LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Brandon Triche scored 23 points and Michael Carter-Williams scored the final four points as No. 6 Syracuse rallied to upset No. 1 Louisville 70-68 on Saturday in a showdown of unbeaten Big East Conference teams.
It was the second straight Saturday No. 1 went down as Duke lost to then-No. 20 North Carolina State 84-76.
It was the Orange's third straight win over the Cardinals.
Carter-Williams had 16 points, Jerami Grant and C.J. Fair both had 10 for the Orange (17-1, 5-0) who won their seventh straight.
Russ Smith's 25 points led Louisville (16-2, 4-1), which had its 11-game winning streak stopped.
Trailing 48-40 4 minutes into the second half, Syracuse's 12-4 run tied it with 10 minutes remaining. Triche and Carter-Williams combined to score 12 straight points in a 16-10 spurt for a 66-62 lead with 4:37 left.
Smith's four free throws led Louisville's 6-0 run for a two-point lead with 1:58 left before Carter-Williams sandwiched two free throws around a steal and dunk for the Orange's final points.
Louisville's chance to tie ended with a bad pass inside to Gorgui Dieng in the final seconds, which Syracuse recovered to seal the victory.
Triche finished 9 of 13 from the field including 5 of 7 from 3-point range. Syracuse shot 24 of 49 (49 percent) overall and outrebounded Louisville 36-31.
The Orangemen forced just nine turnovers, but the last two were huge and helped Carter-Williams avoid being the goat. His second miss of two free throws with 53.3 seconds left denied Syracuse a chance to tie the game but he followed 30 seconds later with a steal and dunk for the lead.
EAST LANSING, Mich. — Keith Appling made two free throws with 7.9 seconds left and finished with 15 points to help No. 18 Michigan State beat Ohio State.
The Buckeyes had a chance to potentially tie the game in the closing seconds, but Shannon Scott didn't come close on a running 3-point attempt.
Deshaun Thomas, who scored a career Big Ten-high 28 points, was upset Scott didn't pass him the ball. Thomas wanted a shot to send the game into overtime after he had made six 3-pointers in regulation.
LARAMIE, Wyo. — Leonard Washington had 14 points and 14 rebounds to help Wyoming beat a cold shooting No. 15 San Diego State.
Larry Nance Jr. added 11 points and 12 rebounds, and Derrious Gilmore had 13 points for the Cowboys (15-2, 2-2 Mountain West).
Wyoming's win snapped a five-game losing streak to the Aztecs.
SDSU (14-4, 2-2) lost its second game in a row, the first time this season the Aztecs have lost back-to-back games. SDSU fell to UNLV on Wednesday.
Jamaal Franklin led SDSU with 13 points — 5 points below his season average.
The Aztecs, who entered the game averaging 72 points, struggled from the field Saturday night. They hit just 29 percent (17-of-59), making just 2-of-18 3-point attempts.
SOUTH BEND, Ind. — Jack Cooley had 19 points, 10 rebounds and blocked a shot with 2 seconds left to help No. 20 Notre Dame hang on for a win over Rutgers, ending a two-game losing streak for the Fighting Irish.
Rutgers used a 6-1 run late to close to 67-66 when Eli Carter scored on a layup with 7 seconds left then forced a held ball on Eric Atkins two seconds later. Carter drove inside for the layup, but Cooley blocked the shot. Atkins then made a pair of free throws for the Irish (15-3, 3-2 Big East).
Myles Mack 3-point attempt at the buzzer missed as the Scarlet Knights (14-4, 3-3) lost for the ninth straight time at Notre Dame.
Pat Connaughton made four 3-pointers and added 17 points and Atkins had 14.
Carter led Rutgers with 20 points and Mack had 12.
CINCINNATI — Sean Kilpatrick scored seven of his career-high 36 points in overtime Saturday night, and Cincinnati blew a 16-point lead before rallying to a victory over No. 25 Marquette, ending the Bearcats' streak of three straight home losses.
Cincinnati (16-3, 4-2 Big East) pulled it out without point guard Cashmere Wright, who sprained his right knee during a 75-70 win at DePaul on Tuesday night. Without him, the Bearcats depended almost solely on Kilpatrick for points.
His driving layup with 4.3 seconds left in overtime broke the final tie. Junior Cadougan missed a driving jumper before the buzzer.
PITTSBURGH — Rob Brandenberg scored 22 points and No. 22 VCU dominated in winning its 13th consecutive game.
The Rams' Treveon Graham had 17 of his 20 points in the first half, when VCU (16-3, 4-0 Atlantic 10) used a 26-2 run to seize control. It would cruise to extend what is the nation's second-longest active winning streak.
