College basketball roundup
The college basketball roundup …
SYRACUSE, N.Y. ó James Southerland and Brandon Triche each hit a pair of 3-pointers to key a 19-point first-half surge, and top-ranked Syracuse beat Tulane 80-61 on Thursday night to remain unbeaten.
Itís the third straight season Syracuse has won its first 13 games. The Orange have won three straight since reaching the top spot in the rankings 10 days ago, including victories over North Carolina State and Bucknell.
Tulane (11-2) had faced the No. 1 team in the nation twice before, losing to Cincinnati (72-59) in January 2000 and Memphis (97-71) in February 2008. The Green Wave has never defeated a top-five team and hasnít beaten a top-10 since a 49-47 victory over No. 9 Memphis in February 1983.
NO. 2 OHIO STATE 69, MIAMI (OHIO) 40
COLUMBUS, Ohio ó William Buford scored 18 points and Aaron Craft dominated at both ends for Ohio State.
Deshaun Thomas added 15 points and Jared Sullinger 11 for the Buckeyes (12-1), who won their 33rd straight at home. The game was played at Nationwide Arena, home of the NHLís Blue Jackets. The building will host second- and third-round NCAA tournament games in March.
NO. 3 KENTUCKY 87, LOYOLA (MD.) 63
LEXINGTON, Ky. ó Reserve Kyle Wiltjer scored a personal-best 24 points and a trio of freshmen sparked Kentucky on a 17-2 second-half run for the Wildcatsí 42nd straight home win.
Freshmen Wiltjer, Anthony Davis and Michael Kidd-Gilchrist all had afternoons to remember as Kentucky (11-1) heads into a five-day break before the schedule begins to ramp up.
NO. 8 CONNECTICUT 79, FAIRFIELD 71
HARTFORD, Conn. ó Shabazz Napier scored 24 points to lead Connecticut in the final game before coach Jim Calhoun serves a three-game suspension for NCAA recruiting violations.
Jeremy Lamb added 18 points and Andre Drummond had 16 points, nine rebounds, four steals and two blocks for the Huskies (10-1), who won their 41st straight non-conference game.
NO. 9 MISSOURI 78, NO. 25 ILLINOIS 74
ST. LOUIS ó Phil Pressey had 18 points, five assists and two steals, and Missouri held off a second-half charge by Illinois in the annual Bragginí Rights game.
Reserve Michael Dixon added 18 points and Ricardo Ratliffe had 14 for Missouri, which squandered a 13-point cushion before recovering late. The Tigers have won three straight in the series and theyíre 12-0 for the first time since a 19-0 start in 1981-82.
Joseph Bertrand came in off the bench and had a career-high 19 points on 9-for-9 shooting for Illinois (11-2) in its second loss in three games.
Brandon Paul added 19 points and nine rebounds for the Illini.
NO. 10 MARQUETTE 64, WISCONSIN-MILWAUKEE 50
MILWAUKEE (AP) ó Junior Cadougan tied his career high with 15 points and Marquette beat cross-town rival Wisconsin-Milwaukee for the 39th straight time.
Darius Johnson-Odom and Davante Gardner added 12 points each for Marquette (11-1), which was coming off its first loss of the season Monday at LSU. Cadougan also had a seven rebounds.
Ryan Allen led Milwaukee (9-4) with 16 points and a career-high 13 rebounds, and Kaylon Williams had 11 points.
Marquetteís 39-game winning streak against Milwaukee is the second-longest involving two Division I teams. Syracuse has beaten Colgate 45 straight times.
NO. 11 FLORIDA 82, FLORIDA STATE 64
GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) ó Bradley Beal scored 21 points and Patric Young added 15 to lead Florida to its fifth straight win overall and 12th straight at home.
The Seminoles (8-4) finished with 19 turnovers, including eight in the opening 10 minutes of the second half. All those errors helped fuel a decisive 15-2 spurt that turned a two-point game into a lopsided affair.
Luke Loucks led Florida State with 15 points and Terry Whisnant added 11.
Florida (10-2) had all five starters in double figures for the second consecutive game. Kenny Boynton had 14 points, Erik Murphy added 12 and Erving Walker chipped in 11.
NO. 16 GEORGETOWN 70, MEMPHIS 59
WASHINGTON (AP) ó Jason Clark scored 18 points and Hollis Thompson added 17 as Georgetown extended its winning streak to eight games.
Georgetown (10-1) held the lead for the entire game and opened the margin to as much as 20 points before a late surge by Memphis, although the Tigers were unable to complete the comeback.
Chris Crawford scored 17 and Will Barton had 12 points and 11 rebounds for Memphis, which has lost three of its last four games.
The teams were playing a rare non-conference rematch. Georgetown beat then-No. 8 Memphis 91-88 in overtime in the fifth-place game of the Maui Invitational on Nov. 23.
