NCAA BASKETBALL ROUNDUP: Syracuse moves to 23-0
C.J. Fair scored 19 points, Jerami Grant added 12, and top-ranked Syracuse beat Clemson 57-44 on Sunday night to remain unbeaten.
Syracuse (23-0, 10-0 Atlantic Coast Conference) extended its school record for wins to start a season and matched the program mark for consecutive wins, established in the 1916-17 and 1917-18 seasons. It was the third meeting between the teams and first in Syracuse, and the Orange’s first victory.
It was the 10th time Clemson (15-7, 6-4) had faced the No. 1 team in the nation, and the Tigers have yet to win.
Trevor Cooney finished with 11 points for the Orange, and Tyler Ennis had six points, five assists and one turnover. Grant also had eight rebounds, and Fair grabbed seven.
K.J. McDaniels, the only player in the country leading his team in scoring, rebounding, blocks, steals and 3-pointers, had 19 points, 10 rebounds and two blocks for Clemson.
NO. 2 ARIZONA 76, OREGON ST. 54: Aaron Gordon had 17 points, Rondae Hollis-Jefferson added 16, and Arizona found its shooting touch in a win over Oregon State.
After two weeks of struggles on offense, Arizona (23-1, 10-1 Pac-12) finally found some answers in its second game without injured forward Brandon Ashley. The Wildcats took control with a big run to end the first half and kept the Beavers from mounting a rally by shooting 50 percent.
T.J. McConnell had 11 points, six rebounds and six assists for Arizona, which has won 30 of its past 31 against the Beavers at McKale Center.
Oregon State (13-10, 5-6) had little chance against the athletic Wildcats, unable to spring Roberto Nelson or chip away at Arizona’s 10-point halftime lead.
Nelson, the Pac-12’s leading scorer, had 10 points on 3-for-12 shooting. Angus Brandt led the Beavers with 14 points.
WISCONSIN 60, NO. 9 MICHIGAN ST. 58: Traevon Jackson hit a pull-up jumper with 2.1 seconds left for Wisconsin, seconds after Michigan State’s Adreian Payne tied it with a 3-pointer.
The Badgers (19-5, 6-5 Big Ten) committed 14 turnovers, six more than their NCAA-leading 8.3 per game, but gutted out a win.
A desperation 3 by Michigan State (20-4, 9-2) from midcourt banged off the rim as time expired, and Wisconsin snapped a three-game skid at home.
Nigel Hayes led Wisconsin with 14 points, and Sam Dekker had 11.
Payne scored 24 points and Travis Trice added 13 for Michigan State. Big Ten leading scorer Gary Harris was held to six points on 3-for-20 shooting. He was shadowed most of the afternoon by defensive specialist Josh Gasser.
Spartans guard Keith Appling sat out a second straight game with a wrist injury.
ST. JOHN’S 70, NO. 12 CREIGHTON 65: D’Angelo Harrison scored 19 points, including the go-ahead 3-pointer with 2:08 to play, and St. John’s beat Creighton for its sixth win in seven games.
Chris Obekpa tied his career high with 11 points for the Red Storm (15-9, 5-6 Big East), who avenged their only loss during that seven-game stretch.
Doug McDermott matched his nation-leading average with 25 points for the Bluejays (19-4, 9-2), who had won 14 of 15 and were tied for first place in the conference with Villanova. McDermott didn’t score over the final 8:40.
McDermott had 39 points when the teams met two weeks ago, including a long 3-pointer with 2.4 seconds left for a 63-60 victory.
NO. 22 UCONN 75, UCF 55: Lasan Kromah and Shabazz Napier each had 17 points and seven rebounds as Connecticut easily defeated skidding Central Florida.
DeAndre Daniels had 16 points and seven rebounds for the Huskies (18-5, 6-4 American Athletic Conference), and Ryan Boatright scored 11. UConn led by 17 at halftime and withstood a mild second-half rally by the Knights to win for the fourth time in five games.
Isaiah Sykes led UCF (9-11, 1-8) with 17 points, and reserve Justin McBride added 13, all in the second half. The Knights, who have lost eight straight, didn’t have another player in double figures and shot just 39.2 percent from the floor.