Syracuse remains unbeaten, matches program's best start
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — Freshman Tyler Ennis scored 16 of his 18 points in the second half and No. 2 Syracuse matched the best start in program history with a 67-57 win over Wake Forest on Wednesday.
C.J. Fair added 16 points for the Orange (20-0, 7-0 Atlantic Coast Conference) while Trevor Cooney scored all eight of his in the final 1:45.
The Orange pulled away late while sidestepping a possible trap with a visit from No. 17 Duke coming up this weekend, and joined the 2011-12 group as the only Orange teams to win their first 20 games.
Travis McKie and Devin Thomas scored 12 points each for the Demon Deacons (14-7, 4-4).
Cooney buried a fall-away jumper, followed that with two free throws to give Syracuse its first double-figure lead and streaked down court for an open-court dunk to put the Orange up 62-50 with 1:19 left.
Wake Forest had won 13 straight at Joel Coliseum and had won three straight home games against top-five teams — a run that included a rout of then-No. 2 Miami last season.
No. 6 Kansas 92,No. 16 Iowa State 81
At Lawrence, Kan., Andrew Wiggins scored a career-high 29 points, including six straight late in the game, to lead Kansas to its seventh straight win.
Wiggins had 27 points in Saturday's win at TCU, and matched that with an emphatic dunk that gave Kansas an 81-72 lead with just under 3 minutes remaining in the game.
The Jayhawks (16-4, 7-0 Big 12) put away the Cyclones (15-4, 3-4) from there, something they failed to do after building a 16-point first-half lead and a 13-point second-half cushion.
Perry Ellis added 20 points for Kansas, which has won five straight over the Cyclones. Joel Embiid added 14 points and 11 rebounds, while Naadir Tharpe had 12 points and 12 assists.
Georges Niang led the Cyclones with 24 points. DeAndre Kane added 22 points and Melvin Ejim, battling foul trouble much of the game, finished with 18 points and eight rebounds.