TOP 25 ROUNDUP: Orange Edge Bearcats
SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) – C.J. Fair tipped in the go-ahead basket with 19.4 seconds left and No. 3 Syracuse rallied past No. 21 Cincinnati 57-55 on Monday.
Trailing by seven with just over 5 minutes left, Syracuse tied it at 55 on Michael Carter-Williams’ 3-pointer from the top of the key with 80 seconds left.
Fair’s tip came after Jerami Grant drove the lane and missed. Cincinnati’s Cashmere Wright missed a 3 from straight on with 2.9 seconds left and the Orange had their 35th straight win at home, the longest active streak in Division I.
The Orange outscored the Bearcats 13-4 in the final minutes.
Syracuse (18-1, 6-0 Big East) was coming off a 70-68 win at Louisville on Saturday that knocked the Cardinals out of the No. 1 spot in the nation.
No. 24 NOTRE DAME 47
SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) – Otto Porter scored 19 points to lead Georgetown against No. 24 Notre Dame, the Fighting Irish’s third loss in four games.
It was a dismal night for Notre Dame’s offense, which recorded season lows in points scored, field goal percentage (35 percent) and assists (11).
The Irish (15-4, 3-3 Big East) went on long stretches without scoring in both halves, while Georgetown (13-4, 3-3) shot 53 percent from the field.
It was Notre Dame’s third Big East home loss over their past 24 conference home games. The game was reminiscent of last season’s 59-41 win by Georgetown over the Irish in Washington, when the Hoyas held Notre Dame to its lowest point total in nearly four years by limiting the Irish to 33 percent shooting.
Jerian Grant led Notre Dame with 13 points.
STORRS, Conn. (AP) – Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis scored 21 points while Kelly Faris added 18 points and 12 rebounds to help No. 3 Connecticut beat No. 4 Duke 79-49 on Monday night, handing the Blue Devils their first loss of the season.
Duke was the last unbeaten team in men’s or women’s Division I basketball. The last time the Blue Devils came up to Connecticut two years ago they were also unbeaten and the Huskies had one loss. UConn won that game 87-51.
For 20 minutes the Blue Devils hung tough with UConn. That quickly changed in the second half. UConn (17-1) held a two-point lead at halftime and jumped right out on Duke in the second half. After trading baskets, the Huskies scored 20 of the next 25 points.
Alexis Jones had 14 points for the Blue Devils (16-1).
No. 8 PENN STATE 59, No. 23 MICH. STATE 49
ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) – Maggie Lucas scored 19 points and Alex Bentley added 16 for Penn State, which took over sole possession of first place in the Big Ten.
The Lady Lions (15-2, 5-0 Big Ten) and Wolverines (15-3, 4-1) were the only teams in the league without a conference loss. Michigan kept it close before Penn State went on a late 12-0 run.
Rachel Sheffer had 20 points and 10 rebounds for the Wolverines, who went 6 of 26 from 3-point range.
The loss snapped Michigan’s 10-game winning streak, which equaled a school record. The Lady Lions have won nine straight.
Penn State led 47-46 before holding Michigan scoreless for over 6 minutes.