Ennis helps No. 2 Syracuse stay unbeaten
SYRACUSE, N.Y. — Freshman point guard Tyler Ennis scored 16 points, including two driving layups and two free throws in the final 2 minutes, and No. 2 Syracuse beat No. 22 Pittsburgh 59-54 on Saturday in a battle for first place in the ACC between the two former Big East rivals.
Syracuse (18-0, 5-0 Atlantic Coast Conference) entered the game 2-0 against former Big East rivals, with victories over St. John's and Villanova. The Orange made it three straight and remained one of only three unbeatens in Division I.
In four of the past five seasons, Syracuse has started with at least 13 consecutive wins, and twice in the last four years Pitt (16-2, 4-1) had stopped those streaks.
Michigan 77, No. 3 Wisconsin 70
At Madison, Wis., Nik Stauskus scored 23 points and hit a key 3 with 48 seconds left, and Michigan fended off a late surge for a win over Wisconsin.
Caris LeVert added 20 for the Wolverines (13-4, 5-0 Big Ten), who held on for their first road win at Wisconsin since 1999 after nearly squandering a 15-point lead.
No. 4 Michigan State 78,Illinois 62
At Champaign, Ill., Gary Harris scored 23 points and Denzel Valentine pulled down 11 rebounds to lead Michigan State past Illinois.
The Spartans (17-1, 6-0 Big Ten) stayed on top of the Big Ten with their 10th straight win. With the victory, Michigan State is also off to the best start in team history. No Spartans team has ever won 17 of its first 18.
No. 5 Wichita State 68,Indiana State 48
At Wichita, Kan., Ron Baker scored 16 points and Fred VanVleet added 15 as Wichita State remained unbeaten.
Darius Carter and Chadrack Lufile both scored 10 points for the Shockers (19-0, 6-0 Missouri Valley), which extended school records for winning streak and best start to a season.
No. 6 Villanova 88, DePaul 62
At Villanova, Pa., James Bell had 17 points and eight rebounds and Ryan Arcidiacono scored 14 points as Villanova won its fifth straight.
The Wildcats (16-1, 5-0 Big East) made 19 of 26 shots (73 percent) in the second half and tied a season low with five turnovers.
No. 7 Florida 68, Auburn 61
At Auburn, Ala., Casey Prather scored 21 points in his return from a knee injury and Florida survived a scare from Auburn.
Prather had 16 points in the first half after missing the past two games with a badly bruised right knee. He made 8 of 10 shots for the Gators (15-2, 4-0 Southeastern Conference), who have won nine straight games and eight in a row at Auburn (8-7, 0-4).
Texas 86, No. 8 Iowa State 76
At Austin, Texas, Jonathan Holmes scored 23 points and Cam Ridley had 16 points and 11 rebounds as Texas handed Iowa State its third straight loss.
Javan Felix scored 17 points for the Longhorns (14-4, 3-2 Big 12) including a 3-pointer in the momentum-changing run in the second half and a layup in the final minute that helped protect the lead.
No. 10 San Diego State 63,UNLV 52
At San Diego, Xavier Thames scored 18 points for No. 10 San Diego State, which used a 19-2 first-half run to beat UNLV for its 15th straight victory.
Josh Davis added 14 points and 14 rebounds for SDSU (16-1, 5-0 Mountain West), which hasn't lost since its second game, a 69-60 home defeat against Arizona, which is now ranked No. 1.
No. 15 Kansas 80,No. 9 Oklahoma State 78
At Lawrence, Kan., Naadir Tharpe scored 21 points for Kansas, and Frank Mason stripped Oklahoma State's Le'Bryan Nash as the final buzzer sounded to preserve the win.
Joel Embiid added 13 points, 11 rebounds and eight blocks for the Jayhawks (13-4, 4-0 Big 12), who blew most of a 47-30 halftime lead before holding on at the finish.
No. 25 Oklahoma 66,No. 12 Baylor 64
At Waco, Texas, Buddy Hield scored all 19 of his points after halftime and Oklahoma stormed from behind with a big run.
The Sooners (14-4, 3-2 Big 12) were down by eight right after halftime before reeling off 16 consecutive points. Baylor regained the lead on a putback by Cory Jefferson with 9:13 left, and the lead changed hands three more times and there were three ties before Heild's 3-pointer with 4 minutes left made it 58-57. That put the Sooners ahead to stay.
No. 13 Kentucky 74,Tennessee 66
At Lexington, Ky., freshman Andrew Harrison scored a season-high 26 points and Kentucky used near-perfect free throw shooting to pull away.
The Wildcats (13-4, 3-1 Southeastern Conference) made 23 of 24 from the line including their first 17 before Aaron Harrison, Andrew's twin, missed the front end of a 1-and-1 with 32 seconds remaining.
No. 16 Massachusetts 84, Elon 74
At Elon, N.C., Cady Lalanne scored 16 of his 23 points in the first half and Chaz Williams scored all 20 of his points in the second half as Massachusetts held off several Elon rallies to win.
No. 17 Memphis 101,Lemoyne-Owen 78
At Memphis, Tenn., Nick King scored 18 points as Memphis beat Division II LeMoyne-Owen.
No. 18 Louisville 76,Connecticut 64
At Storrs, Conn., Russ Smith scored 18 of his 23 points in the second half to lead Louisville past Connecticut.
Montrezl Harrell added 18 points, 13 rebounds and three blocked shots for the Cardinals (16-3, 5-1 American), who won for the fifth time in six games.
No. 19 Cincinnati 61,South Florida 54
At Tampa, Fla., Sean Kilpatrick scored 18 points to lead Cincinnati to its 10th straight win.
Providence 81,No. 20 Creighton 68
At Providence, R.I., Bryce Cotton scored 23 points and LaDontae Henton added 19 as Providence upset Creighton.
The victory is the third straight Big East victory for the Friars (13-5, 3-2). They defeated a nationally ranked team for the first time since defeating No. 21 Notre Dame on Feb. 16, 2013.
No. 23 Duke 95, N.C. State 60
At Durham, N.C., Jabari Parker scored 23 points and Duke scored 33 points off turnovers.
Rasheed Sulaimon added 13 points for the Blue Devils (14-4, 3-2 Atlantic Coast Conference), who led by 13 at halftime and by as many as 37 to keep the Wolfpack winless at Cameron Indoor Stadium since 1995.
No. 24 Saint Louis 70,Fordham 48
At St. Louis, Dwayne Evans had 21 points and 10 rebounds and Jordair Jett lacked a rebound for his first career double-double for Saint Louis.