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NCAA BASKETBALL: Syracuse stays unbeaten

by The Associated Press on December 29, 2013 1:49 AM

Trevor Cooney scored 21 points, Tyler Ennis had 20 and C.J. Fair added 17 Saturday, rallying No. 2 Syracuse past No. 8 Villanova 78-62 in a game between two of nine unbeaten teams left in Division I.

Syracuse (12-0) was the third unbeaten ranked team the Wildcats (11-1) had faced this season. Villanova handed then-No. 2 Kansas its first loss of the season a month ago in the semifinals of the Battle 4 Atlantis and came back the next night and defeated No. 23 Iowa in overtime.

Villanova dropped to 13-16 against Syracuse in the Carrier Dome, the best mark of any team that’s played 10 games under the Orange’s Teflon roof, and 4-5 since Jay Wright took over as coach of the Wildcats in 2001.

James Bell hit a career-high six 3-pointers and matched his career high with 25 points to lead Villanova before fouling out with 1:42 left.

 

No. 4 WISCONSIN 80, PRAIRIE VIEW A&M 43: Sam Dekker had 16 points and 11 rebounds for his third career double-double as Wisconsin improved to 13-0 for its best start since the 1913-14 squad went 15-0.

Ben Brust scored 11 for the Badgers in their nonconference finale. Frank Kaminsky and Nigel Hayes added 10 points apiece. Montrael Scott scored 14 to lead the Panthers (2-10), who finished 1-8 on a nine-game road swing.

Playing for the first time in two weeks, the Badgers were a little rusty from 3-point range. Averaging 40 percent coming in, they finishing 9-for-27 from beyond the arc. However, everything else was working as they dominated at the free-throw line and in rebounding while committing just two turnovers.

 

No. 5 MICHIGAN STATE 101, NEW ORLEANS 48: Keith Appling scored 16 of his career-high tying 27 points in the first half to help Michigan State rout New Orleans.

The Spartans (11-1) struggled for several minutes before taking control with a 12-0 run midway through the first half. They led 44-27 at halftime and easily added to their comfortable cushion in the second half. Matt Derenbecker scored 16 points and Cory Dixon had 11 for the Privateers (3-5), who had won two straight.

 

No. 18 KENTUCKY 73, NO. 6 LOUISVILLE 66: Kentucky guards Andrew and Aaron Harrison combined for 28 points, including 11 during a critical second-half stretch with star Julius Randle sidelined by cramps, helping the Wildcats beat Louisville.

Randle’s 17 first-half points staked Kentucky (10-3) to a 41-36 halftime lead before the 6-foot-9 forward went to the locker room early in the second with leg cramps. He returned but cramped again and spent the rest of the game on the bench.

The Harrison twins amply filled the void, turning a 52-51 deficit with 11:01 remaining into a 68-58 lead with four minutes left. Andrew Harrison and James Young each scored 18 points with Young adding a key 3-pointer during the 17-6 run that helped Kentucky beat Louisville (11-2) for the fifth time in six meetings.

 

No. 9 DUKE 82, EASTERN MICHIGAN 59: Jabari Parker scored 23 points and Duke cruised past Eastern Michigan.

Andre Dawkins added 20 points with a season-high six 3-pointers as a late replacement for an ill Rodney Hood in the starting lineup. Rasheed Sulaimon had 13 points and came up with the key hustle play during the decisive second-half run that helped the Blue Devils (10-2) polish off their fourth straight win.

They shot 40 percent against Eastern Michigan’s tough matchup zone defense with 10 3-pointers, built a 47-32 advantage on the boards and wrapped up the pre-ACC home schedule with their 101st straight nonconference win at Cameron Indoor Stadium.

Mike Talley scored 20 points to lead the Eagles (7-4). They went 6 minutes between field goals during the critical stretch when Duke pulled away.

 

No. 15 CONNECTICUT 82, E. WASHINGTON 65: Shabazz Napier had 15 points and nine assists to lead UConn in a home game played 80 miles from campus.

Napier led a balanced attack in which five Huskies reached double figures. Ryan Boatright had 14 points and Niels Giffey, making his first start this season, added 13 for Connecticut (11-1).

Tyler Harvey scored 19 points to lead Eastern Washington (5-6), which trailed by just six points midway through the second half. Ognjen Miljkovic added 15 points and Drew Brandon 13 for the Eagles, who took 28 shots from 3-point range and made nine.

The game at the Webster Bank Arena marked the first time the Huskies played in Bridgeport.

 

No. 17 MEMPHIS 75, JACKSON STATE 61: Michael Dixon scored 14 points, Shaq Goodwin had 13 points and seven rebounds, and Memphis never trailed.

David Pellom had 12 points with all five of his field goals coming off dunks from fast-breaks and rebounds. Joe Jackson scored 11 for Memphis (9-2).

Julysses Nobles led Jackson State (4-8) with 20 points, despite going 6 of 16 from the field.

Brandon West scored 14, connecting on 7 of 10 shots and was instrumental in keeping Jackson State in the game during the first half.

 

No. 23 UMASS 69, PROVIDENCE 67: Derrick Gordon’s put-back with 1.1 seconds left in overtime lifted Massachusetts past Providence.

Gordon grabbed the rebound after a 3-point attempt by Trey Davis came up short. The Friars’ Bryce Cotton had tied the score at 67 after connecting from beyond the arc with 37 seconds remaining in the extra session.

Cady Lalanne led UMass (11-1) with 14 points and 11 rebounds with Davis and Sampson Carter each scoring 12 points. Cotton finished with 24 points, five rebounds and five assists for Providence (10-3).

The Friars forced regulation on the strength of a 13-3 run over the final 4:01 of the second half.

 

No. 25 Missouri 68, N.C. State 64: Jabari Brown hit the go-ahead 3-pointer with 55.1 seconds left to help No. 25 Missouri beat North Carolina State.

Brown’s 3 over Wolfpack freshman Anthony “Cat” Barber was the biggest shot in a back-and-forth final 4 minutes that saw the teams trade the lead three times before Brown’s shot made it 63-62.

Jordan Clarkson scored 21 points to lead the Tigers (11-1), including two free throws with 20.1 seconds left that pushed the lead to 65-62.

T.J. Warren scored 24 points to lead the Wolfpack (9-3), but didn’t score for the final 12 minutes as N.C. State lost despite twice leading by 10 points.

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