Trae Golden scored 16 points, including six clutch free throws in the final seconds, and Georgia Tech stunned struggling No. 7 Syracuse, 67-62, Tuesday night at the Carrier Dome.
Syracuse (26-4, 13-4 Atlantic Coast Conference) had lost three of four coming into the game and dropped three more spots in the rankings after starting the season with 25 straight wins and spending three weeks at the top of the rankings.
Georgia Tech (14-16, 5-12) snapped a four-game losing streak.
It was the second straight home loss for Syracuse and cost the Orange a great chance to lock up a high seed in the conference tournament next week.
It was the final home game in the careers of seniors C.J. Fair and Baye Moussa Keita, and it was one they will long remember — for all the wrong reasons despite Fair’s 28 points, which matched his career high.
Daniel Miller had 15 points and Robert Carter Jr. added 12 for Georgia Tech.
Jerami Grant, the Orange’s leading rebounder, had been hobbled by back problems the past two games and watched in street clothes as freshman Tyler Roberson made his first start of the season.
Fair was 12 of 25 from the field and freshman Tyler Ennis finished with 18 points and seven assists.
Florida 72, South Carolina 46 — Michael Frazier II set a Florida record with 11 3-pointers to finish with a career-high 37 points and help the top-ranked Gators rout the host Gamecocks and move a game from a perfect Southeastern Conference regular season.
Frazier kept the Gators (28-2, 17-0), who won their school-record 22d straight, in the game when his teammates struggled in the opening half. He added some on-target icing on the victory when Florida took control with a 23-5 run midway through the second half.
Mindaugus Kacinas had 12 points to lead South Carolina (11-19, 4-13).
Michigan 84, Illinois 53 — Nik Stauskas scored 24 points and the visiting No. 12 Wolverines shot 70 percent from the 3-point line to win their first Big Ten title outright since 1986.
The Wolverines (22-7, 14-3 Big Ten) were 16 of 23 from 3-point range, including Stauskas’s career-high seven.
The Illini (17-13, 6-11) had won three straight and had held four straight opponents to fewer than 50 points. The loss was their worst at home in the 51-year history of the arena now called the State Farm Center.
Georgetown 75, Creighton 63 — D'Vauntes Smith-Rivera had 18 points and a career-high 12 rebounds, and the host Hoyas frustrated Doug McDermott until late in the game, holding off a rally led by the nation’s leading scorer to top the No. 13 Bluejays.
Markel Starks added 17 points and 11 assists, and Jabril Trawick had 15 points and seven rebounds for the Hoyas (17-12, 8-9 Big East), who shot 54 percent and advanced their cause as a bubble team for the NCAA Tournament.
Baylor 74, Iowa St. 61 — Brady Heslip scored 18 points, including five 3-pointers in the second half, and the host Bears got a much-needed boost to their NCAA Tournament hopes with a victory over the No. 16 Cyclones.
There were 15 lead changes and four ties before Heslip put the Bears (20-10, 8-9 Big 12) ahead with a tiebreaking three with 2:14 left — the start of a game-ending 13-0 run. After a turnover by Iowa State (22-7, 10-7), Kenny Chery hit a long jumper and then had another.
Kentucky 55, Alabama 48 — Julius Randle had 12 points and 11 rebounds and the host No. 25 Wildcats rallied past the Crimson Tide to end a two-game losing streak.
Needing a bounce after Saturday’s loss at South Carolina with a huge hurdle looming this weekend at No. 1 Florida, the Wildcats (22-8, 12-5 SEC) used a 15-2 second-half run to build a 43-34 lead. They added several smaller runs to hold off the stubborn Crimson Tide (12-18, 6-11).
Providence 81, Marquette 80 — Bryce Cotton hit two free throws with 7.2 seconds remaining in double overtime to lift the host Friars (20-10, 10-7 Big East) to a critical victory over the Golden Eagles (18-12, 9-8).
Baylor 70, Iowa State 54 — Nina Davis scored 26 points to help the No. 9 Lady Bears clinch a share of the Big 12 title by beating the Cyclones in Ames, Iowa.
Sune Agbuke had 9 points and 11 rebounds for the Lady Bears (26-4, 16-2 Big 12), who finished the regular season tied with West Virginia atop the conference. The Lady Bears have the top seed in the Big 12 tournament because of a tiebreaker.
Nikki Moody had 17 points and Hallie Christofferson scored 14 for Iowa State (20-9, 9-9), which was outrebounded, 48-32.
NJIT 87, UMass-Lowell 75 — Martina Matejcikova had 27 points and Alyssa Albanese added 23 points and 10 rebounds to lift the Highlanders (8-20) over the River Hawks (5-23) in Newark. Shannon Samuels had a game-high 29 points and Jasmine McRoy added 23 for UMass-Lowell.