Syracuse romps past Bucknell

Syracuse 80, Bucknell 61

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Bucknell's Mike Muscala (left) is pressured by Syracuse's Fab Melo  (right front) and James Southerland during the first half Tuesday.  KEVIN RIVOLI/ASSOCIATED PRESS
KEVIN RIVOLI/ASSOCIATED PRESS
Bucknell's Mike Muscala (left) is pressured by Syracuse's Fab Melo (right front) and James Southerland during the first half Tuesday.

SYRACUSE, N.Y. — Kris Joseph had 17 points, Scoop Jardine added 14 and No. 1 Syracuse cruised past Bucknell 80-61 on Tuesday night.

The Orange (12-0), who retained the No. 1 ranking for the second consecutive week after an 88-72 road win over North Carolina State on Saturday, won their 30th nonconference home game in a row.

It was only the second time Bucknell (7-5) has played the No. 1 team in the nation. The Bison lost to Duke, 84-50, on Jan. 2, 2006.

NO. 2 OHIO STATE 70, LAMAR 50

In Columbus, Ohio, Jared Sullinger scored 18 points and grab 11 rebounds to lead Ohio State.

Deshaun Thomas, chosen as the Big Ten’s Player of the Week on Monday, added 16 points for the Buckeyes (11-1). His streak of making 17 consecutive two-point field goal attempts ended on his first shot of the game.

NO. 3 KENTUCKY 82, SAMFORD 50

In Lexington, Ky., Doron Lamb scored 26 points and Darius Miller added 17 to help Kentucky extend its home winning streak to 41 games.

Kentucky (10-1) played without Terrence Jones, who missed the first game in his collegiate career after dislocating the pinky on his left, shooting hand on Saturday.

The Wildcats hardly missed a beat early against Samford (3-7) without him, scoring the first 11 points of the game, pushing the lead to 45-22 at halftime and by as many as 34 late.

NO. 15 PITTSBURGH 71,

ST. FRANCIS 47

In Pittsburgh, J.J. Moore scored 15 points, Dante Taylor added 14 points and eight rebounds as Pittsburgh crushed St. Francis (Pa.).

The Panthers (11-1) won their ninth in a row.

GEORGIA 72, MERCER 58

In Athens, Ga., Georgia broke open a close game with a strong start to the second half and Gerald Robinson had 10 of his 20 points in the final six minutes as the Bulldogs beat Mercer.

Georgia (6-5) struggled with poor shooting early in the game and, trying to avoid its first loss to the Bears in 52 years, trailed most of the first half before opening the second half with a 16-3 run.

Mercer made only 11 of 29 shots (37.9 percent) in the second half.


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