NO. 17 INDIANA 89, UMBC 47
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. (AP) ó Matt Roth scored a season-high 14 points on 4-of-5 shooting from beyond the arc to lead the depleted Hoosiers.
Indiana heated up from long range in the second half, shooting 69 percent (9 of 13) from the 3-point line after going 2 for 14 in the first half. Indiana came in as the No. 1 team in the country in 3-point field goal percentage at 47 percent.
Christian Watford led Indiana (12-0) with 22 points.
Chase Plummer, Quentin Jones and Ryan Cook each scored 10 points for the Retrievers (1-10).
Indiana outscored UMBC 52-24 in the second half.
NO. 18 MISSISSIPPI STATE 82, NORTHWESTERN STATE 67
JACKSON, Miss. (AP) ó Arnett Moultrie had 24 points and 14 rebounds for his seventh double-double of the season for Mississippi State.
Moultrie led a big night for the Bulldogsí big men. Reserve Wendell Lewis scored 14 points, while Renardo Sidney added nine points and four rebounds in the first half before sitting out the rest of the game because of a strained patella tendon in his left knee.
Mississippi State (12-1) has won 11 straight games.
Shamir Davis scored 15 points for Northwestern State (7-6), which pulled within 45-39 early in the second half before MSU responded with an 11-1 run.
NO. 19 MICHIGAN STATE 90, LEHIGH 81
EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) ó Keith Appling scored 19 points, including all 12 of his free throws, and had seven rebounds to lead Michigan State.
Reserve Draymond Green added 16 points and 10 rebounds for his seventh double-double this season for the Spartans (11-2), who have won 11 straight. The three-year captain was 7 minutes late for a morning meeting and shot just 5 for 17 from the field.
Branden Dawson had 14 points and eight rebounds, while surprise starter Austin Thornton added 11 points and seven boards.
Holden Greiner had 24 points for the Mountain Hawks (9-4), who had won nine of 10.
NO. 20 MICHIGAN 77, BRADLEY 66
ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) ó Evan Smotrycz had 20 points and 10 rebounds, and Tim Hardaway Jr. added a soaring dunk during a decisive run in the second half to lead Michigan.
The Wolverines (10-2) overcame uncharacteristically poor shooting in the first half. The game was tied at 45 in the second when Smotrycz made a 3-pointer to put Michigan ahead to stay. Bradley (5-7) still trailed by one at 50-49 when the Wolverines went on a 21-7 run.
Hardaway scored 16 points and Trey Burke added 12 points for the Wolverines.
Taylor Brown led the Braves with 17 points, including a 3-pointer from about 35 feet on the final shot of the first half that tied the game at 33.
NO. 23 CREIGHTON 87, NORTHWESTERN 79
OMAHA, Neb. (AP) ó Doug McDermott scored 18 of his 27 points in the second half and Creighton defeated a Big Ten opponent for the third time this season.
McDermottís performance trumped that of Northwesternís Drew Crawford, who scored 34 points to tie an opponent record at the CenturyLink Center.
Antoine Young scored 13 points, Gregory Echenique and Manigat had 11 apiece, and Wragge added 10 for Missouri Valley Conference favorite Creighton (10-1), which also has wins over the Big Tenís Iowa and Nebraska.
John Shurna had 18 points and Davide Curletti added 10 for Northwestern (10-2).
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BOONE ó Andre Williamson scored 16 points, including Appalachian Stateís last five, as the Mountaineers overcame a 12-point deficit and then held off Campbell 77-74 Thursday night to snap a four-game skid.
A Williamson layup gave Appalachian State (5-6) a 75-71 lead with 1:02 to play. Marvelle Harris answered with a layup, then with 4.4 seconds left missed the second of two free throws that could have tied it at 75.
Williamson rebounded and knocked down two foul shots with 3.1 seconds remaining.
Lorne Merthieís deep 3-pointer at the buzzer missed to the right and the Camels (8-5) suffered their second straight loss in the final seconds. On Monday, UNC Wilmington claimed a 67-65 win on a tip-in with 1.4 seconds to play.
GREENSBORO ó Bradford Burgess scored 19 points and set a Virginia Commonwealth school record for consecutive starts as the Rams won their sixth straight with an 80-68 win over UNC Greensboro on Thursday night.
With his 122nd straight start, Burgess eclipsed the record held by Michael Brown, who started every game from 1981-84.
Leading 45-43 with 14:17 to play, Virginia Commonwealth (9-3) went on a 16-4 run, capped by eight straight points by Rob Brandenberg, who finished with 17 points.
The Spartans (2-11) could get no closer than eight the rest of the way.
Juvonte Reddic added 15 points for the Rams.