Sunday, January 20, 2013
Syracuse rallies to upset top-ranked Louisville
Syracuse's Michael Carter-Williams (right) drives against Louisville's Russ Smith on Saturday. Carter-Williams scored the game's final four points as No. 6 Syracuse upset No. 1 Louisville.
Missouri coach Frank Haith (second from left) and his assistant, former UVa coach Dave Leitao (blowing a bubble), look on Saturday in Florida's 83-52 victory over the Tigers.
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LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- Syracuse guard Michael Carter-Williams wasn't fazed by a shaky first half, nor two missed free throws in the final minute that gave No. 1 Louisville chances to win on Saturday.
The sophomore just knew he had to redeem himself, and his second-half recovery in several areas helped the sixth-ranked Orange rally for the 70-68 upset.
It was the second straight Saturday that No. 1 went down. Duke lost to then-No. 20 North Carolina State 84-76 a week ago. A record crowd of 22,814 at the KFC Yum! Center saw Syracuse beat a No. 1 team for the fourth time, all Big East teams.
Carter-Williams' most important contributions were a go-ahead 3-pointer with 5:28 remaining, followed by a steal and go-ahead dunk with 23 seconds left as he scored 11 of his team's final 13 points, including the last four.
He added a rebound and another steal at the end to cap a 16-point, seven-assist game that made it easy for Carter-Williams to forget a five-point first half and those two missed free throws.
"I wasn't going to go out without a fight," said Carter-Williams, who finished with four assists and four steals. "They were pressuring us, coming at us in the first half. Things were going their way. The second half, I tried to fight back the best I could. I had two or three turnovers but I just kept flipping the page, flipping the page and ended up winning the game, which was great. ... Those free throws, I just had to have faith in myself and just try to do anything to get the win."
Brandon Triche was 9 of 13 from the field, including five of Syracuse's seven 3-pointers, to finish with 23 points as the Orange (17-1, 5-0 Big East) took control of the Big East Conference. He credited Carter-Williams for getting the win.
"Michael was the reason we won the game, getting the dunk," Triche said. "I might have kept us in the game, but he's the reason we won the game getting the two steals. That's winning stuff."
Russ Smith's 25 points led Louisville (16-2, 4-1), which had its 11-game winning streak stopped. The Cardinals shot 41 percent (24 of 59) including 29 percent in the second half.
North Carolina 62, Maryland 52
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. -- Reggie Bullock scored 21 of his career-high 24 points in the first half to help North Carolina beat Maryland.
James Michael McAdoo added 19 points and 11 rebounds for the Tar Heels (12-5, 2-2 Atlantic Coast Conference), who turned in a dominating first-half performance to build a 22-point lead at the break. Maryland (14-4, 2-3) never fully recovered from that mistake-filled first half and never got the lead below double figures after halftime, even after UNC slowed down.
Bullock scored the game's first eight points and outscored Maryland 21-20 through the opening 20 minutes, then set his career high with a straightaway 3-pointer with 5:45 left for his only second-half basket.
UNC shot 35 percent for the game, including 24 percent (8 of 34) after halftime. But the Tar Heels scored 14 points off turnovers - all in the first half - and Maryland finished with 21 turnovers.
No. 4 Kansas 64, Texas 59
AUSTIN, Texas -- Ben McLemore scored 16 points and Kansas stormed back from a late double-digit deficit for its 15th straight win.
Jeff Withey added 14 points and nine rebounds for the Jayhawks (16-1, 4-0 Big 12), who trailed by 11 points in the second half before McLemore steered a rally that prevented the reeling Longhorns (8-9, 0-4) from a badly needed victory in this troubled season.
Travis Releford added 12 points for Kansas.
Sheldon McClennan led the Longhorns with 18 points. Texas has lost four straight, its longest losing streak since coach Rick Barnes' first season in 1998-99.
No. 7 Arizona 71, Arizona State 54
TEMPE, Ariz. -- Mark Lyons scored 24 points and Nick Johnson added 19 as Arizona pulled away in the second half.
Arizona (16-1, 4-1 Pac-12) went on the decisive run after Arizona State point guard Jahii Carson picked up his fourth foul midway through the second half. Solomon Hill added 13 points for the Wildcats, who scored 18 points off turnovers and outscored the Sun Devils by 14 inside.
Carson had 22 points and four assists, and Evan Gordon added 14 points for the Sun Devils (14-4, 3-2).
No. 10 Florida 83, No. 17 Missouri 52
GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- Scottie Wilbekin had 13 points and 10 assists, his first career double-double, for Florida.
The victory was coach Billy Donovan's 400th with the Gators, making him the third coach in Southeastern Conference history to accomplish that feat with the same school. He joined Kentucky's Adolph Rupp and LSU's Dale Brown in the 400-win club.
Erik Murphy scored 15 points despite playing with a broken finger for the Gators (14-2, 4-0 SEC), who won their sixth straight, and Kenny Boynton added 14.
Wilbekin did a strong defensive job on Missouri point guard Phil Pressey, who finished with two points on 1-of-7 shooting with 10 turnovers and six assists.
