Syracuse crushes Eastern Michigan to extend home winning streak

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SYRACUSE, N.Y. — Michael Carter-Williams had 11 points and 11 assists, freshman Jerami Grant had a season-high 11 points and two blocks, and No. 4 Syracuse beat Eastern Michigan 84-48 on Monday night.

Syracuse's Michael Carte-Williams (left) and James Southerland pressure Eastern Michigan's J.R. Sims. The Orange won their 26th consecutive home game Monday.  KEVIN RIVOLI/ASSOCIATED PRESS
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Syracuse's Michael Carte-Williams (left) and James Southerland pressure Eastern Michigan's J.R. Sims. The Orange won their 26th consecutive home game Monday.

Syracuse (6-0) has won 48 consecutive nonconference games and boosted its home winning streak to 26 games.

Eastern Michigan (5-2) and the Orange had met just twice before, the last time also an 84-48 Syracuse victory a year ago in the Carrier Dome.

CONNECTICUT: Former Huskies coach Jim Calhoun revealed on Monday that he had surgery in May to remove an apparent cancerous growth from his lungs.

Calhoun said that doctors removed the growth, concerned it might be related to a previous skin cancer.

Calhoun was later asked to clarify whether the growth was cancer.

“It was cancer-related, yes,” he said. “I’m not going to talk about it. I was out for a day and a half. I’m completely healthy now.”

MAJERUS TRIBUTE: Utah officials will honor the legacy of Rick Majerus by hanging a replica of his trademark white sweater from the rafters at the basketball arena where he coached from 1989 to 2004 and regularly led the Utes to the NCAA Tournament.

A moment of silence will be held at Utah’s game Wednesday and players will wear black patches in honor of a man Utah athletic director Chris Hill remembered as a “basketball savant.” Majerus died Saturday at 64.

“To retire his jersey and put a No. 1 up there, it just doesn’t make any sense,” Hill said Monday.

The replica sweater will be created to fit in with the select names already hanging from the rafters.

“We want people to know it’s Rick,” Hill said. “You’ll know it’s a sweater, but at the same time it won’t diminish anybody else who is out there.”

INDIANA, DUKE STILL 1-2

Indiana, Duke and Michigan remained the top three teams in The Associated Press’ college basketball poll. Look all the way to the bottom and you won’t see Kentucky’s name for the first time since John Calipari became coach of the Wildcats.

The Hoosiers (8-0) received 45 first-place votes Monday from the 65-member national media panel, two fewer than last week.

Duke (8-0) for the second consecutive week had the other first-place votes.

Kentucky (4-3) lost to Notre Dame and Baylor last week, the latter a loss that snapped the Wildcats’ 55-game home winning streak, the longest in the nation. Kentucky had been ranked in the last 61 polls, 11 of those weeks at No. 1.

– Associated Press


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