College basketball notebook: Cincinnati just misses chance to foil Syracuse
Syracuse’s, from left, Jerami Grant, C.J. Fair and Baye Moussa apply pressure to David Nyarsuk of Cincinnati.
Cincinnati’s Cashmere Wright searched for one last opening, a victory over No. 3 Syracuse within his grasp.
But when his long shot from straight on with 2.9 seconds left bounced off the rim yesterday, the Orange escaped with a 57-55 victory over the visiting No. 21 Bearcats.
“I love his confidence, but I would rather have thrown the ball in the high post in that scenario,” Cincinnati coach Mick Cronin said.
“It looked great,” added Sean Kilpatrick, who led Cincinnati with 21 points. “It just rolled right in and out. We needed him to take the shots he took. Great shooters aren’t going to always make every shot.”
C.J. Fair was credited with the tipped, go-ahead basket with 19.4 seconds left as the Orange rallied from seven points down with just over five minutes to play. Syracuse had tied it at 55 on Michael Carter-Williams’ three-pointer from the top of the key with 1:20 left, and Fair’s tip came after Jerami Grant drove the lane and missed against 6-foot-10 Cheikh Mbodj.
“They got a tip-in that we didn’t expect them to get,” said Kilpatrick, who made 6 of 15 three-pointers. “That’s what’s going to happen when two teams are competing like that at such a high level and everyone is going after the same rebound. We all hit it at the same time, and it just rolled right in.”
The Orange (18-1, 6-0 Big East) outscored the Bearcats (16-4, 4-3) 13-4 in the final minutes as Fair and Brandon Triche each finished with 13 points. JaQuon Parker had 11 points and six rebounds for Cincinnati, which outrebounded Syracuse 38-18, 16-7 on the offensive glass.
Wright, who suffered a sprained right knee Tuesday against DePaul and did not play in Cincinnati’s overtime victory against Marquette on Saturday, finished with five points on 2-of-13 shooting. He was 1 of 8 on threes.
Georgetown 63, No. 24 Notre Dame 47 — Otto Porter scored 19 points for Georgetown (13-4, 3-3 Big East), which handed Notre Dame is third loss in four games. The host Irish (15-4, 3-3) recorded season lows in points scored, field- goal percentage (35 percent) and assists (11).
Wright State 64, Detroit 62 — Kendall Griffin scored 15 points, and Wright State (14-5, 5-1 Horizon), which never trailed, withstood a late rally by host Detroit (12-8, 4-3).
No. 8 Penn State 59, No. 23 Michigan 49 — Maggie Lucas scored 19 points and Alex Bentley 16 for Penn State (15-2, 5-0), which took over sole possession of first place in the Big Ten. Rachel Sheffer had 20 points and 10 rebounds for host Michigan (15-3, 4-1), which saw a10-game winning streak end. The Wolverines made 6 of 26 three-pointers.