PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Brandon Triche scored 16 points, including three straight 3-pointers early in the second half, and No. 1 Syracuse pulled away from Providence for an 87-73 victory Wednesday night.
It is the second straight season the Orange (16-0, 3-0 Big East) have opened with 16 straight wins. Last season’s team went 18-0 before its first loss.
Scoop Jardine added 10 points and 11 assists for Syracuse.
Gerard Coleman and Vincent Council each scored 17 points for Providence, and LaDontae Henton had 11 points and 13 rebounds. The Friars (11-5, 0-3) were playing the No. 1 team in the nation for the first time since beating top-ranked Pittsburgh 81-73 in Providence in 2009.
Providence took its last lead of the game when Council was fouled making a 3-pointer with 1:46 left in the first half. He made the free throw to give the Friars a 34-33 lead, but Triche hit a 3-pointer to give Syracuse a 36-34 halftime lead.
TEMPLE 78, NO. 5 DUKE 73
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Khalif Wyatt scored 22 points and Rahlir Hollis-Jefferson had 17 to lead Temple to the upset.
Using tough man-to-man defense that limited Duke’s long-range shots, the Owls (10-3) grabbed the lead for good midway through the first half. When the Blue Devils (12-2) crept within three points late, Wyatt hit consecutive 3-pointers for a 66-57 lead.
The Owls had lost nine straight times to Duke, and hadn’t beat the Blue Devils since Jan. 25, 1996. This gave the Owls a win over a Top 10 teams for the fourth straight season, all in Philadelphia.
Mason Plumlee had 16 points and 13 rebounds for the Blue Devils, who lost for the first time since a Nov. 29 game at Ohio State.
NO. 9 GEORGETOWN 73, NO. 20 MARQUETTE 70
WASHINGTON (AP) — Jason Clark scored 26 points and Hollis Thompson’s tiebreaking 3-pointer with less than 30 seconds left capped Georgetown’s comeback from a 17-point deficit.
The Hoyas (13-1, 3-0 Big East) ran their winning streak to 11 games, their longest in five years. They got 16 points from Thompson, 13 from Henry Sims, and key contributions from four freshmen who played significant minutes in the second half.
Marquette (12-3, 1-1) lost for the third time in five games, despite 18 points from Darius Johnson-Odom, 17 from Jae Crowder, and 16 from Todd Mayo.
The Golden Eagles led 43-29 at halftime and stretched that to 56-39 on Mayo’s 3-pointer with 13:10 left. But Clark brought Georgetown back, making 6 of 7 shots in the second half, when he scored 18 points.
When the game was tied at 70-all Thompson made his biggest shot of the game. Johnson-Odom and Crowder both got late looks at potential tying 3s.
NO. 14 KANSAS 67, NO. 23 KANSAS ST. 49
LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) — Thomas Robinson had 15 points and 14 rebounds to lead Kansas.
Trailing by as many as 18 points early, the Wildcats (11-2, 0-1 Big 12) got 3-pointers from Jamar Samuels and Rodney McGruder in a 10-0 run and closed to 39-36. But Conner Teahan’s two 3-pointers triggered a rally by Kansas (11-3, 1-0) that included dunks by Robinson on consecutive possessions.
The Jayhawks went on to their 43rd victory over their state rivals in the last 46 meetings of the 272-game series.
Travis Releford had 16 points and Tyshawn Taylor had 13 as Kansas launched its campaign for an eighth straight Big 12 championship with its 21st straight conference-opening victory.
McGruder had 15 points and Samuels had 12 for Kansas State, which was only 5 for 20 from 3-point range.
The Jayhawks dominated the boards 50-26.
NO. 19 MURRAY ST. 76, E. KENTUCKY 67
MURRAY, Ky. (AP) — Donte Poole scored 22 points and Isaiah Canaan added 16 — including the 1,000th of his career — and Murray State remained unbeaten.
The Racers (15-0, 3-0 Ohio Valley Conference) are one win from matching the school’s all-time best start set in 1935-36.
The Colonels trailed by as many as 15 points, but came within one with just under 5 minutes to go before falling for the seventh straight time in the series.
Jaron Jones scored 23 points for Eastern Kentucky (9-7, 3-1).
The Racers played their first game without senior forward Ivan Aska, the team’s leading rebounder who is out indefinitely with a broken right hand. Ed Daniel scored 16 points and Stacy Wilson added 13 for the Racers.