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Fair’s 17 lead No. 2 Orange past Hokies

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POSTED January 7, 2014 11:55 p.m.

BLACKSBURG, Va. (AP) — C.J. Fair scored 17 points and No. 2 Syracuse used a 16-0 run to pull away in the second half and beat Virginia Tech 72-52 on Tuesday night.

Tyler Ennis added 13 points, Jerami Grant 12 points and 10 rebounds and Trevor Cooley scored 11 points for the Orange (15-0, 2-0 Atlantic Coast Conference), who were making their first visit to Cassell Coliseum since Jan. 30, 1978.

No. 5 Michigan State beats No. 3 Ohio State 72-68

EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Keith Appling made a tiebreaking 3-pointer with 29 seconds left and finished with 20 points, seven assists and six rebounds to help No. 5 Michigan State beat No. 3 Ohio State 72-68 in overtime Tuesday night after blowing a 17-point lead in the second half.

The Spartans (14-1, 3-0 Big Ten) led 55-38 and the Buckeyes (15-1, 2-1) forced overtime with a 20-3 run to close regulation.

No. 9 Iowa State beats No. 7 Baylor 87-72

AMES, Iowa (AP) — Senior point guard DeAndre Kane was supposed to be a one-year stopgap for Iowa State.

Kane has evolved into one of the most versatile players in the country — and the surging Cyclones look like one of the best teams in the nation because of it.

Hood scores 27, No. 16 Duke beats Ga Tech 79-57

DURHAM, N.C. (AP) — No. 16 Duke debuted its lowest national ranking in six years — and spent half the game making a case for an even worse one.

But once Rodney Hood got rolling, the Blue Devils were back on track.

Hood scored 15 of his 27 points in the second half of Duke’s 79-57 victory over Georgia Tech on Tuesday night.

No. 25 Kansas State
 beats TCU 65-47

FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — Thomas Gipson knew he didn’t play very well last season when he traveled home for Kansas State’s game at TCU, and he admits he was a little anxious for Tuesday night’s game, too.

But with 24 family members cheering him on, Gipson had 19 points and eight rebounds, and No. 25 Kansas State ran its winning streak to 10 games with a 65-47 victory over TCU.

Women

Top-ranked UConn women beat Houston 90-40

STORRS, Conn. (AP) — UConn’s Breanna Stewart says her number-one goal as a basketball player is to win an Olympic gold medal for the United States.

On a day when she was honored for the second time as USA basketball’s female athlete of the year, she showed why it’s a good bet she will get that chance in a couple of years.

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