Markel Starks scored 16 of his career-high 20 points in the second half and No. 12 Georgetown snapped No. 4 Louisville’s 20-game home winning streak with a 71-68 victory last night in the Big East opener for both teams.
The Cardinals (12-1) had been one of six Division 1 teams that entered play last night without a loss. Louisville held a tenuous lead through most of the first half and early into the second. But Starks hit all four of his 3-point attempts in the second half as Georgetown (11-1) built an 11-point lead before having to survive a rally to win for the ninth consecutive time.
Freshman Otto Porter had 14 points and 14 rebounds, including two late that helped fend off the Cardinals, for Georgetown.
Kyle Kuric finished with 17 points and Peyton Siva had 15 for Louisville.
Georgetown hasn’t lost since falling to Kansas Nov. 21. Louisville had been off to its best start since 1974-75 and its longest home winning streak since 1984.
UConn 60, South Florida 57 - Jeremy Lamb scored 16 of his 23 points in the second half, helping the No. 9 Huskies (11-1, 1-0 Big East) hold off the host Bulls (7-7, 0-1) without suspended coach Jim Calhoun.
Lamb led a game-ending surge with a jumper and three free throws in the final 1:46 to help the Huskies close out their sixth consecutive victory. Calhoun began serving a three-game suspension by the NCAA for failing to create an atmosphere of compliance within the program.
Assistant George Blaney is leading the defending national champions during the ban.
Syracuse 75, Seton Hall 49 - Fab Melo had 12 points and 10 blocks, both career highs, and the No. 1 Orange (14-0) stifled the visiting Pirates (11-2) in the Big East opener for both teams.
Dion Waiters had 15 points and Brandon Triche added 11 for Syracuse. The victory was the 870th of Jim Boeheim’s career, putting him within six of fourth-place Adolph Rupp of Kentucky and nine of third-place North Carolina’s Dean Smith on the Division 1 list.
Jordan Theodore had 14 points for Seton Hall, which had an eight-game winning streak snapped.
Ohio St. 87, Northwestern 54 - William Buford had career highs of 28 points and five 3-pointers as the No. 2 Buckeyes (13-1) showed off their perimeter shooting in a rout of the visiting Wildcats (10-3) in the Big Ten opener for both teams.
Kentucky 86, Lamar 64 - Michael Kidd-Gilchrist had 18 points and the No. 3 Wildcats (12-1) routed the visiting Cardinals (8-5).
Baylor 54, Mississippi St. 52 - Pierre Jackson drove for a layup with 28 seconds left and the No. 6 Bears remained undefeated by edging the 15th-ranked Bulldogs (12-2) in Dallas. Baylor (13-0) is off to its best start in school history.
Michigan St. 80, Indiana 65 - In East Lansing, Mich., Keith Appling scored a career-high 25 points and sparked a 20-0 second-half run to help the No. 16 Spartans (12-2, 1-0 Big Ten) win their 12th straight and hand the No. 13 Hoosiers (12-1, 0-1) their first loss.
UNLV 124, Central Arkansas 75 - Chace Stanback hit 9 of 11 3-pointers en route to a 29-point performance and the No. 20 Runnin’ Rebels (14-2) blew out the Bears (5-7) in Las Vegas.
Missouri St. 77, Creighton 65 - Kyle Weems scored 25 of his career-high 31 points in the second half, Anthony Downing scored a career-high 26, and the visiting Bears (8-5, 1-0 Missouri Valley) surprised the No. 21 Bluejays (10-2, 0-1).
Quinnipiac 80, Colgate 70 - Ike Azotam tallied a double-double, scoring 20 points and grabbing 14 boards, and the visiting Bobcats (7-5) got past the Raiders (5-7).
Western Conn. 101, WPI 93 - Senior guard DaQuan Brooks tied a career high with 40 points and the Colonials improved to 11-1 with a win over the host Engineers. Matt Carr finished with 22 points and 11 rebounds for WPI (8-2), ranked 17th in Division 3.
Middle Tennessee 70, Kentucky 58 - Icelyn Elie scored 23 points and Ebony Rowe added 21 while grabbing 12 rebounds as the host Blue Raiders (9-5) upset the sixth-ranked Wildcats (11-2).
Notre Dame 92, Longwood 26 - Deveraux Peters scored 19 points and the No. 3 Fighting Irish (12-1) opened with a 27-0 run before going on to crush the visiting Lancers (2-12).
Maryland 84, Lafayette 36 - Brene Moseley scored 12 points and the No. 5 Terps remained unbeaten after a rout of the Leopards in the first round of the Terrapin Classic in College Park, Md. Alyssa Thomas scored 11 points and Tianna Hawkins had her sixth double-double of the season with 10 points and 13 rebounds for Maryland (12-0), which will play No. 19 Delaware, a 60-40 winner of East Carolina, in tonight’s final.
Tennessee 90, Old Dominion 37 - Glory Johnson had 16 points and 11 rebounds and the No. 7 Lady Vols (8-3) toyed with the visiting Lady Monarchs (3-10).
Miami 89, Holy Cross 49 - Shenise Woodson led a balanced attack with 17 points, 10 rebounds, and 7 assists as the 12th-ranked Hurricanes (10-2) breezed past the Crusaders (6-6) in the Miami Holiday Classic. Alex Smith led Holy Cross with 11 points.
UMass 76, Elon 56 - Megan Zullo hit 5 of 6 3-pointers and finished with 19 points, leading the Minutewomen (5-8) past the Phoenix (5-6) and into a place in tonight’s final against Virginia in the Cavalier Classic in Charlottesville, Va.
Providence 78, Akron 65 - Alicia Cropper scored 16 points and the visiting Friars (7-6) pulled away in the second half to down the Zips (5-8).
Florida St. 92, Yale 58 - Alexa Deluzio led a balanced attack with 20 points and the Seminoles (7-6) dominated the Bulldogs (5-6) from start to finish in Tallahassee, Fla.