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  • Cincinnati coach Mick Cronin directs his players in the first half of their  NCAA college basketball game against Arkansas Little Rock  in Cincinnati Thursday Dec. 6, 2012. AP Photo/Tom Uhlman)

    Cincinnati coach Mick Cronin directs his players in the first half of their NCAA college basketball game against Arkansas Little Rock in Cincinnati Thursday Dec. 6, 2012. AP Photo/Tom Uhlman)

  • Cincinnati Bearcat Sean Kilpatrick tries to shoot past Arkansas Little Rocks' Taggart Lockhart in the first half of their NCAA  college basketball game in Cincinnati Thursday Dec. 6, 2012. AP Photo/Tom Uhlman)

    Cincinnati Bearcat Sean Kilpatrick tries to shoot past Arkansas Little Rocks' Taggart Lockhart in the first half of their NCAA college basketball game in Cincinnati Thursday Dec. 6, 2012. AP Photo/Tom Uhlman)

  • Cincinnati Bearcat Sean Kilpatrick tries to shoot past Arkansas Little Rocks' Taggart Lockhart in the first half of their NCAA  college basketball game in Cincinnati Thursday Dec. 6, 2012. AP Photo/Tom Uhlman)

    Cincinnati Bearcat Sean Kilpatrick tries to shoot past Arkansas Little Rocks' Taggart Lockhart in the first half of their NCAA college basketball game in Cincinnati Thursday Dec. 6, 2012. AP Photo/Tom Uhlman)

  • Cincinnati's Justin Jackson, right, and Arkansas Little Rocks' Will Neighbour grab the ball for a rebound in the first half of their college basketball game in Cincinnati Thursday Dec. 6, 2012. AP Photo/Tom Uhlman)

    Cincinnati's Justin Jackson, right, and Arkansas Little Rocks' Will Neighbour grab the ball for a rebound in the first half of their college basketball game in Cincinnati Thursday Dec. 6, 2012. AP Photo/Tom Uhlman)

  • Cincinnati's Justin Jackson, right, and Arkansas Little Rocks' Will Neighbour grab the ball for a rebound in the first half of their college basketball game in Cincinnati Thursday Dec. 6, 2012. AP Photo/Tom Uhlman)

    Cincinnati's Justin Jackson, right, and Arkansas Little Rocks' Will Neighbour grab the ball for a rebound in the first half of their college basketball game in Cincinnati Thursday Dec. 6, 2012. AP Photo/Tom Uhlman)

  • Arkansas Little Rock coach Steve Shields directs his players as they play Cincinnati in the first half of their NCAA college basketball game  in Cincinnati Thursday Dec. 6, 2012. AP Photo/Tom Uhlman)

    Arkansas Little Rock coach Steve Shields directs his players as they play Cincinnati in the first half of their NCAA college basketball game in Cincinnati Thursday Dec. 6, 2012. AP Photo/Tom Uhlman)

  • Cincinnati coach Mick Cronin directs his players in the first half of their  NCAA college basketball game against Arkansas Little Rock  in Cincinnati Thursday Dec. 6, 2012. AP Photo/Tom Uhlman)
  • Cincinnati Bearcat Sean Kilpatrick tries to shoot past Arkansas Little Rocks' Taggart Lockhart in the first half of their NCAA  college basketball game in Cincinnati Thursday Dec. 6, 2012. AP Photo/Tom Uhlman)
  • Cincinnati Bearcat Sean Kilpatrick tries to shoot past Arkansas Little Rocks' Taggart Lockhart in the first half of their NCAA  college basketball game in Cincinnati Thursday Dec. 6, 2012. AP Photo/Tom Uhlman)
  • Cincinnati's Justin Jackson, right, and Arkansas Little Rocks' Will Neighbour grab the ball for a rebound in the first half of their college basketball game in Cincinnati Thursday Dec. 6, 2012. AP Photo/Tom Uhlman)
  • Cincinnati's Justin Jackson, right, and Arkansas Little Rocks' Will Neighbour grab the ball for a rebound in the first half of their college basketball game in Cincinnati Thursday Dec. 6, 2012. AP Photo/Tom Uhlman)
  • Arkansas Little Rock coach Steve Shields directs his players as they play Cincinnati in the first half of their NCAA college basketball game  in Cincinnati Thursday Dec. 6, 2012. AP Photo/Tom Uhlman)

Miami — Raymond Felton scored a season-high 27 points, and the New York Knicks connected on 18 3-pointers to more than offset the absence of Carmelo Anthony while topping Miami for the second time this season, beating the Heat 112-92 last night.

Steve Novak scored 18 points, J.R. Smith added 13 and Tyson Chandler scored 13 for the Knicks, who won their fifth straight and moved 1½ games clear of Miami for the best record in the Eastern Conference.

Anthony sat out, one night after needing five stitches to close a cut on the middle finger of his left hand.

LeBron James nearly picked up his second straight triple-double — 31 points, 10 rebounds, nine assists — in Miami’s second straight loss.

Women’s Hoop

No. 2 UConn 67
No. 10 Penn St. 52

Storrs, Conn. — Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis scored a season-high 25 points and No. 2 Connecticut pulled away in the second half to beat No. 10 Penn State 67-52 last night.

Brianna Banks added 10 points for the Huskies (8-0), who won their fourth game this season against a ranked opponent and their second this week against a top 10 team. The Huskies beat No. 9 Maryland 63-48 on Monday.

Maggie Lucas scored 15 points and Ariel Edwards added 10 for Penn State (6-2), which trailed by just six points at halftime and by three early in the second half.

No. 4 Duke 85, Ga. Tech 52

Durham, n.c. — Elizabeth Williams had a career-high 25 points and 11 rebounds, and No. 4 Duke routed Georgia Tech in their ACC opener.

No. 9 Maryland 79, Virginia 55

College Park, Md. — Tianna Hawkins had 20 points and 12 rebounds, Alyssa Thomas contributed 20 points and 11 rebounds, and Maryland opened defense of its ACC title with a victory over Virginia.

Men’s Hoop

No. 4 Syracuse 84
Long Beach St. 53

Syracuse, n.y. — C.J. Fair had 16 points and a career-high 13 rebounds, Michael Carter-Williams added 15 points and 10 assists, and No. 4 Syracuse beat Long Beach State.

Syracuse (7-0) upped its home winning streak to 27 games, tops in the nation, and has won 49 consecutive regular-season nonconference games. Long Beach State (3-5) had a two-game winning streak snapped.

It was the third double-double of the season for Carter-Williams, the Orange’s 6-foot-6 point guard, who boosted his assist total for the season to 67.

No. 11 Cincinnati 87, UARL 53

Cincinnati — Sean Kilpatrick scored 10 of his 18 points in the second half, and No. 11 Cincinnati set a school record with 23 steals, emerging from a sloppy start for an 87-53 victory over Arkansas-Little Rock.

The Bearcats (8-0) have started with eight straight wins for the 15th time in school history and the second time in three seasons.

No. 16 Creighton 64
Nebraska 42

Lincoln, Neb. — Doug McDermott scored 27 points and Gregory Echenique had 12 points and 12 rebounds, for Creighton.

The Bluejays (8-1) won in Lincoln for the first time since 2004.

Dylan Talley scored 14 points and Brandon Ubel had eight points and 10 rebounds to lead the Cornhuskers (6-2).

Grant Gibbs had 10 assists for Creighton.