No. 5 'Cuse pulls away from Irish
Top 25: No. 9 Georgetown survives scare, beats DePaul
The Associated Press
SYRACUSE, N.Y. -- Kris Joseph had 18 points, Scoop Jardine had 15 points and nine assists, and fifth-ranked Syracuse beat No. 15 Notre Dame 70-58 on Saturday.
The Orange (15-0, 2-0 Big East) broke open a tight game with a 17-3 run that started with a jumper from the top of the key by Joseph. That snapped a 44-44 tie with 13:02 left as the Irish (12-2, 1-1) began losing the ball too often.
After committing only four turnovers in the first half, the Irish had nine by the 11-minute mark in the second and the Orange capitalized.
Freshman Dion Waiters converted a three-point play, Jardine hit a 3 on the wing off a pretty pass out from under the basket by Jackson, and James Southerland swished a 3 from the top of the key during the decisive spurt for a 61-47 lead with 7:48 left.
Tim Abromaitis led Notre Dame with 15 points, Ben Hansbrough had 12 and Scott Martin 10.
No. 9 Georgetown 86, DePaul 75 -- Box Score
WASHINGTON -- Austin Freeman and Jason Clark scored 21 points apiece, and No. 9 Georgetown survived a second-half scare Saturday before pulling away for an 86-75 win against DePaul in the Hoyas' first New Year's Day game in 68 years.
Chris Wright added 17 points -- all in the second half -- as Georgetown (12-2, 1-1 Big East) rebounded from a loss to Notre Dame in its conference opener. The Hoyas never trailed, but they had an 11-point lead cut to one with 14 minutes remaining before a pair of 8-0 runs put the game out of reach.
Freshman Cleveland Melvin scored a season-high 29 points for the Blue Demons (6-8, 0-2), who have lost 25 straight road games, 15 straight games against Big East opponents and 10 in a row against Georgetown.
Georgetown was playing on Jan. 1 for the first time since 1943, and DePaul for the first time since at least 1945. The 1 p.m. holiday start -- with no band, no cheerleaders and only a handful of students in the usually noisy student section -- did nothing to alter the expected final outcome. The big surprise was that the deeper, more talented Hoyas actually let the Blue Demons stay in the game as long as they did.
The shooting-challenged Blue Demons made only two baskets outside the paint in the first half and hit their first 3-pointer with 7 minutes left in the game. Coach Oliver Purnell's team stayed in the game with hustle plays -- 12 steals and a 41-36 rebounding edge, only the third time this season DePaul has outrebounded an opponent.
Georgetown shot 52 percent, but Wright struggled for the second straight game. He went 1 for 9 against Notre Dame and was 5 for 12 against DePaul, with all of his baskets coming after halftime.
No. 16 BYU 93, Fresno Pacific 57 -- Box Score
PROVO, Utah -- Stephen Rogers scored 16 points to lead Brigham Young to a 93-57 win against Fresno Pacific on Saturday night.
BYU's reserves came up big as the nonstarters outscored the Sunbirds' reserves 46-10.
Jackson Emery added 12 points off the bench and Chris Collinsworth had 11 points. All-American Jimmer Fredette scored 13 for BYU (14-1).
Charles Abouo's rebound dunk just before the first-half buzzer capped a 22-4 BYU run that included the last 13 points of the half. The run pushed the Cougars' lead to 44-24, which was their widest margin in the half. Brothers Chris and Kyle Collinsworth scored five and four points during the run with Noah Hartsock adding another five.
Jerante Morgan finished with 25 points for Fresno Pacific.
BYU's big run came on the heels of a 7-0 stretch by the Sunbirds that pulled them within 22-20 with 6:50 remaining.
Morgan capped the run with his 10th and final point of the first half on 5-of-5 shooting from the field.
BYU outrebounded Fresno Pacific 23-10 in the first half and 48-25 for the game.
There weren't too many rebounds to be had for the Sunbirds with BYU shooting 50 percent to Fresno Pacific's 39 percent.
The Sunbirds were only 1 for 12 from behind the 3-point arc in the first half and 4 for 23 for the game.