NCAA Watch – Syracuse Rallies, Kansas Tops Iowa State, Duke Pulls One Out
UNDATED (AP) — Second-ranked Syracuse remains one of four unbeaten teams in Division I men's basketball after escaping an upset bid by Boston College.
The Orange trailed 51-46 with just over 10 minutes left before reeling off a 16-1 run over the next 3 1/2 minutes to earn a 69-59 triumph over the Eagles in Boston.
Trevor Cooney finished with 21 points and Jerami Grant added 16 as the Orange improved to 17-0 overall and 4-0 in the ACC. C.J. Fair and Tyler Ennis each had 12 points for Syracuse, which has won its first 17 games for the second time in three years.
Kansas won a battle of ranked teams as Naadir Tharpe scored a career-high 23 points to lead the 15th-ranked Jayhawks to a 77-70 win at No. 8 Iowa State. Andrew Wiggins finished with 17 points and 19 rebounds as Kansas dealt the Cyclones their second consecutive loss since their season-opening, 14-game winning streak.
No. 23 Duke barely avoided losing for the third time in its last four games as Rasheed Sulaimon (SOO'-lih-mahn) hit the go-ahead 3-pointer with 18.8 seconds left to help the Blue Devils down Virginia 69-65 at Durham. Sulaimon finished with a season-high 21 points and Rodney Hood added 14 for Duke, which blew an 11-point lead over the final 3 1/2 minutes before winning.
— Arizona and Syracuse remain No. 1 and 2 in The Associated Press college basketball poll for a sixth straight week. The 17-0 Wildcats received 61 first-place votes from the 65-member national media panel while the 16-0 Orange got the others.
— No. 21 Colorado has lost leading scorer Spencer Dinwiddie for the rest of the season with a torn ACL that will require surgery. Dinwiddie was hurt in a noncontact play during the first half of a 71-54 loss at Washington on Sunday. He was averaging 14.7 points and 3.1 rebounds for the Buffaloes, who dropped six spots in the latest AP poll.
— No. 10 Florida will be without leading scorer Casey Prather against Georgia on Tuesday night as he continues to recover from pain and swelling in his bruised right knee. The injury kept the senior forward out of Florida's win over Arkansas Saturday. Prather is averaging 17 points a game this season and leads the Southeastern Conference in shooting at 62.4 percent.
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