PITTSBURGH — Tyler Ennis made a 35-footer at the buzzer and No. 1 Syracuse remained unbeaten with a 58-56 victory over No. 25 Pitt on Wednesday night.
Syracuse (24-0, 11-0 ACC) and Wichita State are the lone undefeated teams in Division I.
With the Orange down by one with 4.4 seconds left, Ennis caught the inbounds pass and dribbled up the court before hitting the shot over two defenders.
Talib Zanna, who led Pitt (20-5, 8-4) with 16 points and 14 rebounds, hit two free throws to give Pitt a 56-55 lead before Ennis' winner.
It was Pitt's first loss at home to a top-five team in the 12-year history of the Petersen Events Center. The Panthers had been 9-0 against top-five teams and 13-1 against teams ranked in the top 10.
C.J. Fair led Syracuse with 14 points.
Pitt had a 54-48 lead with less than 2 minutes remaining, but Fair made a 3-pointer with 1:40 to go. He then hit a jumper to make it 54-53 with 51 seconds left. After Pitt missed on the other end, Ennis made two free throws with 10 seconds left to give the Orange the lead.
No. 6 Villanova 87, DePaul 62
At Rosemont, Ill., Darrun Hilliard scored 22 points, JayVaughn Pinkston had 14 points and 11 rebounds and Villanova beat DePaul for its sixth straight win.
The Wildcats made a season-high 15 3-pointers and had five players score in double figures in an efficient tuneup for Sunday's Big East showdown with Creighton. James Bell had 16 points and Ryan Arcidiacono finished with 14, including four 3s.
No. 14 Kentucky 64, Auburn 56
At Auburn, Ala., Andrew Harrison scored 16 points to help Kentucky overcome shooting struggles and hold on for a victory over Auburn.
The Wildcats (19-5, 9-2 Southeastern Conference) won their fourth consecutive game despite making just 17 of 55 shots (30.8 percent).
No. 20 Memphis 76, Central Florida 70
At Memphis, Tenn., Joe Jackson scored 18 points, Shaq Goodwin added 14 abd Memphis used a late rally to beat Central Florida,
The Tigers (19-5, 8-3 American Athletic Conference) crafted a 15-2 run in the latter stages of the second half to break open a tight game.
No. 24 UConn 83, South Florida 40
At Hartford, Conn., DeAndre Daniels scored 12 points to lead a balanced UConn offense in a rout of South Florida.
Freshman Kentan Facey added 10 points for the 24th-ranked Huskies (19-5, 7-4 American Athletic Conference), who held the Bulls to just 12 baskets and 24 percent shooting.