VCU coach Shaka Smart became the second-youngest coach to reach 100 career victories. The 35-year-old needed 131 games, 30th-fewest in NCAA history. Only 11 other coaches reached 100 wins in their first four seasons, including Butler's Brad Stevens. He was 34 when he won his 100th game.
Derrick Colter had 15 points to lead the Dukes (7-11, 0-4), who have lost six straight.
AUSTIN, Texas — Ben McLemore scored 16 points and Kansas stormed back from a late double-digit deficit for its 15th straight win.
Jeff Withey added 14 points and nine rebounds for the Jayhawks (16-1, 4-0 Big 12), who trailed by 11 points in the second half before McLemore steered a rally that prevented the reeling Longhorns (8-9, 0-4) from a badly needed victory in this troubled season.
Travis Releford added 12 points for Kansas.
Sheldon McClennan led the Longhorns with 18 points. Texas has lost four straight, its longest losing streak since coach Rick Barnes' first season in 1998-99.
TEMPE, Ariz. — Mark Lyons scored 24 points and Nick Johnson added 19 as Arizona pulled away in the second half.
Arizona (16-1, 4-1 Pac-12) went on the decisive run after Arizona State point guard Jahii Carson picked up his fourth foul midway through the second half. Solomon Hill added 13 points for the Wildcats, who scored 18 points off turnovers and outscored the Sun Devils by 14 inside.
Arizona State (14-4, 3-2) never recovered after Arizona's run, thanks to 17 turnovers and a quiet game by second-leading scorer Carrick Felix, who had 5 points on 1-of-8 shooting.
Carson had 22 points and four assists, and Evan Gordon added 14 points for the Sun Devils.
GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Scottie Wilbekin had 13 points and 10 assists, his first career double-double, for Florida.
The victory was coach Billy Donovan's 400th with the Gators, making him the third coach in Southeastern Conference history to accomplish that feat with the same school. He joined Kentucky's Adolph Rupp and LSU's Dale Brown in the 400-win club.
Erik Murphy scored 15 points despite playing with a broken finger for the Gators (14-2, 4-0 SEC), who won their sixth straight, and Kenny Boynton added 14.
WICHITA, Kan. — Carl Hall had 17 points and 13 rebounds and Malcolm Armstead hit two key free throws in the closing seconds for Wichita State.
Cleanthony Early added 13 points and Demetric Williams had 10 for the Shockers (17-2, 6-1 Missouri Valley Conference), who pushed their home-court winning streak to 17 games.
Doug McDermott finished with 25 points for the Bluejays (17-2, 6-1), but he never got the ball with the game on the line. Instead, Ethan Wragge misfired on a potential tying 3 with 6 seconds left, and then had another chance when Hall missed two free throws at the other end.
MANHATTAN, Kan. — Rodney McGruder scored 20 points and Will Spradling added 15 for Kansas State.
Romero Osby and Amath M'Baye both scored 12 points for Oklahoma.
The Sooners (12-4, 3-1) kept pace with the Wildcats most of the way thanks to snagging 36 rebounds to Kansas State's 24. That would not be enough to counteract the damage done by turnovers; Oklahoma gave the ball away 16 times.
LOS ANGELES — Tony Woods scored 18 points and Oregon pulled away over the final 6 1-2 minutes to improve to 5-0 in Pac-12 play for the first time in 39 years.
Dominic Artis added 14 points, and Arsaian Kezemi had 12 points and 11 rebounds for the Ducks (16-2, 5-0 Pac-12), who snapped the Bruins' 10-game winning streak, including eight straight victories at home.
UCLA (15-4, 5-1) led by three points at halftime after shooting 55 percent. They led by five early in the second half and tied the game at 52-all before the Ducks' defense stepped up and sent the Bruins' shooting into a tailspin.
PROVIDENCE, R.I. — Bryce Cotton scored 24 points, and Vincent Council added 15, leading Providence to a victory over Villanova.
The game was a tale of two halves for Providence (10-8, 2-4 Big East). The Friars trailed 31-24 at halftime, but outscored Villanova (11-7, 2-3) 45-35 in the second half.
JayVaughn Pinkston paced the Wildcats from the start, scoring 10 of Villanova's first 13 points. The Wildcats went on a 15-2 run over a 4-minute span late in the first half.
Villanova found itself in foul trouble with 14 fouls in the first half, putting the Friars in the bonus at 10:33. But Providence could not capitalize at first, making just five of its first 14 free-throw attempts and 11 of 20 in the half. Furthermore, the Wildcats finished the half with seven players with two fouls, avoiding any major foul trouble and ending the half with the lead.
STANFORD, Calif. — Dwight Powell scored 17 points and Chasson Randle added 15 in helping Stanford beat California.
