Syracuse nips No. 1 Louisville

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Louisville's Russ Smith (left) tries to steal the ball from Syracuse's Brandon Triche during the second half. Triche scored 23 points to lead the Orange to a 70-68 win.   TIMOTHY D. EASLEY/ASSOCIATED PRESS
TIMOTHY D. EASLEY/ASSOCIATED PRESS
Louisville's Russ Smith (left) tries to steal the ball from Syracuse's Brandon Triche during the second half. Triche scored 23 points to lead the Orange to a 70-68 win.

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Brandon Triche scored 23 points and Michael Carter-Williams scored the final four points as No. 6 Syracuse upset No. 1 Louisville 70-68 on Saturday in a showdown of Big East Conference teams.

It was the third consecutive win for the Orange over the Cardinals.

Carter-Williams had 16 points, Jerami Grant and C.J. Fair both had 10 for the Orange (17-1, 5-0), who won their seventh in a row.

Russ Smith’s 25 points led Louisville
(16-2, 4-1), which had its 11-game winning streak snapped.

NO. 4 KANSAS 64, TEXAS 59

In Austin, Texas, Ben McLemore scored 16 points and Kansas (16-1, 4-0 Big 12) stormed back from a late double-digit deficit to stun Texas (8-9, 0-4) for its 15th consecutive win.

Sheldon McClennan led Texas with 18 points.

NO. 7 ARIZONA 71, ARIZONA STATE 54

In Tempe, Ariz., Mark Lyons scored 24 points, Nick Johnson added 19 and Arizona (16-1, 4-1 Pac-12) pulled away in the second half to beat Arizona State (14-4, 3-2).

Jahii Carson had 22 points for the Sun Devils.

NO. 13 BUTLER 64, NO. 8 GONZAGA 63

In Indianapolis, Roosevelt Jones stole an inbounds pass with 3.5 seconds left and hit a floater from just inside the foul line right before the buzzer to help Butler (16-2) nip Gonzaga (17-2).

Jones finished with 20 points for the Bulldogs, who have now won 13 in a row.

Saw Dower and Elias Harris each had 20 points for Gonzaga, which had its eight-game winning streak.

NO. 18 MICHIGAN STATE 59,

NO. 11 OHIO STATE 56

In East Lansing, Mich., Keith Appling made two free throws with 7.9 seconds left and finished with 15 points to lead Michigan State (16-3, 5-1 Big Ten) past Ohio State (13-4, 3-2).

Deshaun Thomas scored a career Big Ten-high 28 points for Ohio State.

WICHITA STATE 67, NO. 12 CREIGHTON 64

In Wichita, Kan., Carl Hall had 17 points and 13 rebounds and Malcolm Armstead hit two key free throws in the closing seconds to help Wichita State (17-2, 6-1) beat Doug McDermott and Creighton (17-2, 6-1) to forge a tie atop the Missouri Valley.

McDermott finished with 25 points for the Bluejays.

WYOMING 58,

NO. 15 SAN DIEGO STATE 45

In Laramie, Wyo., Leonard Washington had 14 points and 14 rebounds to lead Wyoming (15-2, 2-2 Mountain West Conference) past San Diego State (14-4, 2-2).

NO. 16 KANSAS STATE 69, OKLAHOMA 60

In Manhattan, Kan., Rodney McGruder scored 20 points and Will Spradling added 15 as Kansas State (15-2, 4-0 Big 12) defeated Oklahoma (12-4, 3-1).

Romero Osby and Amath M’Baye both scored 12 points for Oklahoma.

NO. 20 NOTRE DAME 69, RUTGERS 66

In South Bend, Ind., Jack Cooley had 19 points, 10 rebounds and blocked a shot with 2 seconds left to help Notre Dame (15-3, 3-2 Big East) hang on for a win over Rutgers (14-4, 3-3), ending a two-game skid for the Irish.

NO. 21 OREGON 76, NO. 24 UCLA 67

In Los Angeles, Tony Woods scored 18 points and Oregon (16-2) pulled away over the final 6½ minutes to beat UCLA (15-4, 5-1), improving the Ducks to 5-0 in Pac-12 play for the first time in 39 years.

NO. 22 VIRGINIA COMMONWEALTH 90,

DUQUESNE 63

In Pittsburgh, Rob Brandenberg scored 22 points and Virginia Commonwealth (16-3, 4-0 Atlantic 10) dominated in winning its 13th consecutive game, over Duquesne (7-11, 0-4).

CINCINNATI 71, NO. 25 MARQUETTE 69 (OT)

In Cincinnati, Sean Kilpatrick scored seven of his career-high 36 points in overtime, and Cincinnati (16-3, 4-2 Big East) blew a
16-point lead before rallying past Marquette (13-4, 4-1), ending the Bearcats’ streak of three consecutive home losses.


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