Syracuse survives Miami scare

  • Associated Press January 25, 2014
Miami players Rion Brown, left, and Donnavan Kirk, right, defend Syracuse’s C.J. Fair during the second half Saturday. - Associated Press

No. 2 Syracuse held Miami without a basket for 7½ minutes down the stretch Saturday and made eight consecutive free throws in the final minute to remain unbeaten with a 64-52 victory over the Hurricanes.

Miami led 47-46 with less than 7 minutes to go but made only one field goal the rest of the way.

Syracuse (19-0, 6-0 Atlantic Coast Conference) needs one more victory to tie the school record for most wins to start a season, set two years ago. The ACC newcomers beat defending league champion Miami (10-9, 2-5) for the second time in three weeks.

Jerami Grant scored 16 points to lead the Orange, who had a 39-24 rebounding advantage.

Davon Reed scored 16 points for the Hurricanes, who kept it close by shooting 9 of 17 from 3-point range.

No. 4 Villanova 94, Marquette 85, OT: Ryan Arcidiacono had 20 points and 11 assists, and coolly guided Villanova in overtime to a 94-85 win over Marquette following a frenzied finish to regulation.

Arcidiacono had six points and two assists in the extra period.

He hustled for a loose ball with 37.7 seconds left that allowed Villanova coach Jay Wright to call a timeout and avoid a turnover.

No. 6 Florida 67, Tennessee 41: Michael Frazier II scored 17 points and Scottie Wilbekin added 13 as Florida won its 11th straight, 67-41 over Tennessee.

No. 10 Iowa 76, Northwestern 50: Roy Devyn Marble scored 14 points for Iowa, which never trailed and went on to a 76-50 win over Northwestern.

Gabriel Olaseni had 14 points and 10 rebounds and Mike Gesell added 11 points for the Hawkeyes (16-4, 5-2 Big Ten).

No. 14 Kentucky 79, Georgia 54: Aaron Harrison scored 15 points as Kentucky pulled away to its third straight win, 79-54 over Georgia. Julius Randle added 14 points while James Young had 13.

No. 16 Iowa State 81, No. 22 Kansas State 75: Melvin Ejim scored 20 points and Iowa State snapped a three-game losing streak, 81-75, over Kansas State.

No. 18 Duke 78, Florida State 56: Rodney Hood scored 18 points to help Duke to a 78-56 win over Florida State, giving Hall of Fame coach Mike Krzyzewski his 900th victory at the school.

Texas 74, No. 24 Baylor 60: Texas freshman guard Isaiah Taylor scored a career-high 27 points and the Longhorns stretched their winning streak to five games with a 74-60 win over Baylor.

No. 25 Oklahoma 74, Texas Tech 65: Buddy Hield scored 18 points, 12 on 3-pointers, to lead Oklahoma to a 74-65 victory over Texas Tech. Cameron Clark added 17 points and Jordan Woodard had 15 to lead the Sooners (16-4, 5-2 Big 12).


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