C.J. Fair added 16 points, Dion Waiters had 13 and Fab Melo scored 12 points to go with six blocks for the Orange (15-0, 2-0 Big East).
Syracuse opened 18-0 last season and the Orange’s best start under coach Jim Boeheim was 19 consecutive wins to kick off 1999-2000.
NO. 5 NORTH CAROLINA 102, MONMOUTH 65
In Chapel Hill, N.C., John Henson scored 21 points and North Carolina beat Monmouth for its 26th consecutive victory at the Smith Center.
Harrison Barnes added 20 points for the Tar Heels (13-2)
NO. 7 DUKE 85, PENNSYLVANIA 55
In Durham, N.C., Ryan Kelly had 18 points and 12 rebounds to lead Duke.
Seth Curry added 15 points for the Blue Devils (12-1), who scored 20 of the game’s first 24 points.
NO. 14 MARQUETTE 81,VILLANOVA 77
In Milwaukee, Darius Johnson-Odom matched a season-high with 24 points and led Marquette (12-2, 1-0 Big East) over Villanova.
Mouphtaou Yarou had 14 points for the Wildcats (7-7, 0-2).
NO. 18 MICHIGAN 61, MINNESOTA 56
In Ann Arbor, Mich., freshman Trey Burke scored a season-high 27 points as Michigan (12-2, 2-0 Big Ten) hung on to beat Minnesota for its seventh consecutive victory.
Julian Welch and Rodney Williams had 11 each for Minnesota (12-3, 0-2).
CINCINNATI 66, NO. 22 PITTSBURGH 63
In Pittsburgh, JaQuon Parker scored a career-high 21 points and Sean Kilpatrick added 19 as streaking Cincinnati beat Pittsburgh.
The Bearcats (11-3, 1-0 Big East) have won six in a row since a brawl against crosstown rival Xavier in December led to the suspension of several players, including star forward Yancy Gates.
Cincinnati forced the reeling Panthers (11-4, 0-2) into 17 turnovers to win at Pitt for the first time in 33 years.
CLEMSON 65, EAST TENNESSEE STATE 58
In Clemson, S.C., Devin Booker had a career-high 22 points, freshman T.J. Sapp had four 3-pointers and Clemson overcame a nine-point deficit in the second half to win.
East Tennessee State (5-7) gave Clemson all it could handle, leading 41-32 with 16 minutes to go.
The Tigers (8-6) used a 12-2 run to get back into it, and Sapp’s final 3-pointer put them in front 49-47. Booker followed with a breakaway jam.
NO. 6 KENTUCKY 59, FLORIDA 56
In Gainesville, Fla., A’dia Mathies scored 14 points, Bria Goss added 11 and Kentucky (12-2) beat Florida (10-4) in the Southeastern Conference opener for both schools.
NO. 7 TENNESSEE 73, AUBURN 52
In Auburn, Ala., Meighan Simmons scored 20 points and Tennessee (9-3) pulled away late in the SEC opener for both teams.
NO. 17 GEORGIA 67, ARKANSAS 57
In Athens, Ga., Jasmine Hassell had 19 points and Georgia made 10 3-pointers to win the SEC opener for both teams.
The Lady Bulldogs (12-2) got 15 points from Anne Marie Armstrong.
SOUTH CAROLINA 68, ALABAMA 42
In Columbia, Ieasia Walker scored 12 points, and Aleighsa Welch pulled down a season-high 10 rebounds as South Carolina (12-2) routed Alabama in the SEC opener for both teams.