AMES, Iowa — Naadir Tharpe scored a career-high 23 points, freshman Andrew Wiggins had 17 points and 19 rebounds and No. 15 Kansas beat No. 8 Iowa State 77-70 on Monday night for its third straight win to open Big 12 play.
The Jayhawks (12-4, 3-0) handed the Cyclones their second consecutive loss after a 14-0 start.
Kansas opened the second half with a 16-5 run and led the rest of the way.
Joel Embiid finished with 16 points and five blocks for the Jayhawks, who outrebounded Iowa State 53-36 in perhaps their most impressive win of the season.
DeAndre Kane, who sprained an ankle in the loss to Oklahoma on Saturday, had 21 points for Iowa State (14-2, 2-2), which lost for the 17th time in 18 games against Kansas.
The Cyclones, the Big 12's top 3-point shooting team, were a dreadful 4 of 25 from beyond the arc.
Kane, who led the Big 12 with 22.7 points, 6.3 assists and 3.3 steals through three league games, responded well enough to around the clock treatment on his left ankle that he has able to start.
No. 2 Syracuse 69, Boston College 59
At Boston, Trevor Cooney scored 21 points, Jerami Grant added 16 and Syracuse fought off pesky Boston College.
C.J. Fair and Tyler Ennis each had 12 points for the Orange (17-0, 4-0 Atlantic Coast Conference). Grant added eight rebounds for Syracuse, one of four unbeaten teams in Division I.
Lonnie Jackson scored 18 points — all on 3-pointers — for the Eagles (5-12, 1-3), Ryan Anderson had 14 and Olivier Hanlan finished with 13 points and six assists.
No. 23 Duke 69, Virginia 65
At Durham, N.C., Rasheed Sulaimon finished with a season-high 21 points, including the go-ahead 3-pointer with 18.8 seconds left, for Duke.
Rodney Hood added 14 points for the Blue Devils (13-4, 2-2 Atlantic Coast Conference).
Duke let an 11-point lead with 31/2; minutes slip away before avoiding a third loss in four games.
Malcolm Brogdon scored 17 points and Joe Harris added 15 for the Cavaliers (12-5, 3-1).
They erased that deficit by scoring 11 consecutive points, then took their first lead of the game when Brogdon's free throws with 36.5 seconds remaining made it 65-64.
Amile Jefferson grabbed Hood's air ball and kicked it out to Sulaimon who was waiting alone in the left corner and put Duke up 67-65.
Harris missed a layup with about 10 seconds left. Jefferson, a 41 percent free throw shooter entering the game, iced it with two free throws with 6.8 seconds remaining.
Jefferson finished with 10 points and 15 rebounds.