SYRACUSE, N.Y. — Rakeem Christmas had a key steal to set up C.J. Fair's winning layup with 6.7 seconds left, helping No. 1 Syracuse edge North Carolina State 56-55 on Saturday night to remain unbeaten.
Christmas had 14 points, 12 rebounds and seven blocks as Syracuse (25-0, 12-0 Atlantic Coast Conference) earned its 10th single-digit win despite shooting 35.2 percent. Jerami Grant finished with 12 points and 14 rebounds, and Fair scored 11 points on 5-of-16 shooting.
The start of the game was pushed back four hours because of a snowstorm that wreaked havoc along the eastern seaboard. N.C. State did not land in Syracuse until Saturday afternoon. The team's Twitter account announced the Wolfpack's arrival at 3:07 p.m., seven minutes later than the original scheduled tip-off.
No. 3 Florida 69,No. 14 Kentucky 59
At Lexington, Ky., Scottie Wilbekin scored 23 points, including five critical free throws down the stretch, and Florida rallied for the win in a matchup of the Southeastern Conference's top two teams.
The Gators tied a school record with their 17th straight win.
No. 5 San Diego State 64,Air Force 56
At San Diego, Winston Shepard scored 14 of his 16 points in the final 7 minutes, 14 seconds, and San Diego State bounced back from its first loss since mid-November.
No. 7 Kansas 95, TCU 65
At Lawrence, Kan., Perry Ellis scored a career-high 32 points, Andrew Wiggins added 17 and Kansas overcame a sluggish start to get the win.
Ellis also had eight rebounds and five assists, and Wayne Selden Jr. scored 15 points for the Jayhawks (19-6, 10-2 Big 12).
No. 8 Duke 69, Maryland 67
At Durham, N.C., Jabari Parker scored 23 points and Duke held on for the victory.
Rodney Hood and Rasheed Sulaimon added 11 points each for the Blue Devils (20-5, 9-3 Atlantic Coast Conference). They started a run of four games in eight nights by giving the Terrapins a hard-to-swallow loss in their last scheduled visit to Cameron Indoor Stadium.
No. 10 Cincinnati 73, Houston 62
At Cincinnati, Sean Kilpatrick scored 28 points and Justin Jackson overcame foul problems to add 13 points and Cincinnati shook off Houston.
Shaquille Thomas added 11 for the Bearcats (23-3, 12-1 American Athletic Conference), who were playing their first game since having a 15-game winning streak snapped with a 76-55 loss at SMU on Feb. 8.
No. 11 Iowa State 70,Texas Tech 64
At Ames, Iowa, DeAndre Kane had 17 points with nine assists and Iowa State won after blowing an 18-point lead in the second half.
No. 12 Saint Louis 64, VCU 62
At St. Louis, Dwayne Evans had 21 points and 10 rebounds and Saint Louis broke a late tie with seven straight points for its 17th straight victory.
The Billikens (23-2, 10-0 Atlantic 10) blew a 12-point second-lead before finally putting away VCU (20-6, 8-3) in a matchup of the Atlantic 10's top two teams.
No. 16 Iowa 82, Penn State 70
At State College, Pa., Melsahn Basabe scored 16 points and Iowa pulled away in the second half.
Roy Devyn Marble added 15, Aaron White 14 and Mike Gesell 13 as the Hawkeyes (19-6, 8-4) won their fourth Big Ten road game of the season. Iowa's three-game road winning streak in the Big Ten is its longest since 1998.
No. 17 Virginia 63, Clemson 58
At Clemson, S.C., Joe Harris scored 16 points, including a critical 3-pointer with about three minutes left, and No. 17 Virginia won its ninth straight Atlantic Coast Conference game for the first time in 32 years.
No. 19 Texas 88, West Virginia 71
At Austin, Texas, Javan Felix scored 18 points and Texas used another impressive offensive performance to stay within a game of the Big 12 lead.
Texas (20-5, 9-3) put five players in double figures and shot better than 60 percent for most of the game.
No. 22 Ohio State 48, Illinois 39
At Champaign, Ill., Aaron Craft scored 14 points and Ohio State held Illinois to 28.3 percent shooting.
Craft picked up two early fouls and spent two long stretches on the bench. But he was still the Buckeyes' best option on a tough offensive night for each team.
No. 24 UConn 86,No. 20 Memphis 81, OT
At Hartford, Conn., Shabazz Napier scored a career-high 34 points and Connecticut beat Memphis to sweep the season series from the Tigers.
North Carolina 75,No. 25 Pittsburgh 71
At Chapel Hill, N.C., James Michael McAdoo had 24 points and 12 rebounds to help North Carolina to its sixth straight victory.
Marcus Paige added 18 points for the Tar Heels (17-7, 7-4 Atlantic Coast Conference), who extended the season's longest winning streak three days after their rivalry game against Duke was postponed due to a winter storm. They shot 48 percent after halftime and led by 12 with about 9 minutes left, but had to fight off a late push from the Panthers (20-6, 8-5).