’Cuse Wins, Boeheim Ties Knight for Career Victories
Syracuse, n.y. — Michael Carter-Williams scored a career-high 18 points and added 13 assists, and No. 7 Syracuse beat Central Connecticut State 96-62 yesterday to give coach Jim Boeheim his 902nd career win.
Boeheim tied Bob Knight for second all-time in victories among Division I men’s coaches. Duke’s Mike Krzyzewski leads with 939.
Syracuse (12-1) completed its nonconference schedule with its 32nd straight home win, the longest active streak in the nation. Boeheim’s first chance to pass Knight comes in the Orange’s Big East opener tomorrow night at home against Rutgers.
CCSU (4-7) lost its fourth straight and was overmatched against the much taller Orange.
No. 5 Indiana 69, Iowa 65
Iowa City, Iowa — Cody Zeller had 15 of his 19 points in the second half and Indiana opened Big Ten play by holding off Iowa.
Victor Oladipo scored 14 points for the Hoosiers (13-1, 1-0), who snapped a four-game losing streak in Iowa City and have now won four straight since losing to Butler two weeks ago.
No. 9 Minnesota 76
No. 18 Michigan St. 63
Minneapolis — Andre Hollins had 22 points and six assists, and Rodney Williams added 15 points and six rebounds to lift Minnesota to a victory over Michigan State.
Trevor Mbakwe had 11 points and 12 rebounds and the Golden Gophers (13-1, 1-0 Big Ten) shot 56.6 percent to open conference play with an emphatic victory over a team that has owned them for years.
No. 10 Gonzaga 69
No. 22 Oklahoma State 68
Stillwater, Okla. — Kevin Pangos scored 23 points and hit the clinching free throws with 4.3 seconds left, Kelly Olynyk scored all 21 of his points in the second half and No. 10 Gonzaga edged No. 22 Oklahoma State to spoil one of the Cowboys’ most anticipated nonconference games at Gallagher-Iba Arena in decades.
No. 14 Cincinnati 70
No. 24 Pittsburgh 61
Pittsburgh — Cashmere Wright scored 18 points and Sean Kilpatrick added 16 to help Cincinnati surged past Pittsburgh in Big East play.
The Bearcats (13-1, 1-0) bounced back from a loss to New Mexico last Thursday by dominating the Panthers over the final 20 minutes. Cincinnati trailed by as much as eight early but used a 14-2 run midway through the second half to take control.
No. 23 N.C. State 89
Raleigh, n.c. — C.J. Leslie scored 21 points and North Carolina State pulled away in the second half to beat UNC Greensboro.
No. 25 Kansas St. 70
South Dakota 50
Manhattan, Kan. — Nino Williams scored 16 points to help Kansas State beat South Dakota.
Women’s Top 25
No. 1 Connecticut 95
Eugene, Ore. — Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis scored 19 points and No. 1 Connecticut celebrated its return to the top of the rankings with a rout of Oregon.
Earlier in the day, the Huskies took over the No. 1 spot in The Associated Press poll for the first time since the end of the 2010-11. They followed with their 12th win to remain undefeated.
Stefanie Dolson had 16 points and Caroline Doty had 14 points and 12 rebounds for the Huskies.
Jillian Alleyne had 18 points to lead the Ducks (2-10). Oregon went scoreless in the first five minutes and last five minutes of the first half and trailed 54-24 at the break.
No. 5 Notre Dame 128
St. Francis, Pa. 55
South Bend, Ind. — Markisha Wright scored 20 points for Notre Dame in a romp past St. Francis, Pa.
Notre Dame (10-1) dominated on both ends of the floor, forcing 33 turnovers and turning those into 49 points. The Irish led 63-25 at the break, their largest halftime lead of the season.
Alexa Hayward led the Red Flash (5-6) with 13 points.
Natalie Achonwa and Kayla McBride made easy shots from the low post for Notre Dame, many off give-and-gos from point guard Skylar Diggins.
Notre Dame coach Muffet McGraw had her reserves, including Wright, in the game with 13 minutes to play in the first half. It was the final pre-Big East tuneup for the Irish before their conference opener Jan. 5 at No. 1 Connecticut.
NO. 16 UCLA 73, SAINT JOSEPH’S 65
LOS ANGELES — Thea Lemberger tied her career high with four 3-pointers in scoring 20 points to lead UCLA over Saint Joseph’s, sending the Bruins into Pac-12 play with two straight victories.
Atonye Nyingifa added season highs of 16 points and 12 rebounds for the Bruins (9-2). They’ve won seven of their last eight and open conference play on Friday at Oregon.
Erin Shields scored career-highs of 24 points and six 3-pointers, for the Hawks (8-5), who had their three-game winning snapped in their first visit to Pauley Pavilion. They beat the Bruins last year in the teams’ first-ever meeting in Philadelphia. They fell to 3-1 on the road.