control. Blossomgame’s second 3-pointer of the half put Clemson ahead for good, 57-54, and Adonis Filer followed moments later with a driving layup to increase the lead.
No. 18 Kansas 86 No. 25 Kansas State 60
Lawrence, Kan. (Ap) — Andrew Wiggins scored 22 points, fellow freshman Wayne Selden added 20 and Kansas beat Kansas State in its latest Sunflower Showdown beat down.
Kansas (11-4, 2-0 Big 12) shot 56 percent from the field and committed just seven turnovers while beating the Wildcats (12-4, 2-1) for the 48th time in the last 51 meetings. That includes eight wins in the Big 12 tournament, among them last year’s championship game.
No. 19 UMass 73 St. Bonaventure 68
Amherst, Mass. — Trey Davis missed nine of his first 10 shots from the floor before scoring a pair of baskets in the closing two minutes to help Massachusetts rally for a win over St. Bonaventure.
Raphiael Putney led the Minutemen (14-1 overall, 2-0 Atlantic-10) with 17 points and eight rebounds. Cady Lalanne scored 16 and Davis finished with eight.
UMass point guard Chaz Williams, the team’s leading scorer, missed 6 of 7 shots and finished with eight points and nine assists.
No. 21 Missouri 70, Auburn 68
Auburn, Ala. — Earnest Ross hit four free throws down the stretch and Jordan Clarkson scored 20 points to lead Missouri over Auburn
Ross, who spent two seasons at Auburn before transferring in 2011, scored 16 points for Missouri (13-2, 1-1 SEC).
No. 24 Memphis 79 Temple 69
Philadelphia — Shaq Goodwin had 23 points and 11 rebounds to lead Memphis over Temple.
Down four early in the second half, Memphis (12-3, 3-1 American) used a 17-6 run lasting nearly seven minutes to finally pull away and successfully follow up its win at No. 12 Louisville on Thursday. Memphis is only the second ranked team to win at Temple in the past six seasons.
Then No. 1 Kansas topped the Owls in the 2009-10 season.