Cardinals end skid vs. Orange

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SYRACUSE, N.Y. — Luke Hancock hit a 3-pointer from the corner to break a tie with 50 seconds left for No. 10 Louisville, which avenged an earlier loss No. 12 Syracuse with a 58-53 victory Saturday.

Syracuse's C.J. Fair (left) battles with Louisville's Chane Behanan for a loose ball. The Cardinals ended a three-game losing streak vs. the Orange with a win Saturday.  KEVIN RIVOLI/ASSOCIATED PRESS
KEVIN RIVOLI/ASSOCIATED PRESS
Syracuse's C.J. Fair (left) battles with Louisville's Chane Behanan for a loose ball. The Cardinals ended a three-game losing streak vs. the Orange with a win Saturday.

It was the third consecutive loss for Syracuse (22-7, 10-6 Big East).

Louisville (24-5, 12-4) snapped a three-game losing streak against Syracuse.

NO. 1 INDIANA 73, IOWA 60

In Bloomington, Ind., Cody Zeller overcame a sluggish start to score 22 points and Kevin “Yogi” Ferrell added a career-high 19 as Indiana got past Iowa (18-11, 7-9 Big Ten).

The Hoosiers (25-4, 13-3) rebounded from a loss to Minnesota earlier in the week.

NO. 2 GONZAGA 81, PORTLAND 52

In Spokane, Wash., Elias Harris had 20 points and nine rebounds as Gonzaga (29-2, 16-0 West Coast) beat Portland (11-20, 4-12) to stake a claim to its first-ever No. 1 ranking in The Associated Press’ Top 25.

NO. 6 KANSAS 91, WEST VIRGINIA 65

In Lawrence, Kan., Ben McLemore scored a Kansas freshman-record 36 points, and Jeff Withey came within one block of a triple-double as the Jayhawks (25-4, 13-3 Big 12) beat West Virginia (13-16, 6-10).

Withey’s nine blocks ran his Big 12-and Kansas-career record to 281. He had 14 points and 10 rebounds.

NO. 13 KANSAS STATE 64, BAYLOR 61

In Waco, Texas, Rodney McGruder hit a 3-pointer at the buzzer and Kansas State edged Baylor (17-12, 8-8 Big 12) after a failed desperation inbound pass gave the Wildcats (24-5, 13-3) one more chance.

NO. 14 NEW MEXICO 53, WYOMING 42

In Albuquerque, N.M., Alex Kirk had 15 points and nine rebounds and New Mexico (25-4, 12-2) clinched the Mountain West Conference regular season title with a win over Wyoming (18-11, 4-11).

NO. 15 OKLAHOMA STATE 78, TEXAS 65

In Stillwater, Okla., Markel Brown scored 18 points, Le’Bryan Nash added 16 and Oklahoma State (22-6, 12-4 Big 12) corralled Texas (13-16, 5-11).

NO. 18 SAINT LOUIS 66, GEORGE WASHINGTON 58

In Washington, Dwayne Evans scored 22 points, Kwamain Mitchell added 18 and Saint Louis (23-5, 12-2 Atlantic 10) won its 11th consecutive game, holding off George Washington (12-15, 6-8) .

NO. 19 MEMPHIS 76, CENTRAL FLORIDA 67

In Orlando, Fla., Joe Jackson and Chris Crawford both scored 19 points and Memphis (25-4, 14-0) claimed its eighth Conference USA championship by defeating Central Florida (19-10, 8-6).

VIRGINIA COMMONWEALTH 84, NO. 20 BUTLER 52

In Richmond, Va., Troy Daniels scored 14 of his 20 points in the first half and full-court pressure by Virginia Commonwealth (23-6, 11-3 Atlantic 10) overwhelmed Butler (22-7, 9-5) from the outset.

NO. 22 MARQUETTE 72, NO. 21 NOTRE DAME 64

In Milwaukee, Jamil Wilson tied his career-high with 19 points and Chris Otule added a season-high 16 on 8 of 8 shooting as Marquette (21-7, 12-4 Big East) won its 25th consecutive home game, knocking off Notre Dame (22-7, 10-6).

NO. 25 LOUISIANA TECH 88, SAN JOSE STATE 61

In Ruston, La., Raheem Appleby scored 16 points and Louisiana Tech (26-3, 16-0) extended the nation’s longest winning streak to 18 games, clinching at least a share of its first Western Athletic Conference title.

(26-3, 16-0 WAC).

Xavier Jones led San Jose State (9-18, 3-13)


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