Top 25 Capsules: Syracuse stays unbeaten; Sullinger injures foot
RALEIGH, N.C. – Dion Waiters scored a career-high 22 points to help No. 1 Syracuse beat North Carolina State 88-72 on Saturday.
Scoop Jardine added 16 points for the Orange (11-0), including a pair of 3-pointers during an 11-2 spurt that finally gave them some cushion after the Wolfpack fought back from a 17-point deficit late in the first half.
NO. 2 OHIO STATE 74, SOUTH CAROLINA 66
COLUMBIA, S.C. – Deshaun Thomas scored a career-high 30 points and Ohio State overcame the loss of star Jared Sullinger to give Thad Matta his 200th win as Buckeyes coach.
Sullinger left in the first half after getting kicked in the left foot. X-rays showed no fracture, although it wasn’t known if Sullinger would play against Lamar on Tuesday night.
Even if he can’t, Thomas showed he’s more than ready to lead Ohio State (10-1). The 6-foot-7 sophomore hit 13 of 16 shots and surpassed his previous high of 24 points set last season against North Carolina A&T. William Buford added 17 points for Ohio State.
NO. 3 KENTUCKY 87,
LEXINGTON, Ky. – Doron Lamb scored 24 points to help Kentucky (9-1) bounce back from its first loss of the season despite an injury to forward Terrence Jones.
Voted preseason All-America, Jones spent much of the game on the bench after hurting a finger on his left hand early in the first half. He checked back in but played only 10 minutes. He finished with no points and one rebound.
NO. 4 LOUISVILLE 95,
LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Russ Smith set personal bests with 24 points and seven steals as Louisville extended its home winning streak to 18 games.
Gorgui Dieng added 14 points and 14 rebounds in the schools’ first meeting since the Cardinals (10-0) beat the Tigers (5-4) by a point to win the Conference USA tournament in 2005 before departing for the Big East.
NO. 5 NORTH CAROLINA 97, APPALACHIAN STATE 82
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. – Tyler Zeller had 31 points and 10 rebounds, and John Henson added 17 points to lead North Carolina.
The Tar Heels (9-2) never trailed, led by 29 and shot 54.5 percent to claim their third straight win and 22nd in a row at the Dean Smith Center.
NO. 6 BAYLOR 86, BYU 83
PROVO, Utah – Perry Jones III scored a career-high 28 points and Brady Heslip hit six 3-pointers and had 18 points for Baylor.
Brandon Davies had a chance to force overtime but his 3-point attempt at the buzzer was blocked by 5-foot-10 Pierre Jackson.
Freshman guard Matt Carlino scored 18 points in his debut for BYU (8-3).
NO. 11 MARQUETTE 93, NORTHERN COLORADO 72
MILWAUKEE – Freshman Todd Mayo replaced suspended star Darius Johnson-Odom in the starting lineup and scored 22 points to lead Marquette.
Jae Crowder added 19 points and 11 rebounds for Marquette (10-0), which moved to 10-0 for the first time in a decade and seventh time in school history. Vander Blue had 18 points
NO. 13 FLORIDA 84,
NO. 22 TEXAS A&M 64
SUNRISE, Fla. – Kenny Boynton sank six 3-pointers and scored 22 points for Florida, which built an early 16-point lead and coasted from there.
The Gators (8-2) won for the first time in three games this season against teams that are in the Top 25. Texas A&M (8-2) had a six-game winning streak snapped.
NO. 15 PITTSBURGH 69, SOUTH CAROLINA STATE 55
PITTSBURGH – Lamar Patterson tied a career high with 16 points and Pittsburgh pulled away in the second half for the victory.
Ashton Gibbs added 14 points and a team-high six assists for the Panthers (10-1), who have won eight straight.
NO. 16 GEORGETOWN 81, AMERICAN 55
WASHINGTON – Georgetown center Henry Sims took over the game early in the second half, finishing with 17 points and six assists, and Markel Starks scored 18 for the Hoyas.
