SYRACUSE, N.Y. — Jim Boeheim notched his 903rd career victory, breaking a tie with Bob Knight for second all-time among Division I men's coaches, and No. 7 Syracuse rolled past Rutgers 78-53 on Wednesday night in the Big East opener for both teams.
Boeheim, in his 37th season at his alma mater, trails only Duke's Mike Krzyzewski, who has 940 victories.
Syracuse (13-1, 1-0) has won 33 straight home games, the longest active streak in the nation, and has beaten Rutgers (9-3, 0-1) 13 straight times. The Orange's last home loss was to Georgetown, 64-56, on Feb. 9, 2011.
Brandon Triche had a season-high 25 points, hitting 5 of 7 3-point attempts, and added six assists to lead Syracuse. Michael Carter-Williams finished with 12 points and 10 assists, his eighth double-double, and C.J. Fair had 15 points and three blocks.
CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Ryan Kelly scored 18 points to help No. 1 Duke remain unbeaten with a victory over Davidson.
Quinn Cook scored 15 points and Mason Plumlee scored eight of his 10 in the second half for the Blue Devils (13-0), who are one of only four undefeated teams remaining in Division I.
The game was tied 29-all at halftime before Duke opened the second half with a 12-0 run. The Blue Devils, who led by as many as 19 in the second half, heated up from 3-point range after the break, going 3 for 4 in the early minutes of the period.
LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Russ Smith scored a game-high 23 points and No. 4 Louisville shot 53 percent to run away from Providence in the Big East Conference opener for both teams.
Gorgui Dieng and Luke Hancock each added 11 points and Chane Behanan and Peyton Siva had 10 each as the Cardinals (13-1, 1-0) won their eighth straight.
Louisville, coming off Saturday's 80-77 victory over archrival Kentucky, didn't let down against Providence. Motivated by the memory of last season's 31-point road loss to the Friars, the Cardinals responded by handing Providence its worst defeat of the season.
Besides forcing 16 turnovers that led to 27 points, Louisville broke the game open in the second half with 63 percent shooting (15 of 24) after hitting 15 of 33 from the field before halftime.
Kadeem Batts had 17 points to lead Providence (8-5, 0-1)), which fell to 0-7 all-time in Louisville.
COLUMBUS, Ohio — Deshaun Thomas outscored Nebraska in the first half 18-17 and finished with 22 points to lead No. 8 Ohio State past the Cornhuskers in the Big Ten opener for both teams.
Lenzelle Smith Jr. added 17 points for Ohio State (11-2, 1-0), which won its 15th consecutive Big Ten home opener. The Buckeyes have a tough test on Saturday at No. 11 Illinois.
The Buckeyes led by at least 20 points for almost all of the second half.
How bad was it for the Cornhuskers (9-5, 0-1)? Only 8:27 remained when they finally exceeded the 31 points that their football counterparts scored in a 14-point loss to Georgia in the Capital One Bowl a day earlier.
Ray Gallegos had 14 points to lead Nebraska, which shot 29 percent from the field.
VILLANOVA — Ryan Arcidiacono scored 32 points and JayVaughn Pinkston had 26 to lead Villanova to overtime win over St. John's.
Darrun Hilliard was clutch down the stretch and into OT for the Wildcats (10-4, 1-0) in their Big East opener. Hilliard's three free throws tied the game late in regulation. He made the go-ahead free throws and followed with a layup to give Villanova a fast four-point lead in OT.
INDIANAPOLIS — Roosevelt Jones scored a career-high 24 points to lead No. 17 Butler over Penn, the Bulldogs' eighth consecutive victory.
Butler (11-2) has opened the new year with a victory for the ninth straight season.
Miles Cartwright led Penn (2-10) with 15 points and Tony Hicks added 10.
The Quakers trailed 52-49 with under 9 minutes remaining in the game before an 18-8 run sealed the win for the Bulldogs.
NORMAL, Ill. — Junior forward Ethan Wragge was 6 of 9 from 3-point range for his 18 points to lead No. 16 Creighton to a victory over Illinois State.
Grant Gibbs had 16 points for the Bluejays (13-1, 2-0 Missouri Valley Conference), while leading scoring Doug McDermott (23.5 points per game) finished with 15 points and nine rebounds.
FORT WORTH, Texas — Brittney Griner had 24 points — including a dunk — and 12 rebounds to lead No. 2 Baylor to a win over Big 12 newcomer TCU in the conference opener for both teams.
Odyssey Sims scored 14 points and Brooklyn Pope added 12 for the Lady Bears (11-1, 1-0), who took control with a 20-0 run in the first half to win their eighth straight game.
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. — Courtney Moses hit a jumper with 3 seconds left in overtime, giving No. 14 Purdue a victory over Illinois in the Big Ten Conference opener for both teams.
Alexis Smith's layup with 23 seconds to play had put Illinois ahead 66-65, but Moses, who scored 16 points, helped the Boilermakers (12-2) steal the win. KK Houser led Purdue with 20 points but committed nine turnovers, and Sam Ostarello pulled down 12 rebounds and scored seven points.
STILLWATER, Okla. — Chynna Brown scored 15 points, including a tie-breaking 3-pointer with 45 seconds to play, and Texas Tech defeated No. 13 Oklahoma State in the Big 12 opener for both schools.
Kelsi Baker had 14 points and six rebounds as the Lady Raiders (11-2) stopped Oklahoma State's winning streak at 17 games. The streak, which extended to last season's Cowgirls WNIT title, had been the longest in the nation.
LAWRENCE, Kan. — Angel Goodrich scored 17 points to lead No. 21 Kansas over Kansas State in the Big 12 Conference opener for both teams.
Haley Texada led Kansas State (9-4) with 21 points.
Goodrich, leading five Jayhawks (10-2) in double figures, had nine assists. Senior Monica Engelman, who scored 10 points, became the 25th player in Kansas history to score 1,000 points in a career.