College basketball roundup: Orange stay perfect

Wire ReportsFebruary 12, 2014 

Tyler Ennis made a 35-footer at the buzzer Wednesday night to help No. 1 Syracuse remain unbeaten with a 58-56 win over No. 25 Pitt.

Syracuse (24-0, 11-0 ACC) remained one of two undefeated teams in Division I along with Wichita State.

Trailing by one with 4.4 seconds left, Ennis caught the inbounds pass and dribbled upcourt before hitting the shot over two defenders.

Talib Zanna, who led Pitt (20-5, 8-4) with 16 points and 14 rebounds, had given Pitt a 56-55 lead with 4.4 seconds remaining after he hit two free throws.

It was Pitt's first loss at home to a top-five team in the 12-year history of the Petersen Events Center, their on-campus arena. The Panthers (20-5, 8-4) had been 9-0 against top-five teams and 13-1 against teams ranked in the top 10. C.J. Fair led Syracuse with 14 points.

SEC men

Texas A&M 83, LSU 73: Jamal Jones scored 19 points as Texas A&M earned its first victory over LSU as a fellow Southeastern Conference member after jetting past the Tigers on Wednesday night.

The Aggies (14-10, 5-6) dominated the Tigers in bench points (33-4) and points in the paint (36-26). A&M, after making 1-of-19 three-pointers on Saturday against the Georgia Bulldogs, rebounded in a big way by sinking 10 of 23 (43 percent) from the three-point line, including 5 of 10 from Jones.

Shavon Coleman paced LSU (15-8, 6-5) with a game-high 21 points.

Georgia 75, Mississippi State 55: Charles Mann scored 19 points, Juwan Parker added 16 and Georgia overcame a slow start to beat Mississippi State.

Georgia trailed 22-8 midway through the first half and needed more than six minutes to make its first field goal.

But the momentum swung quickly. Georgia rallied for a 28-27 halftime lead and stretched its advantage to as many as 23 points late in the second half. Marcus Thornton added nine points and eight rebounds.

Georgia (13-10, 7-4 Southeastern Conference) is now tied with Mississippi for third place in the league. The Bulldogs meet the Rebels on Saturday in Athens, Ga.

Mississippi State (13-11, 3-8) has lost six straight. It was a miserable shooting night for MSU, which made just 3 of 25 attempts (12 percent) from three-point range. Craig Sword led Mississippi State with 10 points.

State men

Transylvania 96, Franklin 89: Alex Jones led the Pioneers' scoring with 20 points and Joe Jennings had a double-double as Transy (9-13 7-8) held off visiting Franklin (10-12 7-8).

State women

No. 4 Louisville 60, Temple 50: Shoni Schimmel scored 21 points as host Louisville beat Temple Wednesday night.

Though Louisville (24-2, 12-1) bounced back from Sunday's loss to No. 1 Connecticut, sloppy play throughout resulted in its lowest scoring total this season. The Cardinals shot 40 percent from the field (22 of 55), made just 12 of 26 free throws and committed 11 turnovers, a combination that left the door open for Temple up to the final minute.

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