John Gage added 14 points for the Cardinal (11-7, 2-3 Pac-12), who had lost three of their previous four. Josh Huestis had 12 rebounds to go with nine points.
Allen Crabbe and David Kravish each scored 14 points to lead the Bears (10-7, 2-3 Pac-12), who have lost four of their last six. Justin Cobbs added 13 points.
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — Jarnell Stokes scored 18 points and pulled down 11 rebounds as Tennessee defeated Mississippi State to avoid starting 0-4 in Southeastern Conference competition for the first time since 1993-94.
Josh Richardson added 16 points and Jordan McRae had 12 points as the Volunteers (9-7, 1-3) snapped a four-game losing streak. Trae Golden had 10 points and nine assists.
McRae ended a string of four consecutive games in which he had exceeded 20 points. He was the first Vol to score at least 20 points in four straight games since Chris Lofton in 2008.
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. — D.J. Byrd scored 17 points to help Purdue defeat West Virginia.
Rapheal Davis added 16 points, Anthony Johnson 12 and Terone Johnson 11 for the Boilermakers (10-8), who won their third straight.
Purdue shot 49 percent from the field and outrebounded the Mountaineers 44-34.
STATE COLLEGE — Shavon Shields scored a career-high 29 points, Ray Gallegos had 15 points and Nebraska held off Penn State in a 68-64 win on Saturday.
Penn State trailed by three points with 24 seconds left in the game before Nebraska's Brandon Ubel was called for a flagrant foul on D.J. Newbill. The foul gave Penn State two extra free throws.
Newbill made one of two free throws and Ross Travis missed the next two from the line. Newbill failed to convert on two more free throws in the final 14 seconds, helping the Huskers (10-9, 1-5 Big Ten) escape with the victory.
Shields went 10 of 11 from the floor and made all eight of his free throws for Nebraska. As a team, the Huskers went 16 of 16 from the free throw line.
Jermaine Marshall scored all of his 18 points in the second half for Penn State (8-10, 0-6).
PITTSBURGH — Lamar Patterson scored 14 points, Tray Woodall added 13 points and six assists and Pittsburgh withstood a late Connecticut rally to pull out a win.
James Robinson chipped in 12 points for the Panthers (15-4, 3-3 Big East), who recovered after blowing a 14-point lead in the second half.
UConn tied the game twice in the final 5 minutes but couldn't quite get over the top. Ryan Boatright led the Huskies (12-5, 2-3) with 20 points and Omar Calhoun added 14 but couldn't stop UConn from dropping its second straight. Each time the Huskies pulled even, Pitt would respond. Woodall knocked down a 3-pointer after the Huskies knotted it at 55 and Robinson followed moments later with a 3-pointer of his own to break a 58-all tie.
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. — Reggie Bullock scored 21 of his career-high 24 points in the first half to help North Carolina beat Maryland 62-52 Saturday.
James Michael McAdoo added 19 points and 11 rebounds for the Tar Heels (12-5, 2-2 Atlantic Coast Conference), who turned in a dominating first-half performance to build a 22-point lead at the break. Maryland (14-4, 2-3) never fully recovered from that mistake-filled first half and never got the lead below double figures after halftime, even after UNC slowed down.
ROSEMONT, Ill. — Jamal Branch scored 18 points to lead St. John's to a victory over DePaul.
D'Angelo Harrison added 15 points and Sir'Dominic Pointer had 14 for the Red Storm (11-7, 3-3 Big East), who have won seven straight against DePaul.
Jamee Crockett scored 19 points for DePaul (10-8, 1-4), which has lost three in a row and five of its last six. St. John's last game was a 67-63 upset of No. 20 Notre Dame on Tuesday.
HARTFORD, Conn. — Stefanie Dolson scored a career-high 25 points to lead No. 3 Connecticut to a win over Syracuse, handing the upstart Orange just their second loss of the season.
NORMAN, Okla. — Aaryn Ellenberg scored 22 points and No. 16 Oklahoma defeated Texas.
Joanna McFarland scored 15 points and Nicole Griffin scored 10 for the Sooners (15-3, 5-1 Big 12), who never trailed in bouncing back from an 82-61 loss to No. 24 Iowa State on Tuesday.
WACO, Texas — Brittney Griner had her 50th career double-double while just missing a triple-double, scoring 26 points with 15 rebounds and nine blocked shots, as top-ranked Baylor beat Big 12 newcomer West Virginia.
LUBBOCK, Texas — Chynna Brown scored 20 points to help Texas Tech beat No. 23 Kansas.
Brown, who was 8 of 13 from the floor, added four assists and four steals. Casey Morris chipped in 16 points for the Lady Raiders (14-4, 4-2 Big 12), who now lead the all-time series with Kansas 15-5.