Syracuse rallies to stay unbeaten

SYRACUSE, N.Y. — Trevor Cooney scored 21 points, Tyler Ennis had 20 and C.J. Fair added 17 Saturday, rallying No. 2 Syracuse past No. 8 Villanova 78-62 in a game between two of nine unbeaten teams left in Division I.

Syracuse (12-0) was the third unbeaten ranked team the Wildcats (11-1) had faced this season. Villanova handed then-No. 2 Kansas its first loss of the season a month ago in the semifinals of the Battle 4 Atlantis and came back the next night and defeated No. 23 Iowa in overtime.

Villanova dropped to 13-16 against Syracuse in the Carrier Dome, the best mark of any team that's played 10 games under the Orange's Teflon roof, and 4-5 since Jay Wright took over as coach of the Wildcats in 2001.

James Bell hit a career-high six 3-pointers and matched his career high with 25 points to lead Villanova before fouling out with 1:42 left.

No. 4 Wisconsin 80,Prairie View A&M 43

At Madison, Wis., Sam Dekker had 16 points and 11 rebounds for his third career double-double as Wisconsin improved to 13-0 for its best start since the 1913-14 squad went 15-0.

No. 5 Michigan State 101,New Orleans 48

At East Lansing, Mich., Keith Appling scored 16 of his career-high tying 27 points in the first half to help Michigan State rout New Orleans.

No. 18 Kentucky 73,No. 6 Louisville 66

At Lexington, Ky., Kentucky guards Andrew and Aaron Harrison combined for 28 points, including 11 during a critical second-half stretch with star Julius Randle sidelined by cramps, helping the Wildcats beat Louisville.

Randle's 17 first-half points staked Kentucky (10-3) to a 41-36 halftime lead before the 6-foot-9 forward went to the locker room early in the second with leg cramps. He returned but cramped again and spent the rest of the game on the bench.

No. 9 Duke 82,Eastern Michigan 59

At Durham, N.C., Jabari Parker scored 23 points and Duke cruised past Eastern Michigan.

Andre Dawkins added 20 points with a season-high six 3-pointers as a late replacement for an ill Rodney Hood in the starting lineup. Rasheed Sulaimon had 13 points and came up with the key hustle play during the decisive second-half run that helped the Blue Devils (10-2) polish off their fourth straight win.

No. 15 Connecticut 82,E. Washington 65

At Bridgeport, Conn., Shabazz Napier had 15 points and nine assists to lead UConn in a home game played 80 miles from campus.

Napier led a balanced attack in which five Huskies reached double figures. Ryan Boatright had 14 points and Niels Giffey, making his first start this season, added 13 for Connecticut (11-1).

No. 17 Memphis 75,Jackson State 61

At Memphis, Tenn., Michael Dixon scored 14 points, Shaq Goodwin had 13 points and seven rebounds, and Memphis never trailed.

David Pellom had 12 points with all five of his field goals coming off dunks from fast-breaks and rebounds. Joe Jackson scored 11 for Memphis (9-2).

No. 23 Massachusetts 69, Providence 67

At Amherst, Mass., Derrick Gordon's put-back with 1.1 seconds left in overtime lifted Massachusetts past Providence.

Gordon grabbed the rebound after a 3-point attempt by Trey Davis came up short. The Friars' Bryce Cotton had tied the score at 67 after connecting from beyond the arc with 37 seconds remaining in the extra session.

No. 24 Gonzaga 74,Santa Clara 60

At Spokane, Wash., David Stockton scored a season-high 21 points as injury-plagued Gonzaga won its West Coast Conference opener.

Kevin Pangos had 17 points on 5-for-8 shooting for the Bulldogs (11-2, 1-0), who have won 12 of the previous 13 conference titles.

No. 25 Missouri 68, N.C. State 64

At Raleigh, N.C., Jabari Brown hit the go-ahead 3-pointer with 55.1 seconds left to help Missouri beat North Carolina State.

Brown's 3 over Wolfpack freshman Anthony "Cat" Barber was the biggest shot in a back-and-forth final 4 minutes that saw the teams trade the lead three times before Brown's shot made it 63-62.


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