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  • Georgia Tech hands slumping Syracuse another loss

  • SYRACUSE, N.Y. — Trae Golden scored 16 points, including six clutch free throws in the final seconds, and Georgia Tech stunned struggling Syracuse, 67-62, on Tuesday.
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  • SYRACUSE, N.Y. — Trae Golden scored 16 points, including six clutch free throws in the final seconds, and Georgia Tech stunned struggling Syracuse, 67-62, on Tuesday.
    Syracuse (26-4, 13-4 Atlantic Coast Conference) had lost three of four coming into the game and dropped three more spots in the rankings after starting the season with 25 straight wins and spending three weeks at No. 1.
    Georgia Tech (14-16, 5-12) snapped a four-game losing streak.
    It was the final home game in the careers of seniors C.J. Fair and Baye Moussa Keita, and it was one they will long remember — for all the wrong reasons despite Fair's 28 points, which matched his career high.
    Daniel Miller had 15 points to lead the way for Georgia Tech.
    No. 1 Florida 72,South Carolina 46
    At Columbia, S.C., Michael Frazier II set a Florida record with 11 3-pointers on his way to a career-high 37 points, leading the top-ranked Gators to a victory against South Carolina.
    Florida (28-2, 17-0) has won a school-record 22 straight games to move within one win of a perfect Southeastern Conference regular season.
    Frazier kept the Gators in the game when his teammates struggled in the opening half. Florida took control with a 23-5 run midway through the second half.
    No. 12 Michigan 84, Illinois 53
    At Champaign, Ill., Nik Stauskas scored 24 points and Michigan shot 70 percent from the 3-point line to win its first outright Big Ten title since 1986.
    Stauskas had a career-high seven 3-pointers in nine attempts. The Wolverines (22-7, 14-3) were 16 of 23 from beyond the arc overall.
    Michigan bolted to a 52-30 halftime lead. The Wolverines hit five straight 3-pointers midway through the half to break it open.
    Georgetown 75,No. 13 Creighton 63
    At Washington, D'Vauntes Smith-Rivera had 18 points and a career-high 12 rebounds, and Georgetown frustrated Doug McDermott until late in the game.
    Markel Starks added 17 points and a career-best 11 assists, and Jabril Trawick had 15 points for the Hoyas (17-12, 8-9), who shot 54 percent and advanced their cause as a bubble team for the NCAA tournament. They also still have a chance to be one of the six teams in the overhauled, 10-team Big East to get a bye in next week's conference tournament.
    Baylor 74, No. 16 Iowa State 61
    At Waco, Texas, Brady Heslip scored 18 points, and Baylor got a much-needed boost to its NCAA tournament hopes.
    There were 15 lead changes and four ties before Heslip put the Bears (20-10, 8-9 Big 12) ahead with a tiebreaking 3 with 2:14 left — the start of a game-ending 13-0 run.
    Iowa State (22-7, 10-7), in the mix for the No. 2 seed in next week's Big 12 tournament, lost its second road game in four days.
    No. 25 Kentucky 55, Alabama 48
    At Lexington, Ky., Julius Randle had 12 points and 11 rebounds and Kentucky ended a two-game losing streak.
    Needing a bounce after Saturday's loss at South Carolina with a huge hurdle looming this weekend at No. 1 Florida, the Wildcats (22-8, 12-5 Southeastern Conference) used a 15-2 second-half run to build a 43-34 lead.
    Kentucky avoided its first three-game losing streak under coach John Calipari and clinched second place in the conference.
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