NO. 1 SYRACUSE 71,
SYRACUSE, N.Y. — Dion Waiters had 16 points and Scoop Jardine had 12 points and 10 assists as No. 1 Syracuse beat Pittsburgh 71-63 on Monday night to open the season with 20 straight wins.
The Orange (20-0, 7-0 Big East) set a school record for most consecutive victories to start a season and it was win No. 876 for coach Jim Boeheim, tying him with Adolph Rupp of Kentucky for fourth place all-time in Division I. North Carolina’s Dean Smith is third with 879.
Boeheim extended his Division I record for most 20-win seasons to 34.
It was the seventh straight loss for Pittsburgh (11-8, 0-6). The Panthers were coming off a stunning 62-39 home loss to Rutgers last Wednesday, the fewest points they scored in a regulation game since a 53-30 loss to Temple in 1969.
Ashton Gibbs, Cameron Wright and Lamar Patterson all scored 10 points for Pitt.
NO. 5 MISSOURI 70,
TEXAS A&M 51
COLUMBIA, Mo. — Reserve Michael Dixon scored 18 points and helped spark a 17-0 first-half run as No. 5 Missouri beat Texas A&M, snapping an eight-game losing streak to the Aggies.
The Tigers (17-1, 4-1 Big 12) started the game by making only five of their first 14 shots from the field against the conference’s best scoring defense. But Dixon’s 3-pointer with 7:22 remaining in the first half started the 17-0 run that gave Missouri a 31-17 lead.
Elston Turner and Khris Middleton both had 13 points for Texas A&M (10-7, 1-4), which scored the first seven points of in the second half to get within 42-30. The Aggies got within 10 points three times, but could get no closer.
NO. 21 MARQUETTE 74,
NO. 23 LOUISVILLE 63
MILWAUKEE — Darius Johnson-Odom scored 19 points and DaVante Gardner added 17 points and six rebounds to lead Marquette.
The Golden Eagles (15-4, 4-2 Big East) won their third straight conference game after losing to No. 10 Georgetown and top-ranked Syracuse.
Louisville (14-5, 2-4) has lost three of its last four conference games, including a 90-57 loss to Providence.
Jae Crowder added 14 points for Marquette, which trailed 18-2 after 7 minutes.
Russ Smith led Louisville with 20 points and Chris Smith added 19 points.