Temple Sends Syracuse To First Loss of Season
Temple's Anthony Lee (3) celebrates with teammate Jake O'Brien (22) at the end of an NCAA college basketball game against Syracuse in the Gotham Classic tournament at Madison Square Garden, Saturday, Dec. 22, 2012, in New York. Temple defeated Syracuse 83-79. (AP Photo/Jason DeCrow)
New York — Khalif Wyatt scored 33 points and Anthony Lee had 21 — both career highs — and Temple, despite not making a field goal over the final 5½ minutes, upset No. 3 Syracuse 83-79 yesterday in the Chevrolet Gotham Classic at Madison Square Garden.
The Owls (9-2), coming off a 10-point home loss to Canisius, used the combination of Wyatt from the outside and Lee inside to keep Syracuse at bay. The Orange led by two at halftime but never took a lead in the second half even though there were four ties, the last at 59 with 10:23 to play.
C.J. Fair had a career-high 25 points for Syracuse (10-1), which had its 52-game regular-season nonconference winning streak snapped. Jim Boeheim remained at 900 wins, two behind Bob Knight for second place all-time among Division I men’s coaches. Duke’s Mike Krzyzewski has 938 wins.
No. 9 Kansas 74, No. 7 Ohio State 66
Columbus, Ohio — Redshirt freshman Ben McLemore scored 22 points and Kansas proved it was more than just a bully at home by beating Ohio State.
It was the third victory for the Jayhawks (10-1) in little more than a year over the Buckeyes (9-2). Kansas won a 64-62 thriller in last year’s NCAA semifinals.
No. 12 Missouri 82, No. 10 Illinois 73
St. Louis — Laurence Bowers had 23 points and 10 rebounds to lead Missouri over Illinois in the annual Braggin’ Rights game.
Alex Oriakhi added 13 points and 14 rebounds as Missouri (10-1) won its fourth straight in the 32-year-old series. Jabari Brown had 18 points and Phil Pressey handed out 11 assists.
No. 11 Cincinnati 68, Wright State 58
Cincinnati — JaQuon Parker scored 16 of his 21 points in the second half and Cincinnati remained unbeaten by overcoming another poor start to beat Wright State.
The Bearcats improved to 12-0 for the eighth time in school history and the second time in three seasons. Cincinnati won its first 15 games in 2010-11.
No. 13 Minnesota 75, Lafayette 50
Minneapolis — Starting guard Joe Coleman scored 12 points and Minnesota got 42 points from its reserves in a rout of Lafayette.
Otto Osenieks added 10 points for the Gophers (12-1), who have won eight straight.
No. 15 Georgetown 65, American 48
Washington — Otto Porter had 16 points and 13 rebounds, and Georgetown pulled away late in the first half to beat D.C. neighbor American.
South Dakota St. 70
No. 16 New Mexico 65
Albuquerque, n.m. — Nate Wolters scored 28 points and handed out seven assists, leading South Dakota State to an upset of New Mexico.
Kendall Williams scored 21 to lead the Lobos (12-1), who went a frustrating 7 of 12 from the foul line in the closing minutes as they tried to complete a comeback.
No. 18 San Diego St. 80, San Francisco 58
Honolulu — Chase Tapley made six 3-pointers on his way to a career-high 33 points and San Diego State beat San Francisco in the first round of the Diamond Head Classic for its 10th straight win.
No. 19 Butler 75, Evansville 67
Indianapolis — Rotnei Clarke and Andrew Smith each scored 20 points to lead Butler past pesky Evansville.
The Bulldogs (9-2) won their sixth straight and completed a sweep of the five Indiana schools they played this season in non-conference action — including last weekend’s stunning overtime victory against the top-ranked Hoosiers.
No. 20 Michigan St. 67, Texas 56
East Lansing, Mich. — Derrick Nix had 25 points and 11 rebounds to help Michigan State surge past Texas.
Nix was 7 for 10 from the field and 11 for 13 at the line, a major improvement for a 64.9 percent foul shooter.
Keith Appling had 14 points and Adreian Payne added 13 for the Spartans (11-2), who stayed perfect in six December games.
No. 23 UNC 97, McNeese St. 63
Chapel Hill, n.c. — P.J. Hairston scored a career-high 20 points in North Carolina’s victory over McNeese State.
Reggie Bullock added 17 points for the Tar Heels (9-3), who shot 13 of 28 on 3-pointers and never trailed. James Michael McAdoo had 12 points, Leslie McDonald added 11 and Brice Johnson scored 10.
No. 24 Oklahoma St. 78
Tennessee Tech 42
Stillwater, Okla. — Freshman guard Phil Forte scored 22 points to lead Oklahoma State over Tennessee Tech. Forte shot 6 of 11 from 3-point range and the Cowboys (10-1) hit a season-high 11 3-pointers.
No. 25 N.C. State 92, St. Bonaventure 73
Raleigh, n.c. — C.J. Leslie scored a career-high 33 points to lead North Carolina State past St. Bonaventure.
Scott Wood added a season-best 23 points on 8-of-10 shooting and Lorenzo Brown had a season-high 11 assists for the Wolfpack (9-2).
The nation’s most accurate shooting team shot 57 percent, never trailed and now heads into its weeklong holiday break on a five-game winning streak.
Eric Mosley had 18 points for the Bonnies (7-4). They were outscored 50-24 in the paint, shot just 40.6 percent, never got closer than 12 in the second half and had their two-game winning streak snapped.