Sims assisted on back-door baskets on four consecutive possessions in the opening minutes after halftime as Georgetown (9-1) broke open a tight game for its seventh straight win.
NO. 17 MISSISSIPPI ST. 80, DETROIT 75
DETROIT – Rodney Hood hit a jumper with 17.7 seconds left to lift Mississippi State to its 10th straight victory.
Hood’s shot broke a 75-all tie and Arnett Moultrie blocked a shot seconds later to keep the Bulldogs (11-1) ahead.
NO. 18 INDIANA 69,
NOTRE DAME 58
INDIANAPOLIS – Cody Zeller had 21 points and eight rebounds to lead Indiana in the inaugural Crossroads Classic at Conseco Fieldhouse.
The Hoosiers are 10-0 for the first time since 1989-90, protected their first Top 25 ranking in more than three years and are now poised to make their 500th appearance in the next AP poll.
NO. 19 ILLINOIS 48
CHICAGO – Mike Moser had 17 points and 11 rebounds, UNLV went on a 14-2 run to close the first half and the Runnin’ Rebels handed Illinois its first loss of the season.
UNLV (11-2), which beat then-No. 1 North Carolina earlier this season, used its quick, switching defense and nine blocked shots to frustrate the Illini.
The cold-shooting Illini (10-1) were led by D.J. Richardson with 19 points. Illinois shot 25.4 percent (16 for 63) and had 15 turnovers. The Illini went 7 of 25 from 3-point range.
NO. 20 MICHIGAN 87, ALABAMA A&M 57
ANN ARBOR, Mich. – Evan Smotrycz had 17 points and 11 rebounds for Michigan, which shot 63 percent from the field in the second half.
Trey Burke led the Wolverines (9-2) with 19 points, and Zack Novak and Tim Hardaway Jr. contributed 13 each.
NO. 21 MICHIGAN STATE 74, BOWLING GREEN 60
EAST LANSING, Mich. – Brandon Wood scored 16 points and to help Michigan State overcome a sluggish first half.
Derrick Nix added a career-high 14 points to go with seven rebounds, and Branden Dawson had 13 points for the Spartans (9-2), who have won nine straight. Draymond Green had his fifth double-double this season with 12 points and 10 rebounds.
KANSAS STATE 71,
NO. 23 ALABAMA 58
KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Jordan Henriquez scored a career-high 17 points and Angel Rodriguez added a career-best 13 for Kansas State.
Jamar Samuels chipped in 14 points for the Wildcats (7-1), who used a 19-6 run midway through the second half to avoid going to overtime for the third consecutive game.
JaMychal Green scored 20 points and Trevor Releford, who grew up in suburban Kansas City, added 14 for Alabama (8-3), which has lost three of four.
NO. 24 MURRAY ST. 66, ARKANSAS ST. 53
MURRAY, Ky. – Isaiah Canaan hit six 3-pointers and scored 21 points to lead Murray State, which is off to its best start since the 1950-51 season.
Ivan Aska added 14 points and 11 rebounds, and Donte Poole had 11 points for the Racers (12-0). Canaan had five 3-pointers in the first half for Murray State, which went 8 of 19 from beyond the arc to help offset 15 turnovers.
NO. 25 CREIGHTON 97, HOUSTON BAPTIST 62
OMAHA, Neb. – Doug McDermott scored 25 points, and Gregory Echenique had 18 points and 14 rebounds to lead Creighton.
McDermott, who came in as the nation’s No. 2 scorer at 24 points a game, had his eighth straight 20-point game for the Bluejays (8-1).
INDIANA STATE 61,
NO. 25 VANDERBILT 55
NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Steve McWhorter hit two free throws with 3:32 left to give Indiana State its first win over a ranked team since 2006.
Indiana State (8-2) is off to its best start since opening 8-1 in 2005-06. The Sycamores’ last win over a ranked team came on their own court against No. 14 Butler on Dec. 12, 2006.
John Jenkins, the SEC’s leading scorer last season who is averaging a league-best 21.3 points this season, was held to 11 for Vanderbilt (6-4).