ATHENS, Ga. — Sean Kilpatrick scored 22 points, Dion Dixon added 19 and Cincinnati held off Georgia 57-51 in the Big East/SEC Challenge on Friday night.
The Bearcats (5-2), playing their first road game this season, erased an 11-point deficit early in the second half with a 16-4 run capped by Dixon’s layup, giving Cincinnati a 39-38 lead with 10:40 remaining.
Georgia (4-4), which has lost three in a row, scored only three field goals after Gerald Robinson’s layup put the Bulldogs up 38-31 with 13:02 left.
Kentavious Caldwell-Pope led Georgia with 16 points, but was scoreless in the second half before his 3 cut the lead to 55-51 with 8.8 seconds remaining. Robinson added 12 points for the Bulldogs.
Kilpatrick’s two free throws with 7.5 seconds to play ended the scoring.
NO. 4 SYRACUSE 72, NO. 10 FLORIDA 68
In Syracuse, N.Y., the Orange remained unbeaten with a win over Florida, as coach Jim Boeheim maintained a stoic facade amid an intense federal investigation into his program.
Former associate head coach Bernie Fine was fired Sunday night after a tumultuous weekend of new revelations in the investigation of child molestation allegations against him.
Boeheim apologized Friday night for questioning the motives of the men who accused his longtime assistant of molesting them as minors.
“I believe I misspoke very badly in my response to the allegations that have been made,” an emotional Boeheim said in a postgame press conference. “I should not have questioned what the accusers expressed nor their motives. I’m really sorry that I did that.”
Fine has been accused by three men, including two former Syracuse ballboys, of molesting them as minors. Fine, who was fired Sunday, has denied the allegations.
When the allegations first were made public, Boeheim adamantly defended Fine and verbally disparaged Bobby Davis, a former Syracuse ballboy.
Syracuse (8-0) breezed to its first seven wins with an average margin of victory of 26 points, but the Gators (5-2), whose only previous loss was by seven at No. 2 Ohio State, figured to provide a stiff challenge.
NO. 6 LOUISVILLE 62, NO. 20 VANDERBILT 60 (OT)
In Louisville, Ky., Peyton Siva drove through the middle of Vanderbilt’s defense for a layup with 1.4 seconds left and Louisville beat the Commodores in overtime.
The Cardinals (7-0) rallied from two deficits – nine in the second half and five in overtime.
NO. 13 MISSOURI 90, NORTHWESTERN STATE 56
In Columbia, Mo., Marcus Denmon scored a career-high 31 points and Missouri went on a pair of big runs to rout Northwestern State.
Michael Dixon also set a career high with 19 points and Ricardo Ratliffe matched his personal best with 22.
The Tigers (7-0) are off to their best start since winning their first nine games during the 2006-07 season. Missouri used runs of 18-0 and 24-8 to take control and Denmon became the first Tigers player to score 30 points in a game since 2009.