NO. 1 SYRACUSE 80, TULANE 61
SYRACUSE, N.Y. — James Southerland and Brandon Triche each hit a pair of 3-pointers to key a 19-point first-half surge, and top-ranked Syracuse beat Tulane on Thursday night to remain unbeaten.
It’s the third straight season Syracuse has won its first 13 games. The Orange have won three straight since reaching the top spot in the rankings 10 days ago, including victories over North Carolina State and Bucknell.
Tulane (11-2) had faced the No. 1 team in the nation twice before, losing to Cincinnati (72-59) in January 2000 and Memphis (97-71) in February 2008. The Green Wave has never defeated a top-five team and hasn’t beaten a top-10 since a 49-47 victory over No. 9 Memphis in February 1983.
Dion Waiters had 15 points, Kris Joseph added 13, and Southerland 10 for the Orange.
Kendall Timmons led Tulane with 16 points, Ricky Tarrant had 15, and Jordan Callahan 10.
NO. 3 KENTUCKY 87,
LOYOLA (MD.) 63
LEXINGTON, Ky. — Reserve Kyle Wiltjer scored a personal-best 24 points and a trio of freshmen sparked Kentucky on a 17-2 second-half run for the Wildcats’ 42nd straight home win.
Freshmen Wiltjer, Anthony Davis and Michael Kidd-Gilchrist all had afternoons to remember as Kentucky (11-1) heads into a five-day break before the schedule begins to ramp up.
Davis contributed 15 points, 11 rebounds and three blocks, Kidd-Gilchrist added 15 points and seven rebounds and Darius Miller had 13 points. Kentucky hosts Lamar on Wednesday night before renewing its in-state rivalry with No. 4 Louisville on Dec. 31.
Erik Etherly scored 14 points, Dylon Cormier 13 and Justin Drummond 10 for Loyola (8-3).
NO. 8 CONNECTICUT 79,
HARTFORD, Conn. — Shabazz Napier scored 24 points to lead Connecticut in the final game before coach Jim Calhoun serves a three-game suspension for NCAA recruiting violations.
Jeremy Lamb added 18 points and Andre Drummond had 16 points, nine rebounds, four steals and two blocks for the Huskies (10-1), who won their 41st straight non-conference game.
Rakim Sanders had 20 points, Sean Crawford 14 and Derek Needham 12 for Fairfield (7-5), which cut a 22-point second-half deficit to three with 2:23 left before bowing to the Huskies.
Calhoun will return to the sideline Jan. 7 at Rutgers after he sits out three Big East games against South Florida, St. John’s and Seton Hall.
NO. 11 FLORIDA 82,
FLORIDA STATE 64
GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Bradley Beal scored 21 points and Patric Young added 15 to lead Florida to its fifth straight win overall and 12th straight at home.
The Seminoles (8-4) finished with 19 turnovers, including eight in the opening 10 minutes of the second half. All those errors helped fuel a decisive 15-2 spurt that turned a two-point game into a lopsided affair.
Luke Loucks led Florida State with 15 points and Terry Whisnant added 11.
Florida (10-2) had all five starters in double figures for the second consecutive game. Kenny Boynton had 14 points, Erik Murphy added 12 and Erving Walker chipped in 11.
NO. 16 GEORGETOWN 70,
WASHINGTON — Jason Clark scored 18 points and Hollis Thompson added 17 as Georgetown extended its winning streak to eight games.
Georgetown (10-1) held the lead for the entire game and opened the margin to as much as 20 points before a late surge by Memphis, although the Tigers were unable to complete the comeback.
Chris Crawford scored 17 and Will Barton had 12 points and 11 rebounds for Memphis, which has lost three of its last four games.
The teams were playing a rare non-conference rematch. Georgetown beat then-No. 8 Memphis 91-88 in overtime in the fifth-place game of the Maui Invitational on Nov. 23.
NO. 17 INDIANA 89, UMBC 47
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. — Matt Roth scored a season-high 14 points on 4-of-5 shooting from beyond the arc to lead the depleted Hoosiers.
Indiana heated up from long range in the second half, shooting 69 percent (9 of 13) from the 3-point line after going 2 for 14 in the first half. Indiana came in as the No. 1 team in the country in 3-point field goal percentage at 47 percent.
Christian Watford led Indiana (12-0) with 22 points.
Chase Plummer, Quentin Jones and Ryan Cook each scored 10 points for the Retrievers (1-10).
Indiana outscored UMBC 52-24 in the second half.
NO. 18 MISSISSIPPI STATE 82, NORTHWESTERN STATE 67
JACKSON, Miss. — Arnett Moultrie had 24 points and 14 rebounds for his seventh double-double of the season for Mississippi State.
Moultrie led a big night for the Bulldogs’ big men. Reserve Wendell Lewis scored 14 points, while Renardo Sidney added nine points and four rebounds in the first half before sitting out the rest of the game because of a strained patella tendon in his left knee.
Mississippi State (12-1) has won 11 straight games.
Shamir Davis scored 15 points for Northwestern State (7-6), which pulled within 45-39 early in the second half before MSU responded with an 11-1 run.
NO. 20 MICHIGAN 77, BRADLEY 66
ANN ARBOR, Mich. — Evan Smotrycz had 20 points and 10 rebounds, and Tim Hardaway Jr. added a soaring dunk during a decisive run in the second half to lead Michigan.
The Wolverines (10-2) overcame uncharacteristically poor shooting in the first half. The game was tied at 45 in the second when Smotrycz made a 3-pointer to put Michigan ahead to stay. Bradley (5-7) still trailed by one at 50-49 when the Wolverines went on a 21-7 run.
Hardaway scored 16 points and Trey Burke added 12 points for the Wolverines.
Taylor Brown led the Braves with 17 points, including a 3-pointer from about 35 feet on the final shot of the first half that tied the game at 33.
NO. 23 CREIGHTON 87, NORTHWESTERN 79
OMAHA, Neb. — Doug McDermott scored 18 of his 27 points in the second half and Creighton defeated a Big Ten opponent for the third time this season.
McDermott’s performance trumped that of Northwestern’s Drew Crawford, who scored 34 points to tie an opponent record at the CenturyLink Center.
Antoine Young scored 13 points, Gregory Echenique and Manigat had 11 apiece, and Wragge added 10 for Missouri Valley Conference favorite Creighton (10-1), which also has wins over the Big Ten’s Iowa and Nebraska.
John Shurna had 18 points and Davide Curletti added 10 for Northwestern (10-2).