Duke men beat No. 1 Syracuse
Top-ranked Syracuse lost 66-60 at No. 5 Duke and Orange coach Jim Boeheim was ejected.
The Associated Press
DURHAM, N.C. – Fans will remember the OT from the first Syracuse-Duke game — and the T’s that decided Round 2.
The rematch of one of the best games of the season included Hall of Fame coach Jim Boeheim of Syracuse getting ejected after he rushed onto the court to argue a block/charge call.
Rodney Hood scored 13 points and drew that game-changing charging call, which helped fifth-ranked Duke beat the No. 1 Orange 66-60 on Saturday.
“I just thought that was the worst call of the year, that’s all,” Boeheim said.
Freshman Jabari Parker had 19 points and 10 rebounds for the Blue Devils (22-6 overall, 11-4 Atlantic Coast Conference).
Jerami Grant had 17 points and C.J. Fair, the player who was called for the charge, finished with 13 for the Orange (25-2, 12-2).
“Both teams were worthy of winning this game, and both teams were worthy of winning up there,” Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski said. “So going 1-1 was probably the way it should be.”
Syracuse was down 60-58 when Fair drove for an apparent tying layup. But official Tony Greene whistled Fair for charging — and Boeheim ran onto the court to argue. Greene slapped him with two technical fouls and ejected him.
“People will remember this one for 30 years because the old coach went out there and got a little excited,” Boeheim said.
Syracuse, which was upset by Boston College on Wednesday, is the first No. 1 team to lose twice in a week since Texas in 2010.
“I don’t think we’ll probably play anymore,” a sarcastic Boeheim said. “I think we’ll just give up.”
Other Top 10 men
No. 2 Florida 75, at Mississippi 71
Scottie Wilbekin scored 18 points, Michael Frazier II added 17 and the Gators (25-2, 14-0 Southeastern) defeated the Rebels (16-11, 7-7) to extend their school-record winning streak to 19 games.
Florida survived a hot start from Ole Miss’ Marshall Henderson, who scored 22 points in the first half but was then held scoreless.
At No. 3 Wichita St. 83, Drake 54
Tekele Cotton scored 21 points to help the Shockers (29-0, 16-0 Missouri Valley) overwhelm the Bulldogs (14-14, 5-11). Wichita State is the first Division I men’s team to start 29-0 since Illinois in 2004-05 and is two victories from a perfect regular season.
At New Mexico 58, No. 6 San Diego St. 44
Cameron Bairstow had 26 points and nine rebounds as the Lobos (21-5, 12-2 Mountain West) beat the Aztecs (23-3, 12-2) to create a tie for first place in the conference. The teams meet again March 8 in San Diego.
No. 11 Louisville 58, at No. 7 Cincinnati 57
Russ Smith’s 18-foot jumper with 2.2 seconds left gave the Cardinals (23-4, 12-2 American Athletic) a victory over the Bearcats (24-4, 13-2).
Defending national champion Louisville has won six in a row and 10 of 11.
Sean Kilpatrick scored 28 points for Cincinnati, which had won 19 straight at home.
At No. 8 Kansas 85, No. 19 Texas 54
Freshman Andrew Wiggins scored 21 points to help the Jayhawks (21-6, 12-2 Big 12) rout the Longhorns (20-7, 9-5).
Jonathan Holmes scored 17 points for Texas, which beat Kansas 81-69 on Feb. 1.
At No. 9 Villanova 57, St. John’s 54
Darrun Hilliard scored 18 points and Ryan Arcidiacono added 12 as the Wildcats (24-3, 12-2 Big East) defeated the Red Storm (18-10, 8-7), which had won its previous six games.
At No. 10 St. Louis 66, George Washington 59
Jordair Jett scored 16 points to help the Billikens (25-2, 12-0 Atlantic 10) beat the Colonials (20-7, 8-5) and extend their winning streak to 19.
Eastern Washington 85, at Southern Utah 74
Venky Jois scored a career-high 29 points and Tyler Harvey added 26 as the Eagles (13-13, 8-7 Big Sky) beat the hapless Thunderbirds (1-24, 0-16).
Jois had a game-high 13 rebounds.
Top 5 women
No. 1 Connecticut 92, at Houston 41
Bria Hartley and Stefanie Dolson scored 24 points apiece and the Huskies (28-0, 15-0 American Athletic) routed the Cougars (5-22, 1-15). UConn has won 34 games in a row.