Khalif Wyatt scored 22 points and Rahlir Hollis-Jefferson had 17 to help Temple knock off No. 5 Duke, 78-73, last night in Philadelphia.
Using tough man-to-man defense that limited Duke’s long-range shots, the Owls (10-3) grabbed the lead midway through the first half and never let it go. When the Blue Devils (12-2) crept within 3 points in the waning minutes, Wyatt hit consecutive 3-pointers for a 66-57 lead.
The Owls had lost nine straight times to Duke, and hadn’t beat the Blue Devils since Jan. 25, 1996. This decisive win in front of more than 20,000 fans gave the Owls wins over Top 10 teams for the fourth straight season, all in Philadelphia.
Mason Plumlee had 16 points and 13 rebounds for the Blue Devils.
Temple fans stormed the court in celebration and lingered long after the final buzzer.
Syracuse 87, Providence 73 - Brandon Triche scored 16 points, hitting three straight 3-pointers early in the second half, and the No. 1 Orange pulled away in Providence.
It’s the second straight season the Orange (16-0, 3-0 Big East) have opened with 16 straight wins. Last season’s team went 18-0 before its first loss.
Scoop Jardine added 10 points and 11 assists for Syracuse.
Georgetown 73, Marquette 70 - Jason Clark scored 26 points and Hollis Thompson’s tiebreaking 3-pointer with less than 30 seconds left capped a comeback from a 17-point deficit, helping the No. 9 Hoyas beat the No. 20 Golden Eagles in Washington.
The Hoyas (13-1, 3-0 Big East) ran their winning streak to 11 games, their longest in five years. They got 16 points from Thompson, 13 from Henry Sims, and key contributions from four freshmen who played significant minutes in the second half.
Kansas 67, Kansas State 49 - Thomas Robinson had 15 points and 14 rebounds and helped thwart the Wildcats’ second-half rally, leading the No. 14 Jayhawks in Lawrence, Kan.
Trailing by as many as 18 points early, the 23d-ranked Wildcats (11-2, 0-1 Big 12) got 3-pointers from Jamar Samuels and Rodney McGruder in a 10-0 run and closed to 39-36. But Conner Teahan’s two 3-pointers triggered a rally by Kansas (11-3, 1-0) that included dunks by Robinson on consecutive possessions.
Murray State 76, E. Kentucky 67 - Donte Poole scored 22 points and Isaiah Canaan added 16 - including the 1,000th of his career - and the No. 19 Racers remained unbeaten.
The Racers (15-0, 3-0 Ohio Valley Conference) are one win from matching the school’s all-time best start set in 1935-36. But to get there they had to hold off a furious rally by the visiting Colonels.
MIT 67, Springfield 59 - Will Tashman’s 18 points led three Engineers in double figures as No. 4 MIT (Division 3) defeated the Pride in Cambridge to remain perfect at 13-0. Springfield fell to 8-5 in losing the NEWMAC opener. Noel Hollingsworth added 14 points and seven rebounds and Jamie Karraker scored 11 points. Alex Berthiaume led Springfield with 16 points.
Baylor 90, Missouri 46 - Odyssey Sims scored 22 points and Brittney Griner had 14 points and nine blocks to lead the top-ranked Lady Bears over the Tigers in the Big 12 opener for both teams.
Griner also had eight rebounds for Baylor, which is 14-0 for the first time in school history. Kimetria Hayden scored 14 points, Jordan Madden added 12, Terran Condrey 10, and Destiny Williams grabbed 10 rebounds for the Lady Bears.
Connecticut 79, West Virginia 60 - Bria Harley scored 18 points and the No. 2 Huskies extended their NCAA-record home winning streak to 93 games with a victory over the Mountaineers.
Five players scored in double figures for UConn (12-1, 2-0 Big East), which broke open a close game in the second half.
Notre Dame 74, Seton Hall 36 - Skylar Diggins scored 14 points and the No. 3 Fighting Irished cruised over the Pirates in South Orange, N.J., for their 11th straight victory.
Kansas State 71, Texas A&M 69 - Mariah White fought through traffic and banked in a runner with 1.6 seconds left in overtime to lift the Wildcats over the Aggies in Manhattan, Kan.
BU 61, Vermont 60 - Mo Moran scored 19 points and added 5 rebounds and 3 assists and Chantell Alford had 13 points as the Terriers held off a second-half rally to defeat the Catamounts in Burlington, Vt. BU improved to 8-6 and 1-0 in the America East opener. Rashidat Agboola had 12 points and a career-high 17 rebounds for the Terriers.
Brown 53, Rhode Island 40 - Aileen Daniels scored 14 points and Lauren Clarke added 13 to lift the Bears over the Rams in Kingston, R.I., for their sixth straight victory. Brown improved to 9-4, while Rhode Island, which got 11 points from Emilie Cloutier, fell to 1-14.
St. John’s 57, Providence 41 - Shenneika Smith scored 18 points and the Red Storm pulled away with 16-3 scoring advantage late in the game to defeat the Friars in New York.
Maine 3, Vermont 1 - Joey Diamond and Brian Flynn each had a goal and an assist to lead the Black Bears (9-7-2, 6-6-1 Hockey East) over the Catamounts (4-14-1, 1-10-1 Hockey East) in Orono, Maine for their sixth win in their last seven games. Adam Shemansky scored the other goal for Maine and Sebastian Stalberg scored for Vermont.