Top 25: No. 2 Syracuse edges Duke in ACC showdown

Tyler Ennis (11) and Jerami Grant finally got to breathe easy after No. 2 Syracuse edged No. 17 Duke in overtime.
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Tyler Ennis (11) and Jerami Grant finally got to breathe easy after No. 2 Syracuse edged No. 17 Duke in overtime.

Jerami Grant scored 8 points in overtime to finish with a career-high 24 and Jim Boeheim’s second-ranked Syracuse stayed unbeaten, topping Mike Krzyzewski’s No. 17 Duke, 91-89, on Saturday in a matchup of the two winningest coaches in Division 1 history.

Krzyzewski said before the game that he hoped the highly anticipated matchup lived up to its billing. After the Orange withstood a tying 3-pointer in regulation and won before a Carrier Dome-record crowd of 35,446, Boeheim said it certainly did, and then some.

‘‘We’ve had a lot of games that have been here that are great. There’s never been one as good as this one,’’ Boeheim said.


C.J. Fair scored a career-best 28 points as Syracuse (21-0, 8-0 Atlantic Coast Conference) set a school record for consecutive wins to start a season. The Orange remained one of two undefeated teams in the nation, along with No. 4 Wichita State.

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Duke’s Rasheed Sulaimon beat the buzzer in regulation with an off-balance 3-pointer that tied it at 78. The Blue Devils led, 87-84, with 80 seconds left in overtime before Syracuse rallied.

Jabari Parker had 15 points and nine rebounds before fouling out in regulation for Duke (17-5, 6-3), which had won five in a row.

The game was tied at 78 after regulation, and there were two more ties in the extra session. Grant had three straight slams for the Orange, while Andre Dawkins hit a follow and a three from the top of the key as Duke took a 3-point lead with 1:20 left.

California 60, Arizona 58 — Justin Cobbs hit a step-back jumper with 0.9 seconds left, and the host Golden Bears stunned the No. 1 Wildcats to hand Arizona its first loss of the season.


 Cobbs dribbled to his left and beat Nick Johnson, then pulled up in front of Kaleb Tarczewski to sink the winning shot that sent a raucous crowd at Haas Pavilion spilling onto the court. Cal coach Mike Montgomery and security had to usher fans away before the final play.

 Gabe York’s full-court pass was knocked down to give Cal (15-7, 6-3 Pac-12) its first victory over a top-ranked opponent since Jan. 30, 1994.

 Johnson had a chance to put Arizona (21-1, 8-1) ahead but missed a jumper with 17 seconds remaining.

Texas 81, Kansas 69 — Freshman guard Isaiah Taylor scored 23 points, Jonathan Holmes had 22, and the surging No. 25 Longhorns beat the No. 6 Jayhawks in Austin for their sixth consecutive victory.

The Longhorns (17-4, 6-2) thumped the Jayhawks (16-5, 7-1) with suffocating defense that held the Big 12’s best shooting team to 39 percent from the floor. Kansas freshman Andrew Wiggins, who averaged 24 points over the previous three games, scored 7 before fouling out.


Georgetown 64, Michigan State 60 — Markel Starks scored 16 points and the Hoyas (12-9) ended a five-game skid by upsetting the No. 7 Spartans (19-3) at Madison Square Garden.

Florida 69, Texas A&M 36 — Michael Frazier II scored 21 points, Dorian Finney-Smith added 11, and the No. 3 Gators (19-2, 8-0 Southeastern) overwhelmed the visiting Aggies (12-9, 3-5) to extend their winning streak to 13 games.

Wichita State 81, Evansville 67 — Fred VanVleet and Ron Baker had 14 points apiece, and the fourth-ranked Shockers (23-0, 10-0 Missouri Valley) withstood an early barrage by the visiting Purple Aces (10-13, 3-7) before cruising to a win that kept them among the nation’s two unbeaten teams.

San Diego State 65, Colorado State 56 — Xavier Thames scored 24 points and Winston Shepard had 17 to lead the No. 5 Aztecs (19-1, 8-0 Mountain West) over the visiting Rams (12-10, 3-6), earning their 18th straight win and giving coach Steve Fisher his 300th victory at San Diego State.

Baylor 76, Oklahoma State 70 — Brady Heslip scored a season-high 20 points to help the visiting Bears (14-7, 2-6 Big 12) upset the No. 8 Cowboys (16-5, 4-4), ending a five-game losing streak. Markel Brown scored 24 points and made 6 of 8 3-pointers for Oklahoma State.

Villanova 90, Temple 74 — James Bell scored 19 points to lead the No. 9 Wildcats to a rout of the host Owls, giving Villanova (19-2) a perfect 4-0 record in Big 5 play and its 22d Big 5 title in program history. Temple (6-14) lost for the 11th time in its last 13 games.

Kentucky 84, Missouri 79 — Aaron Harrison scored 21 points to help the No. 11 Wildcats (16-5, 6-2 Southeastern) get past the host Tigers (16-5, 4-4), who were led by Jabari Brown’s career-high 33 points.

Louisville 87, Central Florida 70 — Russ Smith scored 27 points and Luke Hancock added 16 to help the No. 12 Cardinals (18-4, 7-2 American Athletic) pull away from the visiting Knights (9-10, 1-7).

Ohio State 59, Wisconsin 58 — LaQuinton Ross had 13 points and Aaron Craft scored all 7 of his points in the final four minutes, lifting the No. 24 Buckeyes (17-5, 4-5 Big Ten) over the No. 14 Badgers (17-5, 4-5) in Madison, Wis.

Iowa 81, Illinois 74 — Gabriel Olaseni set career highs with 15 points and 12 rebounds, and the No. 15 Hawkeyes (17-5, 6-3 Big Ten) started fast and held off the host Illini (13-9, 2-7).

Iowa State 81, Oklahoma 75 — Sophomore Georges Niang scored a career-high 27 points and the No. 16 Cyclones (16-4, 4-4 Big 12) held off the 23d-ranked Sooners (17-5, 6-3) in Ames, Iowa, for just their second win in six games.

Saint Louis 87, George Mason 81 — Rob Loe scored 10 of his career-high 23 points in OT to help the No. 19 Billikens (20-2, 7-0 Atlantic 10) edge the host Patriots (7-14, 0-7) and extend their winning streak to a school-record-tying 14 games.

SMU 87, Memphis 72 — Nic Moore had 14 points and 10 assists and the Mustangs (17-5, 6-3 American Athletic) improved to 11-0 at home and handed the No. 22 Tigers (16-5, 6-3) their first conference road loss in two years.