Cards Take Bite Out of Orange
Louisville's Wayne Blackshear, center, battles Syracuse's C.J. Fair, right, and Jerami Grant for a rebound during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game, Saturday Jan. 19, 2013, in Louisville, Ky. Syracuse defeated No. 1 Louisville 70-68. (AP Photo/Timothy D. Easley)
Louisville, Ky. — Brandon Triche scored 23 points and Michael Carter-Williams scored the final four points as No. 6 Syracuse rallied to upset No. 1 Louisville 70-68 yesterday in a showdown of unbeaten Big East Conference teams.
It was the second straight Saturday a No. 1 went down as Duke lost to then-No. 20 North Carolina State 84-76.
Carter-Williams had 16 points, Jerami Grant and C.J. Fair both had 10 for the Orange (17-1, 5-0) who won their seventh straight.
Russ Smith’s 25 points led Louisville (16-2, 4-1), which had its 11-game winning streak stopped.
No. 4 Kansas 64, Texas 59
Austin, Texas — Ben McLemore scored 16 points and Kansas stormed back from a late double-digit deficit for its 15th straight win.
Jeff Withey added 14 points and nine rebounds for the Jayhawks (16-1, 4-0 Big 12), who trailed by 11 points in the second half before McLemore steered a rally that prevented the reeling Longhorns (8-9, 0-4) from a badly needed victory.
No. 7 Arizona 71, Arizona St. 54
Tempe, Ariz. — Mark Lyons scored 24 points and Nick Johnson added 19 as Arizona pulled away in the second half.
Arizona (16-1, 4-1 Pac-12) went on the decisive run after Arizona State point guard Jahii Carson picked up his fourth foul midway through the second half.
No. 18 Michigan St. 59
No. 11 Ohio St. 56
East Lansing, Mich. — Keith Appling made two free throws with 7.9 seconds left and finished with 15 points to help No. 18 Michigan State beat Ohio State.
No. 10 Florida 83
No. 17 Missouri 52
Gainesville, Fla. — Scottie Wilbekin had 13 points and 10 assists for Florida.
The victory was coach Billy Donovan’s 400th with the Gators, making him the third coach in Southeastern Conference history to accomplish that feat with the same school.
Wichita St. 67, No. 12 Creighton 64
Wichita, Kan. — Carl Hall had 17 points and 13 rebounds and Malcolm Armstead hit two key free throws in the closing seconds for Wichita State.
Cleanthony Early added 13 points and Demetric Williams had 10 for the Shockers (17-2, 6-1 Missouri Valley Conference), who pushed their home-court winning streak to 17 games.
No. 16 Kansas St. 69, Oklahoma 60
Manhattan, Kan. — Rodney McGruder scored 20 points and Will Spradling added 15 for Kansas State.
Romero Osby and Amath M’Baye both scored 12 points for Oklahoma.
The Sooners (12-4, 3-1) kept pace with the Wildcats most of the way thanks to snagging 36 rebounds to Kansas State’s 24.
No. 21 Oregon 76, No. 24 UCLA 67
Los Angeles — Tony Woods scored 18 points and Oregon pulled away over the final 6 1/2 minutes to improve to 5-0 in Pac-12 play for the first time in 39 years.
Dominic Artis added 14 points, and Arsaian Kezemi had 12 points and 11 rebounds for the Ducks (16-2, 5-0 Pac-12).
No. 3 UConn 87, Syracuse 62
Hartford, Conn. — Stefanie Dolson scored a career-high 25 points to lead No. 3 Connecticut over Syracuse, handing the upstart Orange just their second loss of the season.
Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis also had 25 points and freshman Breanna Stewart, who grew up in Syracuse, added 20 for the Huskies (16-1, 4-1 Big East).
No. 16 Oklahoma 69, Texas 56
Norman, Okla. — Aaryn Ellenberg scored 22 points and No. 16 Oklahoma defeated Texas.
Joanna McFarland scored 15 points and Nicole Griffin scored 10 for the Sooners (15-3, 5-1 Big 12), who never trailed in bouncing back from an 82-61 loss to No. 24 Iowa State on Tuesday.