Syracuse zone stymies Indiana again as fourth-ranked Orange win 69-52
SYRACUSE, N.Y. -- Trevor Cooney scored 21 points, Tyler Ennis added 17 points and eight assists, and No. 4 Syracuse beat Indiana 69-52 in the Big Ten/ACC Challenge on Tuesday night.
Syracuse (8-0) has won 46 consecutive nonconference games at home, and there was no love lost in this rematch from last season's East Regional semifinal won handily by the Orange.
Indiana was called for two flagrant fouls on Tuesday, the second coming in the second half as the game was slipping away. Syracuse used a 25-4 surge to break open a tie game.
The youthful Hoosiers (6-2) had only lost, 59-58, to No. 12 Connecticut at Madison Square Garden in the championship game of the 2K Sports Classic Benefiting Wounded Warrior Project.
Noah Vonleh had 17 points for Indiana and Yogi Ferrell added 12, but only three in the second half - on a 3-pointer with 1:59 remaining.
TUCSON, Ariz. -- Aaron Gordon scored 19 points, Nick Johnson and Brandon Ashley added 18 each and No. 2 Arizona beat Texas Tech 79-58 on Tuesday night in the Wildcats' first game since beating Duke for the NIT Season Tip-Off championship.
Johnson made a career-best four 3-pointers in six attempts. Ashley grabbed 10 rebounds, one shy of his career high.
The Wildcats (8-0) scored the first 10 points of the game and led by 10 points after a sloppy first half. They were up by as many as 23 points in the second half.
Arizona moved up two spots to second in the poll this week after the win against Duke at Madison Square Garden last Friday.
Kader Tapsoba and Jaye Crockett scored 11 points each for the Red Raiders (6-3) and Aaron Ross added 10.
DURHAM, N.C. -- Quinn Cook had 24 points and nine assists to help No. 10 Duke beat No. 22 Michigan 79-69 on Tuesday night in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge.
Freshman Jabari Parker added 15 points to help the Blue Devils (7-2) regroup from last week's loss to Arizona by grinding out a tough win against the Wolverines. Duke didn't shoot the ball well early but frustrated Michigan's offense, turning away every spurt and keeping the Wolverines (5-3) at arm's length much of the game.
Andre Dawkins came in midway through the second half and hit two consecutive 3-pointers to finally start Duke's clinching run, helping the Blue Devils to improve to 13-2 all-time in the Challenge - by far the best record for a team in either conference - including 6-0 at famously hostile Cameron Indoor Stadium.
Caris LeVert matched his career-high with 24 points for Michigan, though leading scorer Nik Stauskas struggled all game.
LOS ANGELES -- No. 18 UCLA used its depth to pull away from a halftime tie with UC Santa Barbara.
Jordan Adams scored 22 points and Kyle Anderson added 21 to lead UCLA to an 89-76 victory Tuesday night.
''We're driving the ball very hard, and think we're hard to guard in transition," UCLA coach Steve Alford said. ''We've got so many weapons. There are so many guys who can make shots. It's not just one guy getting to the line, or one guy making shots.''
One player who did make a big shot for the Bruins is very familiar to Alford.
Bryce Alford, the son of the UCLA coach, hit a 3-pointer with 8:04 remaining in the second half, snapping a 65-all tie and sparking a 7-0 run.
With chants of ''over-rated'' emanating from the Santa Barbara fans sitting on the east end of Pauley Pavilion, Alford's 3 was followed by a dunk by Tony Parker and two free throws by Norman Powell. The Bruins (8-0) held the Gauchos (3-3) to nine points the rest of the way.
Alan Williams, who scored a school-record 39 points in the Gauchos' last game against South Dakota State, had 23 points, just six in the first half, which finished tied at 42.
YPSILANTI, Mich. -- Raphiel Putney scored 15 points, including two high-flying dunks in the final minutes, and No. 21 Massachusetts won its first game as a ranked team since November 1998, a 69-57 victory against Eastern Michigan on Tuesday night.
Trey Davis scored 13 points while Cady Lalanne and Chaz Williams added 12 apiece. Lalanne grabbed 12 rebounds for the Minutemen (7-0).
Putney and Williams connected on an alley-oop pass that resulted in a three-point play with 6:14 left that gave UMass a 54-48 lead, its biggest of the game to that point. They connected again with 2:46 remaining when Putney's one-handed slam gave the Minutemen a 62-55 lead.
Karrington Ward and Daylen Harrison had 11 points each for Eastern Michigan (5-2), which was hosting its first ranked opponent since Wisconsin visited in 1994.
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Aaron White scored 20 points, Devyn Marble and Jarrod Uthoff added 17 each and No. 23 Iowa held off Notre Dame 98-93 on Tuesday night.
Marble had 13 consecutive points in the second half for the Hawkeyes (8-1), who bounced back from an overtime loss to No. 14 Villanova with just their third win in 13 Big Ten/ACC Challenge games.
Uthoff made two free throws and threw down an open dunk in the final 37 seconds to help seal the win for Iowa, which scored more than 90 points for the third time this season.
Garrick Sherman had a career-high 29 points and Eric Atkins added 23 for Notre Dame (5-2), which lost despite shooting 51.5 percent from the field.