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COLLEGE BASKETBALL

Roundup: Struggling Syracuse snaps skid

Maryland guard Seth Allen looked to keep the ball away from Syracuse guard Trevor Cooney in the second half.

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Maryland guard Seth Allen looked to keep the ball away from Syracuse guard Trevor Cooney in the second half.

Up by 12 points with just under six minutes left, fourth-ranked Syracuse appeared poised to secure an unusually easy victory. Not a chance.

After letting the lead dwindle to a single point in the closing seconds, Syracuse squeezed past Maryland, 57-55, on Monday night in College Park, Md., to end a two-game losing streak.

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It was another close call for the Orange (26-2, 13-2 ACC), whose previous four games were decided by a total of 12 points .

‘‘We’re in a lot of these games,’’ coach Jim Boeheim said. ‘‘For the most part we've made good plays at the end of them, and that’s why we are where we are. We’re not overpowering too many people, I can promise you that.’’

Syracuse led, 51-39, with 5:45 left but allowed Maryland (15-13, 7-8) to close to 56-55 with 47 seconds remaining. After C.J. Fair missed for the Orange, Baye Moussa Keita blocked a driving layup by Nick Faust to keep Syracuse in front.

Kansas 83, Oklahoma 75 — Worcester native Naadir Tharpe had 19 points as the No. 5 Jayhawks (22-6, 13-2 Big 12) staved off the visiting Sooners (20-8, 9-6) to wrap up at least a share of their 10th straight Big 12 title.

Mount St. Mary’s 88, Bryant 73 — Alex Francis paced the visiting Bulldogs (17-12, 9-5 Northeast) with 22 points and 10 rebounds, but the Mountaineers (12-15, 8-6) drilled 11 of 21 from 3-point range to earn the victory.

Women

Baylor 96, Oklahoma 89 — Odyssey Sims scored 38 points to help the sixth-ranked Lady Bears (25-3, 15-1 Big 12) hold off a furious rally by the visiting Sooners (17-12, 8-8).

Nebraska 94, Penn State 74 — The No. 16 Cornhuskers (21-5, 11-3 Big Ten) routed the eighth-ranked Lady Lions (21-6, 12-3) in Lincoln, Neb., behind a 3-point shooting performance that ranked best in Division 1 this season, according to STATS. Nebraska shot a blistering 16 of 22 from beyond the arc, a 72.7 percent clip.

Bryant 70, Sacred Heart 66 — Jenniqua Bailey filled the stat sheet for the Bulldogs (14-13, 9-7 Northeast), tallying 15 points, 10 rebounds, and 8 assists in a comeback victory over the Pioneers (11-16, 8-8) in Smithfield, R.I.

Wagner 75, Central Conn. 63 — Jessica Babe had 22 points, but the host Blue Devils (10-16, 4-12 Northeast) fell after getting outscored, 46-33, by the Seahawks (9-18, 8-8) in the second half.

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