Syracuse's late run helps Orange drop Minnesota at Maui Invitational

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LAHAINA, Hawaii — C.J. Fair scored 16 points and had 10 rebounds as No. 8 Syracuse held off Minnesota 75-67 on Monday in the first round of the Maui Invitational.

Syracuse's Jerami Grant shoots over Minnesota's Elliott Eliason during the first half of Monday's game at the Maui Invitational.  EUGENE TANNER/ASSOCIATED PRESS
EUGENE TANNER/ASSOCIATED PRESS
Syracuse's Jerami Grant shoots over Minnesota's Elliott Eliason during the first half of Monday's game at the Maui Invitational.

The Orange (5-0) pushed through a late run by the Golden Gophers, who pulled within 67-65 with little more than two minutes left.

But Minnesota (5-1) committed four turnovers in the final two minutes, scoring only once more when Austin Hollins hit a meaningless layup in the game’s final moments.

NO. 3 KENTUCKY 68,

CLEVELAND STATE 61

In Lexington, Ky., Andrew Harrison’s three-point play broke a 57-all tie before twin brother Aaron followed with a 3-pointer with 1:20 remaining, helping the Wildcats escape with a win.

Trailing 54-44 with 7:41 remaining and needing a breakthrough against the Vikings (3-3), the brothers helped the Wildcats (5-1) close with a 24-7 run including a pair of Aaron Harrison lobs inside to Willie Cauley-Stein for dunks along with a three-point play with 3:55 left to tie it at 54.

NO. 15 FLORIDA 86,

JACKSONVILLE 60

In Jacksonville, Fla., Casey Prather scored 27 points, Michael Frazier II added 17 for the Gators.

The Gators (5-1) won their fourth consecutive game after a loss at 10th-ranked Wisconsin two weeks ago. The latest victory was a final tuneup before the team’s toughest stretch of the season – games against Florida State, Connecticut, Kansas and Memphis.

PITTSBURGH 76, TEXAS TECH 53

In New York, Lamar Patterson scored a career-high 23 points and Pittsburgh took command in the first half in the semifinals of the Progressive Legends Classic.

The Panthers (5-0), who led 41-18 at halftime, will play the winner of the Stanford-Houston game tonight at Barclays Center.

WOMEN

NO. 17 SOUTH CAROLINA 70, SOUTHERN CAL 50

In Los Angeles, Tiffany Mitchell scored a career-high 22 points and Aleighsa Welch had 14 points for the Gamecocks.

The Gamecocks (7-0) opened the second half on an 11-2 run capped by a pair of Mitchell free throws. Mitchell completed a three-point play on a leaner in the paint for a 59-41 lead. She went 10 for 13 from the free-throw line.

Welch scored 10 points in the second half and South Carolina went 13 for 20 in the final 20 minutes.

Ariya Crook led the Trojans (3-2) with 16 points and Cassie Harberts scored 14 points. South Carolina forced USC into 3 for 12 shooting with six turnovers and seven fouls to start the second half.

USC committed a season-high 22 turnovers and has 40 in the past two games, both against ranked opponents.

South Carolina took a 30-24 lead into halftime.

TOP 25 FARED

MEN

• No. 5 Oklahoma State (5-0) beat South Florida, 93-67

• No. 7 Ohio State (5-0) beat Wyoming, 65-50

• No. 11 Gonzaga (4-0) vs. Dayton, late

• No. 12 Wichita (5-0) State vs. DePaul, late

• No. 17 Iowa State (5-0) beat UMKC, 110-51

• No. 18 Baylor (4-0) at Chaminade, late

• No. 25 Marquette (3-1) at Arizona State, late

WOMEN

• No. 8 Maryland (5-1) beat Drexel, 69-63

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