Orange stays unbeaten despite test at BC
No. 2 Syracuse 69, Boston College 59
BOSTON (AP) — Trevor Cooney scored 21 points, Jerami Grant added 16 and No. 2 Syracuse fought off pesky Boston College for a 69-59 victory Monday night.
C.J. Fair and Tyler Ennis each had 12 points for the Orange (17-0, 4-0 ACC). Grant added eight rebounds for Syracuse, one of four unbeaten teams in Division I.
Lonnie Jackson scored 18 points — all on three-pointers — for the Eagles (5-12, 1-3), Ryan Anderson had 14 and Olivier Hanlan finished with 13 points and six assists.
The Orange, who also started 2011-12 by winning their first 17 games, outrebounded Boston College 28-24, collecting half on the offensive glass, which helped them pull away for the win.
BC went 9 for 21 from three-point range.
It was the first time the schools — both charter members of the Big East — met as members of the ACC.
No. 15 Kansas 77, No. 8 Iowa St. 70
AMES, Iowa (AP) — Naadir Tharpe scored a career-high 23 points, freshman Andrew Wiggins had 17 points and 19 rebounds for Kansas.
The Jayhawks (12-4, 3-0 Big 12) handed the Cyclones their second consecutive loss after a 14-0 start.
Kansas opened the second half with a 16-5 run and led the rest of the way.
Joel Embiid finished with 16 points and five blocks for the Jayhawks, who outrebounded Iowa State 53-36.
DeAndre Kane, who sprained an ankle in the loss to Oklahoma on Saturday, had 21 points for Iowa State (14-2, 2-2), which lost for the 17th time in 18 games against Kansas.
The Cyclones, the Big 12's top three-point shooting team, were 4 of 25 from beyond the arc.
Kane, who led the Big 12 with 22.7 points, 6.3 assists and 3.3 steals through three league games, responded well enough to around the clock treatment on his left ankle that he has able to start.
Florida A&M 76, North Carolina A&T 66
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Trey Kellum had 14 points, seven rebounds and three blocks as Florida A&M defeated North Carolina A&T 76-66 on Monday night.
Florida A&M led 56-55 when Jamie Adams started a 12-1 run with two free throws and a layup on back-to-back possessions. Bobby King's dunk with 6:56 to play capped the run with a 12-point lead for the Rattlers.
Adams, Reggie Lewis and Jamari Bradshaw each scored 16 points to lead Florida A&M (6-11, 2-2 MEAC). King added 10 points and seven rebounds.
Lamont Middleton had 20 points to lead N.C. A&T (4-12, 1-1). Richaud Pack scored 15 points and Bruce Beckford added 12.
Pack made all three free throws to pull the Aggies to within one point with 9:34 to play.
The Rattlers responded by extending their lead to 68-56, and N.C. A&T got no closer than eight points.
North Carolina Central 64, Bethune-Cookman 49
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Jay Copeland scored 16 points and Alfonzo Houston had 15 to lead N.C. Central to a 64-49 victory over Bethune-Cookman Monday night.
Copeland also pulled down 10 rebounds for NCCU (9-5, 1-1 MEAC). Reggie Groves scored 10 points and Emanuel Chapman had eight assists.
Bethune-Cookman (2-17, 0-4) has now lost 15 consecutive games.
The Eagles jumped out to an early lead and held a 16-10 advantage at the 8:12 mark of the first half. They extended that to 35-23 at the half. NCCU surged to a 51-29 advantage with 12:31 remaining in the game.
NCCU's defense stymied the Wildcats throughout, limiting them to 29.2 percent from the field in the second half.
Clemmye Owens led the Bethune-Cookman with 14 points after making 4 of 8 three-pointers. The Wildcats turned the ball over 20 times.