|Syracuse’s Andy Rautins and Brandon Triche try to get a hand on Jerome Dyson’s shot during the first half. (Kevin Rivoli/Associated Press)|
No. 2 Orange squeeze by UConn
Syracuse extends win streak to 11
Wes Johnson and Kris Joseph combined to make six straight free throws in the final 33 seconds, and No. 2 Syracuse held off Connecticut last night at the Carrier Dome, 72-67.
It was the 11th straight victory for Syracuse (24-1, 12-1 Big East) and it snapped a six-game skid against the Huskies in the regular season.
Syracuse opened the season with 13 wins before losing to Pittsburgh. It’s the first time in school history the Orange have had two 10-game winning streaks in one season.
Connecticut (14-10, 4-7) dropped to 0-6 on the road and 1-5 against ranked teams.
Duke 64, North Carolina 54 - Jon Scheyer scored 24 points and the eighth-ranked Blue Devils pulled away in the final minutes against the host Tar Heels.
Kyle Singler added 19 points for Duke (20-4, 8-2 ACC), which shot poorly all night. But boasting a bigger and tougher front line than in years past, Duke dominated the boards and got plenty of extra looks to make up for all those misses.
North Carolina (13-11, 2-7) has lost eight of 10.
Ohio State 69, Indiana 52 - William Buford scored 21 points and Kyle Madsen had a career-high 11, leading the No. 13 Buckeyes over the host Hoosiers.
Ohio State (19-6, 9-3 Big Ten) has won eight straight Big Ten games and four straight over Indiana (9-14, 3-8) - its longest run in the series since 1968-70.
Northern Iowa 57, Drake 48 - Adam Koch scored 12 points and the No. 19 Panthers (22-2, 13-1) clinched at least a share of the Missouri Valley title by beating the host Bulldogs (11-15, 6-8).
Miami 64, Georgia Tech 62 - After missing a chance to seal the win at the free-throw line, James Dews made a 15-footer at the buzzer to give the Hurricanes (17-7, 3-7 ACC) a home victory over the No. 20 Yellow Jackets (17-7, 5-5).
Baylor 55, Nebraska 53 - Ekpe Udoh scored with 25 seconds left to give the No. 24 Bears (18-5, 5-4 Big 12) a road win over the Cornhuskers (13-11, 1-8).
Holy Cross 70, Army 56 - Eric Meister scored 10 points, grabbed 9 rebounds, and set a school single-game record with 9 blocks as the Crusaders (7-17, 4-5 Patriot) beat the host Black Knights (13-10, 3-6).
Stony Brook 83, Maine 64 - Muhammad El-Amin scored 24 points as the Seawolves (17-7, 9-2 America East) coasted over the visiting Black Bears (16-9, 8-4).
Nebraska 67, Kansas 60 - Kelsey Griffin scored 17 points and the No. 3 Cornhuskers (22-0, 9-0 Big 12) remained unbeaten with a surprisingly tough road victory over the injury-depleted Jayhawks (14-8, 4-5).
Xavier 63, Saint Joseph’s 56 - Amber Harris steadied the No. 6 Musketeers (19-3, 9-0 Atlantic 10) through an off-day offensively, scoring a season-high 23 points in a home win against the visiting Hawks (12-12, 4-4).
Vermont 77, BU 59 - May Kotsopoulos led four players in double figures with 22 points for the Catamounts (20-5, 10-2 America East), and set a school single-game record by making all 13 of her free throws in a home win over the Terriers (12-11, 8-3).
Temple 66, UMass 54 - Qwedia Wallace scored 22 points, leading the host Owls (18-6, 7-2 Atlantic 10) over the visiting Minutewomen (9-15, 3-6).
Army 60, Holy Cross 54 - Erin Anthony had 21 points and 15 rebounds to pace the Black Knights (10-13, 4-5 Patriot) over the host Crusaders (7-17, 3-6).