College roundup: Syracuse defeats Providence, 72-66

C.J. Fair scored 23 points with 11 rebounds, and Michael Carter-Williams scored 17 with six assists on Wednesday night as No. 7 Syracuse rallied from a 9-point, first-half deficit to beat Providence, 72-66, at the Dunkin’ Donuts Center in Providence.

Rakeem Christmas scored 15 with eight rebounds for the Orange (15-1, 3-0 Big East), who won their fifth consecutive game since a Dec. 22 loss to Temple at Madison Square Garden that is their only defeat of the season.


Bryce Cotton scored 24 for Providence (8-7, 0-3), which lost its fifth in a row.

Behind 17 first-half points by Cotton — 14 coming in a 4:23 span — Providence led by 3 at the half. The Friars hung close until they went more than five minutes without a basket late in the game.

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Syracuse made just 3 of 21 attempts from 3-point range, and Providence was 9 of 18.

Michigan 62, Nebraska 47 — Glenn Robinson III had 14 points, including a pair of crucial dunks in the second half, and the No. 2 Wolverines (16-0, 3-0 Big Ten) equaled their best start to a season by beating the visiting Cornhuskers (9-7, 0-3). The only other Michigan team to start 16-0 was the 1985-86 squad.

Louisville 73, Seton Hall 58 — Gorgui Dieng had 16 points and 14 rebounds to lead the No. 3 Cardinals (14-1, 2-0 Big East) past the host Pirates (12-4, 1-2) for their ninth straight win.


Kansas 97, Iowa St. 89 — Freshman Ben McLemore had a career-high 33 points, including a tying 3-pointer with a second left in regulation, and the No. 6 Jayhawks (13-1, 1-0 Big 12) rallied to beat the visiting Cyclones (10-4, 0-1) in overtime.

Minnesota 84, Illinois 67 — Joe Coleman scored 29 points and Andre Hollins added 22 to help the No. 8 Golden Gophers (15-1, 3-0 Big Ten) hold off the 12th-ranked Illini (14-3, 1-2) in Champaign, Ill.

Florida 77, Georgia 44 — Mike Rosario scored 19 points, Erik Murphy added 11 despite playing with a broken rib, and the No. 11 Gators (11-2) opened Southeastern Conference play with a rout of the visiting Bulldogs (6-8), their 16th win in the last 19 meetings against Georgia.

Butler 72, Saint Joseph’s 66 — Rotnei Clarke scored 28 points and Andrew Smith had 24 points and 10 rebounds to lead the No. 14 Bulldogs (13-2) past the host Hawks (8-5, 0-1) in their Atlantic 10 Conference debut, stretching their win streak to 10 games.

N.C. State 83, Georgia Tech 70 — Lorenzo Brown had 21 points and 10 assists and the No. 20 Wolfpack (13-2, 2-0 Atlantic Coast) pulled away late to beat the visiting Yellow Jackets (10-4, 0-2) for their ninth straight win.

Wichita St. 82, Southern Illinois 76 — Cleanthony Early scored 39 points to help the No. 23 Shockers (15-1, 4-0 Missouri Valley) slip past the visiting Salukis (7-8, 0-4). Early’s total was the most by a Shocker since Xavier McDaniel had 44 in 1985.

New Mexico 65, UNLV 60 — Alex Kirk had 23 points and nine rebounds to help push the No. 25 Lobos (14-2) past the No. 24 Runnin’ Rebels (13-3) in a Mountain West opener in Albuquerque.

Hartford 68, Maine 61 — Mark Nwakamma scored 23 points and the host Hawks (10-6, 3-0 America East) beat the Black Bears (8-8, 2-1) for their third straight win.

Richmond 64, Rhode Island 61 — Xavier Munford scored 25 points but the host Spiders (11-5, 1-0 Atlantic 10) held off the Rams (5-9, 0-1).

UMBC 68, UNH 57 — Patrick Konan paced the visiting Wildcats (4-11, 0-3) with 19 points and seven rebounds but the Retrievers (3-13, 1-2) got 21 points from Ryan Cook and pulled away in the second half for the America East win.

Women’s basketball

Baylor 67, Iowa St. 39 — Brittney Griner scored 23 points and the top-ranked Lady Bears (13-1, 3-0) won a Big 12-record 25th straight game by beating the No. 25 Cyclones (11-2, 2-1) in Waco, Texas.

UConn 75, Georgetown 48 — Kelly Faris scored 15 points and the No. 3 Huskies (13-1, 1-1 Big East) survived a sloppy outing to beat the Hoyas (10-5, 1-1) in Washington.

BU 58, Vermont 30 — Rashidat Agboola led a balanced attack with 13 points and the host Terriers (13-3, 3-0 America East) rolled past the Catamounts (4-11, 1-1) to extend their winning streak to 10.

UNH 63, UMBC 62 — Morgan Frame finished with 20 points and 12 rebounds and Elizabeth Belanger hit a key free throw with seven seconds left to lift the host Wildcats (6-9, 1-2 America East) past the Retrievers (5-11, 1-2).

Hartford 52, Maine 37 — Nikkia Smith had 15 points and eight rebounds to lead the visiting Hawks (10-6, 1-2 America East) past the Black Bears (1-14, 0-2). , who got 15 points from Dabielle Walczak.

Bentley 71, Assumption 61 — Jacqui Brugliera and Courtney Finn each scored 14 points and the visiting Falcons (12-0, 8-0 NE-10), ranked No. 2 in Division 2, got past the Greyhounds (9-6, 6-2).

Women’s hockey

BC 6, Northeastern 2 — Katie Leary scored twice and added two assists, helping the No. 3 Eagles (13-3-2, 8-2-1 Hockey East) pull away from the ninth-ranked Huskies (11-6-2, 5-4-1) at Matthews Arena.

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