College basketball roundup
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SYRACUSE, N.Y. — Syracuse was teetering on the brink again against Pittsburgh. This time the top-ranked Orange found a way to win.
Dion Waiters had 16 points and Scoop Jardine had 12 points and 10 assists as Syracuse held off the Panthers 71-63 on Monday night to open the season with 20 straight wins and snap a five-game losing streak to Pittsburgh.
The Orange (20-0, 7-0 Big East) set a school record for most consecutive victories to start a season and it was win No. 876 for coach Jim Boeheim, tying him with Adolph Rupp of Kentucky for fourth place all-time in Division I. North Carolina’s Dean Smith is third with 879.
NO. 7 KANSAS 92, NO. 3 BAYLOR 74
LAWRENCE, Kan. — Thomas Robinson had 27 points and 14 rebounds, Tyshawn Taylor matched a career-high with 28 points and No. 7 Kansas rolled to a 92-74 victory over No. 3 Baylor on Monday night, ending the Bears’ perfect start.
Travis Releford and Elijah Johnson added 11 points each for the Jayhawks (15-3, 5-0 Big 12), who won their 16th straight game at Allen Fieldhouse and 10th in a row at home over the Bears. Kansas is 17-2 against them all-time.
A trendy pick to end the Jayhawks’ seven-year stranglehold on the conference, Baylor (17-1, 4-1) had been riding the longest winning streak in school history to its best start ever.
Perry Jones III scored 18 points, Quincy Miller had 17 and Quincy Acy added 14, but the long and lean Bears were dominated in the paint and had no answer for the combination of Robinson and Taylor, one of the best inside-outside tandems in the nation.
NO. 5 MISSOURI 70, TEXAS A&M 51
COLUMBIA, Mo. — Reserve Michael Dixon scored 18 points and helped spark a 17-0 first-half run as Missouri snapped an eight-game losing streak to the Aggies.
The Tigers (17-1, 4-1 Big 12) started the game by making only five of their first 14 shots from the field against the conference’s best scoring defense. But Dixon’s 3-pointer with 7:22 remaining in the first half started the 17-0 run that gave Missouri a 31-17 lead.
NO. 21 MARQUETTE 74, NO. 23 LOUISVILLE 63
MILWAUKEE — Darius Johnson-Odom scored 19 points and DaVante Gardner added 17 points and six rebounds to lead Marquette.
The Golden Eagles (15-4, 4-2 Big East) won their third straight conference game after losing to No. 10 Georgetown and top-ranked Syracuse.
Louisville (14-5, 2-4) has lost three of its last four conference games, including a 90-57 loss to Providence.
Jae Crowder added 14 points for Marquette, which trailed 18-2 after 7 minutes.
RUTGERS 65, NOTRE DAME 58
PISCATAWAY, N.J.— Eli Carter had 13 points to lead a balanced attack as Rutgers took a 65-58 victory over Notre Dame on Monday night.
Jerome Seagears, who hit four big free throws in the final minute, and Austin Johnson each had 10 points for Rutgers (11-8, 3-3 Big East), which is off to its best conference start since going 4-2 in 2003-04.
Gilvydas Biruta and Mike Pool added nine points apiece for the Scarlet Knights.
Eric Atkins had 15 points for the Irish, (11-8, 3-3), who dropped to 1-7 in games away from home. Scott Martin added 11 points and Jack Cooley had nine points and nine rebounds.
Notre Dame trailed the entire second half but pulled within 61-57 with 1:10 left. Seagears then hit two free throws and, after Atkins made 1 of 2, Seagears hit two more to make it 65-58 with 23.8 seconds remaining.