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Calhoun returns but Rutgers springs upset on No. 8 UConn

Freshman Eli Carter continued his scoring streak with 19 points and host Rutgers beat a top-10 team for the second time this season, defeating No. 8 Connecticut, 67-60, last night in Huskies coach Jim Calhoun’s return from a three-game NCAA suspension.

Freshman Myles Mack added 14 points for the Scarlet Knights (9-7, 1-2 Big East), who beat then-No. 10 Florida, 85-83, Dec. 29. The win ended a 10-game skid against UConn.

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Rutgers ruined Calhoun’s return when it used a 10-0 run in the second half to take the lead for good. Mike Poole and Mack each hit a 3-pointer in the run that gave the Scarlet Knights a 52-45 lead with 7:29 to play.

UConn (12-3, 2-2) never got any offense going, especially from the perimeter against Rutgers’s zone defense, and the Huskies finished with a season-high 20 turnovers. Shabazz Napier had 23 points for the Huskies, while freshman center Andre Drummond had 10 points, 12 rebounds, and 7 turnovers.

Syracuse 73, Marquette 66 - Kris Joseph scored 17 points, Brandon Triche added 16, and the top-ranked Orange (17-0, 4-0 Big East) earned a gritty win over the visiting No. 20 Golden Eagles (12-4, 1-2).

Kentucky 79, South Carolina 64 - Terrence Jones hit his first eight shots to finish with 20 points and the No. 2 Wildcats (15-1) beat the visiting Gamecocks (8-7) in the Southeastern Conference opener for both teams.

Baylor 73, Texas Tech 60 - Pierre Jackson scored 19 points and the No. 4 Bears knocked off the host Red Raiders, continuing their best start in school history by improving to 15-0.

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Brady Heslip had 16 points and Quincy Miller added 15 for Baylor (2-0 Big 12). Javarez Willis scored 13 points for Texas Tech (7-7, 0-2).

Duke 81, Georgia Tech 74 - Ryan Kelly scored 21 points, Seth Curry added 15, and the No. 5 Blue Devils (13-2, 1-0 ACC) beat the host Yellow Jackets (7-8, 0-1) to avoid consecutive defeats for the first time since February 2009.

Ohio St. 76, Iowa 47 - Jared Sullinger scored a season-high 28 points and the No. 6 Buckeyes (15-2, 3-1 Big Ten) pounded the host Hawkeyes (10-7, 2-2).

Kansas St. 75, Missouri 59 - In Columbia, Mo., Rodney McGruder scored 20 points and the No. 23 Wildcats (12-2, 1-1 Big 12) handed the seventh-ranked Tigers their first loss. Marcus Denmon led Missouri (14-1, 1-1) with 17 points.

West Virginia 74, Georgetown 62 - Kevin Jones had 22 points and 16 rebounds and Truck Bryant added 25 points as the host Mountaineers (12-4, 3-1 Big East) upset the No. 9 Hoyas (13-2, 3-1), whose winning streak ended at 11 games.

Notre Dame 67, Louisville 65 - Jack Cooley had 18 points and 10 rebounds and Eric Atkins scored 6 points in the second overtime to propel the visiting Fighting Irish (10-6, 2-1 Big East) past the No. 11 Cardinals (13-3, 1-2).

Tennessee 67, Florida 56 - Kenny Hall scored a season-high 13 points as the host Vols (8-7, 1-0 SEC) turned in a superb defensive effort to upset the No. 13 Gators (12-4, 0-1).

Kansas 72, Oklahoma 61 - Travis Releford scored 28 points and the No. 14 Jayhawks (12-3, 2-0 Big 12) beat the Sooners (10-4, 0-2) in Norman, Okla.

Arkansas 98, Mississippi St. 88 - Julysses Nobles scored a career-high 24 points and the host Razorbacks (12-3, 1-0 SEC) upset the No. 15 Bulldogs (13-3, 0-1).

Murray St. 87, Austin Peay 75 - Isaiah Canaan scored 35 points and the No. 19 Racers (16-0, 4-0 Ohio Valley) tied the best start in school history by beating the host Governors (3-13, 0-3).

Virginia 52, Miami 51 - Mike Scott scored 23 points and the No. 21 Cavaliers (14-1, 1-0 ACC) held off the visiting Hurricanes (9-5, 0-1) to win their 12th in a row.

Gonzaga 80, Santa Clara 58 - Sam Dower scored 17 points and the No. 25 Bulldogs (13-2, 3-0 West Coast) won their eighth in a row by beating the visiting Broncos (8-7, 0-2).

Old Dominion 75, Towson 38 - Kent Bazemore scored 14 points and the host Monarchs (8-8, 3-1 CAA) beat the Tigers (0-16, 0-4), who extended their losing streak to an NCAA Division 1-record 35 games. Sacramento State lost 34 in a row from 1997-99.

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