Top 25/ Big Ten: Syracuse edges Duke in overtime thriller

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No. 2 Syracuse 91, No. 17 Duke 89, OT: Jerami Grant scored eight points in overtime to finish with a career-high 24, and host Syracuse held off Duke last night in an Atlantic Coast Conference game.

The game pitted the two winningest coaches in Division I history, and Jim Boeheim picked up a game on Mike Krzyzewski as the Orange (21-0, 8-0) set a school record for consecutive wins to start a season.

C.J. Fair scored a career-best 28 for Syracuse.

Jabari Parker had 15 points and nine rebounds before fouling out in regulation for the Blue Devils (17-5, 6-3).



Georgetown 64, No. 7 Michigan State 60: Markel Starks scored 16 points and Georgetown (12-9) ended a five-game losing streak with a victory over short-handed Michigan State (19-3) in New York.

The Spartans, who played without injured frontcourt players Adreian Payne and Branden Dawson, had a tough time shooting (39.6 percent from the field). Gary Harris led the team with 20 points.


Northwestern 55, Minnesota 54: Drew Crawford scored 17 points, JerShon Cobb had 15 and Northwestern (12-11, 5-5) defeated Minnesota (15-7, 4-5) for its third straight Big Ten road victory.

The Wildcats’ most recent three-game conference road winning streak occurred in 1960, according to the Big Ten Network.

Northwestern has won five of its past seven games overall to move into fourth place in the Big Ten.

The Golden Gophers had the ball at the end but missed a layup and a put-back in the final seconds.

No. 15 Iowa 81, Illinois 74: Gabriel Olaseni had 15 points and 12 rebounds and Iowa overcame host Illinois’ furious comeback in a Big Ten game.

The Hawkeyes (17-5, 6-3) led by 21 just over 12 minutes into the game, but the Illini (13-9, 2-7) rallied to take the lead midway through the second half.

Iowa stayed close and took the lead for good at 72-70 with 3:50 to play. Illinois has lost seven straight.


No. 25 Texas 81, No. 6 Kansas 69: Isaiah Taylor scored 23 points, Jonathan Holmes had 22 and Texas (17-4, 6-2) rolled over visiting Kansas (16-5, 7-1) for its sixth consecutive victory in the Big 12.

The Longhorns, who lost their top four scorers from last season’s 16-18 squad, have been the surprise of the conference. They have four consecutive wins over top-25 opponents and sit in second place after dominating the team ahead of them, one that had been playing as well as any in the country in recent weeks.

Jayhawks freshman Andrew Wiggins, who averaged 24 points over the previous three games, scored seven before fouling out.

No.  4 Wichita State 81, Evansville 67: Fred VanVleet and Ron Baker scored 14 points apiece for Wichita State (23-0, 10-0), which spotted Evansville (10-13, 3-7) an early 15-point lead, went on a 27-4 run to lead by six at halftime and coasted in the second half in a Missouri Valley Conference game.

Baylor 76, No. 8 Oklahoma State 70: Brady Heslip scored a season-high 20 points and Baylor (14-7, 2-6) defeated Oklahoma State (16-5, 4-4) to end a five-game losing streak in the Big 12.


No. 1 Connecticut 86, Cincinnati 29: Bria Hartley and Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis each scored 17 points for Connecticut (23-0, 10-0), which bolted to a 30-point lead by limiting host Cincinnati (9-12, 2-8) to 11 points in the first half of an American Athletic Conference game.

Minnesota 85, Michigan 69: Amanda Zahui and Rachel Banham scored 24 points apiece for Minnesota (14-9, 3-6), which outscored host Michigan (14-8, 5-4) 51-31 in the second half of a Big Ten game.

Nebraska 80, Iowa 67: Tear’a Laudermill scored 26 points and Jordan Hooper 25 for Nebraska (15-5, 5-3), which defeated host Iowa (17-6, 5-4) and skipped over the Hawkeyes into third place in the Big Ten.

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