SOUTH BEND, Ind. — Jack Cooley had 17 points and 10 rebounds against a Syracuse team missing its shot-blocking, rebounding center Fab Melo and the Irish surprised the top-ranked and previously unbeaten Orange 67-58 on Saturday night.
Fans stormed the court after the Irish’s rousing victory, hoisting players on their shoulders in a wild scene at the Purcell Pavilion. It was the eighth time Notre Dame has beaten a No. 1 team — that ties for fourth-most all-time, with North Carolina having the most with 12.
James Southerland scored 15 points for Syracuse, which shot just 34 percent and was 7-for-23 on 3-pointers. Martin added 13 for Notre Dame, which hit 50 percent of its field-goal attempts.
Boeheim was denied his 877th career victory, which would have put him in sole possession of fourth place among Division I men’s coaches.
NO. 2 KENTUCKY 77,
LEXINGTON, Ky. — Darius Miller hit four free throws in the final minute and freshmen Marquis Teague and Anthony Davis each added two more as No. 2 Kentucky edged Alabama for its nation’s best 47th straight home victory.
Kentucky (19-1, 5-0 Southeastern Conference) led the entire second half, but Alabama’s Trevor Releford scored all 17 of his points in the second half to keep the Crimson Tide (13-6, 2-3) close until the end.
Terrence Jones, who finished with 15 points, made Kentucky’s final field goal with 6:57 left, but the Wildcats hit 23 of 29 second-half free throw attempts — including all eight in the final minute — in a game that featured 45 fouls.
Doron Lamb had 14 points and freshman Michael Kidd-Gilchrist added 13 for the Wildcats, who scored their final 15 points from the free-throw line.
JaMychal Green had 22 points and 12 rebounds and Trevor Lacey added 10 points for Alabama, which lost its third in a row.
NO. 5 MISSOURI 89,
NO. 3 BAYLOR 88
WACO, Texas — Ricardo Ratliffe scored a career-high 27 points and Missouri held on for the big road win.
Ratliffe had a big two-handed slam dunk midway through the second half when he scored six points in an 8-0 spurt that put the Tigers (18-1, 5-1 Big 12) up 68-58. Missouri still had a 10-point lead with 3:07 left but didn’t score again until Ratliffe’s two free throws with a minute left.
Missouri had to make 10 of 12 free throws in the final minute for the victory. Marcus Denmon’s free throw with 4 seconds left made it 89-85 before Brady Heslip hit a 3-pointer for Baylor (17-2, 4-2), which has lost two in a row after a 17-0 start.
Quincy Miller led Baylor with 29 points while Pierre Jackson had 20 points and 15 assists.
NO. 9 MICHIGAN STATE 83,
EAST LANSING, Mich. — Freshman Branden Dawson scored 14 points to help Michigan State pull away for the easy victory.
The Spartans (16-4, 5-2) moved into a tie for the Big Ten lead by stopping their second two-game skid this season.
The Boilermakers (14-6, 4-3) have lost three of their last five games.
The Spartans led by seven at halftime and built a 23-point lead midway through the second half.
Purdue’s Robbie Hummel didn’t make a shot for the first time in his injury-filled career that dates to 2007. Hummel, who entered the game averaging a team-high 16 points, was 0 for 11 and scored just two points.
NO. 10 GEORGETOWN 52, RUTGERS 50
WASHINGTON — Otto Porter scored the final six points, including two free throws with 8.5 seconds left, lifting Georgetown to the win.
Harry Sims led Georgetown (16-3, 6-2 Big East) with 12 points, 10 rebounds and two assists. He made 8 of 13 free throws, part of a 25-of-36 effort from the line for the Hoyas.
Mike Poole made a long 2-pointer with 2 seconds left on the shot clock and Eli Carter made a 3-pointer to extend Rutgers’ lead to 50-45 with 2:35 left.
Porter made a layup with 1:36 left, and after Rutgers (11-9, 3-4) committed an offensive foul, Porter made a jumper with 1:10 left to tie the game at 50.
Georgetown is 18-2 at home against Rutgers, including a 10-game winning streak that dates to 2000.
TENNESSEE 60, NO. 13 CONNECTICUT 57
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — Jarnell Stokes had 16 points and 12 rebounds in his first start, and Tennessee hit 7 of 10 free-throw attempts in the final minute to secure the win.
The Volunteers (9-10) led by 10 points with 3:15 remaining in the second half and had a 55-48 lead when the Huskies’ Jeremy Lamb sank a 3-pointer with 37 seconds left. Lamb then fouled Trae Golden, who hit one of his two free throws before Shabazz Napier hit a 3 to cut the Vols’ lead to 56-54 with 23 seconds to go.
Niels Giffey fouled Tennessee’s Skylar McBee, who hit both free throws to seal it.
Lamb led the Huskies (14-5) with 23 points. Napier finished with 18 points.
NO. 19 CREIGHTON 75, INDIANA STATE 49
OMAHA, Neb. — Doug McDermott had 12 points and Creighton cruised to its eighth consecutive victory.
For McDermott, it tied a season low for points, but it didn’t matter. Creighton hit seven of its first 10 3-point shots, including four during a decisive 17-5 first-half run.
The Bluejays (18-2) improved to 8-1 in the Missouri Valley Conference in front of 17,411 — the sixth-largest crowd in school history.
Indiana State (11-9, 2-7) lost its third straight and seventh in nine games after a 9-2 start to the season. Dwayne Lathan had 15 points but the Sycamores lost their 13th straight game to Creighton in Omaha.
ARKANSAS 66, NO. 20 MICHIGAN 64
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — BJ Young scored 15 points and Arkansas hit its first 11 shots while remaining undefeated in Bud Walton Arena this season.
Trey Burke missed a 3-pointer at the buzzer, giving the Razorbacks (14-5) their second victory over a ranked opponent at home, following a win over then-No. 15 Mississippi State on Jan. 7.
Arkansas built a 34-14 lead on the strength of its early shooting and led 49-33 early in the second half. The Wolverines (15-5) cut the lead to two before the Razorbacks regained control and held on in front of a sellout crowd of 19,050.
Mardracus Wade added 12 points and Rickey Scott and Hunter Mickelson had 11 apiece for Arkansas, which shot 50 percent.
Zack Novak led Michigan with 17 points, and Jordan Morgan had 16.