Jabari Brown led the Tigers (13-4, 2-2) with 16 points.
No. 18 Michigan St. 59, No. 11 Ohio State 56
EAST LANSING, Mich. -- Keith Appling made two free throws with 7.9 seconds left and finished with 15 points for Michigan State.
The Buckeyes (13-4, 3-2 Big Ten) had a chance to tie the game in the closing seconds, but Shannon Scott didn't come close on a running 3-point attempt.
Deshaun Thomas scored a career Big Ten-high 28 points, including six 3-pointers.
The Spartans (16-3, 5-1) have won five straight conference games.
Wichita State 67, No. 12 Creighton 64
WICHITA, Kan. - Carl Hall had 17 points and 13 rebounds, Malcolm Armstead hit two key free throws in the closing seconds to help Wichita State hold off Doug McDermott and No. 12 Creighton to forge a tie atop the Missouri Valley.
Cleanthony Early added 13 points and Demetric Williams had 10 for the Shockers (17-2, 6-1 MVC), who pushed their home-court winning streak to 17 games.
McDermott finished with 25 points for the Bluejays (17-2, 6-1).
Wyoming 58, No. 15 San Diego St. 45
LARAMIE, Wyo. -- Leonard Washington had 14 points and 14 rebounds to help Wyoming beat cold shooting San Diego State.
Larry Nance Jr. added 11 points and 12 rebounds, and Derrious Gilmore had 13 points for the Cowboys (15-2, 2-2 Mountain West).
Wyoming's win snapped a five-game losing streak to the Aztecs.
SDSU (14-4, 2-2) lost its second game in a row, the first time this season the Aztecs have lost back-to-back games.
No. 16 Kansas State 69, Oklahoma 60
MANHATTAN, Kan. -- Rodney McGruder scored 20 points and Will Spradling added 15 as No. 16 Kansas State defeated Oklahoma in a matchup of unbeaten Big 12 teams.
Romero Osby and Amath M'Baye both scored 12 points for Oklahoma (12-4, 3-1).
Kansas State (15-2, 4-0) only got a double-digit lead in the second half. Oklahoma quickly responded with a 9-4 run that cut the Wildcats' lead to five points.
No. 20 Notre Dame 69, Rutgers 66
SOUTH BEND, Ind. -- Jack Cooley had 19 points, 10 rebounds and blocked a shot with 2 seconds left to help No. 20 Notre Dame hang on for a win over Rutgers, ending a two-game losing streak for the Fighting Irish.
Rutgers used a 6-1 run late to close to 67-66 when Eli Carter scored on a layup with 7 seconds left then forced a held ball on Eric Atkins two seconds later. Carter drove inside for the layup, but Cooley blocked the shot. Atkins then made a pair of free throws for the Irish (15-3, 3-2 Big East).
Myles Mack 3-point attempt at the buzzer missed as the Scarlet Knights (14-4, 3-3) lost for the ninth straight time at Notre Dame.
Pat Connaughton made four 3-pointers and added 17 points and Atkins had 14.
Carter led Rutgers with 20 points and Mack had 12.
No. 21 Oregon 76, No. 24 UCLA 67
LOS ANGELES -- Tony Woods scored 18 points and No. 21 Oregon pulled away over the final 6 1-2 minutes to beat No. 24 UCLA, improving the Ducks to 5-0 in Pac-12 play for the first time in 39 years.
Dominic Artis added 14 points, and Arsaian Kezemi had 12 points and 11 rebounds for the Ducks (16-2, 5-0), who snapped the Bruins' 10-game winning streak, including eight straight victories at home.
Travis Wear scored 17 points to lead the Bruins (15-4, 5-1), whose winning streak equaled their longest since 2008-09.
No. 22 VCU 90, Duquesne 63
PITTSBURGH -- Rob Brandenberg scored 22 points as No. 22 VCU dominated in winning its 13th consecutive game.
The Rams' Treveon Graham had 17 of his 20 points in the first half, when VCU (16-3, 4-0 Atlantic 10) used a 26-2 run to seize control. It would cruise to extend what is the nation's second-longest active winning streak.
VCU coach Shaka Smart became the second-youngest coach to reach 100 career victories. The 35-year-old needed 131 games, 30th-fewest in NCAA history. Only 11 other coaches reached 100 wins in their first four seasons, including Butler's Brad Stevens. He was 34 when he won his 100th game.
Cincinnati 71, No. 25 Marquette 69, OT
CINCINNATI -- Sean Kilpatrick scored seven of his career-high 36 points in overtime Saturday night, and Cincinnati blew a 16-point lead before rallying to a victory over No. 25 Marquette, ending the Bearcats' streak of three straight home losses.
Cincinnati (16-3, 4-2 Big East) pulled it out without point guard Cashmere Wright, who sprained his right knee during a 75-70 win at DePaul on Tuesday night.
Marquette (13-4, 4-1) managed only 13 points in the first half and never led until overtime.
The Golden Eagles' loss leaves No. 6 Syracuse as the only team still unbeaten in Big East play at 5-0. The Orange knocked off No. 1 Louisville 70-68 earlier Saturday.
Vander Blue led Marquette with 19 points.