Syracuse celebrates return to No. 1 with win over Notre Dame

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SYRACUSE, N.Y. — Trevor Cooney scored a career-high 33 points, matching a school record with nine 3-pointers, and top-ranked Syracuse beat Notre Dame 61-55 on Monday night in another matchup of former Big East foes.

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Syracuse's Trevor Cooney makes a pass as Notre Dame's Eric Atkins defends. Cooney scored a career-high 33 points as the top-ranked Orange knocked off the Fighting Irish.  KEVIN RIVOLI/ASSOCIATED PRESS
KEVIN RIVOLI/ASSOCIATED PRESS
Syracuse's Trevor Cooney makes a pass as Notre Dame's Eric Atkins defends. Cooney scored a career-high 33 points as the top-ranked Orange knocked off the Fighting Irish.

Syracuse (22-0, 9-0 Atlantic Coast Conference), which moved to No. 1 earlier in the day after its scintillating 91-89 overtime victory over Duke on Saturday night, extended its school record for most consecutive wins to start a season. Notre Dame (12-11, 3-7) has lost seven of nine.

Two days after one of the most emotional wins in Boeheim’s 38 years as head coach, Syracuse played its first game as the nation’s top team since the 2011-12 season.

NO. 6 VILLANOVA 81, XAVIER 58

In Villanova, Pa., James Bell hit six 3-pointers and scored 27 points and Darrun Hilliard had 17 to lead No. 6 Villanova to a win over Xavier.

The Wildcats (20-2, 8-1 Big East) never trailed and have won four straight games since a 28-point loss to No. 12 Creighton on Jan. 20.

Bell made 6 of 10 3s was 10 of 14 overall from the floor and grabbed eight rebounds. He scored 21 points in the second half to the Wildcats hit the 20-win mark at the second fastest point in program history. The 2009-10 team opened 20-1.

Semaj Christon led Xavier (15-7, 5-4) with 17 points and Matt Stainbrook had 14. The Musketeers have lost three straight.

BETHUNE-COOKMAN 91, SOUTH CAROLINA STATE 59

In Daytona Beach, Fla., Mikel Trapp scored a career-high 33 points to lead Bethune-Cookman (5-20, 3-7 Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference) to a win over South Carolina State.

Malik Jackson added 19 points for the Wildcats.

Jordan Smith paced the Bulldogs (8-14, 4-5) with 10 points.

WOMEN

NO. 7 BAYLOR 81, OKLAHOMA 67

In Norman, Okla., Odyssey Sims scored 27 points, including three 3-pointers and eight free throws, as Baylor beat Oklahoma.

Nina Davis added 19 points and 14 rebounds for Baylor (19-3, 9-1 Big 12). The Lady Bears got 15 points from freshman Imani Wright and Sune Agbuke helped Baylor hold a 49-38 advantage on the glass, grabbing 14.

Morgan Hook scored 18 points for Oklahoma (14-9, 5-5) and Gioya Carter added 12.

GEORGIA TECH 77, PITTSBURGH 66

In Pittsburgh, Pa., Tyaunna Marshall scored 23 points to lead Georgia Tech to a victory over Pittsburgh.

Kaela Davis had a double-double with 16 points and 10 rebounds for the Yellow Jackets (14-8, 4-5 ACC).

Marquel Davis led the Panthers (10-12, 2-6) with 20 points.


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