Syracuse falls to Duke after late call, Boeheim ejection

February 22, 2014 

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Mississippi's Marshall Henderson, right, knocked the ball away from Florida's Patric Young. Florida won 75-71.


The rematch of one of college basketball's best games of the season ended with Hall of Fame coach Jim Boeheim ejected after he charged onto the court to argue a block/charge call with 10 seconds left.

Rodney Hood scored 13 points and drew that game-changing charging call that helped No. 5 Duke beat No. 1 Syracuse 66-60 on Saturday night in Durham, N.C.

Freshman Jabari Parker had 19 points and 10 rebounds for the Blue Devils (22-6, 11-4 Atlantic Coast Conference).

Jerami Grant had 17 points and C.J. Fair, the player who was called for the charge, finished with 13 for the Orange (25-2, 12-2).

Down 60-58, Syracuse had the ball when Fair drove for an apparent tying layup but was whistled for charging. Boeheim shot onto the court to argue, was slapped with two technical fouls and ejected.

"I just thought that was the worst call of the year, that's all," Boeheim said. "I hated to see the game decided on that call."

Quinn Cook iced it by hitting three free throws to make it 63-58.

Duke extended its winning streak at Cameron Indoor Stadium to 31 games.

The Orange — whose 25-0 start was spoiled three nights earlier by an overtime loss at home to sub-.500 Boston College — are the first top-ranked team to lose twice in a week since Texas in 2010.

No. 8 Kansas 85, No. 19 Texas 54: Andrew Wiggins scored 21 points, Joel Embiid briefly flirted with a triple-double and host Kansas (21-6, 12-2) trounced Texas (20-7, 9-5) to seize control of the Big 12. Embiid had 13 points, seven rebounds and six blocks. Kansas can wrap up at least a share of its 10th straight league title when Oklahoma visits Allen Fieldhouse on Monday night.

No. 16 Wisconsin 79, No. 15 Iowa 74: Frank Kaminsky had 21 points and a crucial late steal as visiting Wisconsin (22-5, 9-5 Big Ten) won its fifth straight. The Badgers moved a half-game ahead of the Hawkeyes (19-7, 8-5) in the Big Ten standings. Roy Devyn Marble had 21 points and 11 assists for Iowa.

SEC highlights

No. 2 Florida 75, Mississippi 71: Scottie Wilbekin scored 18 points, Michael Frazier II added 17 and visiting Florida rallied to beat Mississippi. The Gators (25-2, 14-0 Southeastern Conference) extended their school-record winning streak to 19 games. Ole Miss (16-11, 7-7) has lost four in a row.

Florida survived a hot start from the Rebels' Marshall Henderson, who scored 22 points in the first half but was then held scoreless. Jarvis Summers added 20 points for Ole Miss.

The game was tied at 59 with eight minutes left, but Florida scored the next six points to take control.

The Gators could very well be the No. 1 team in the country when the new polls are released on Monday. The current No. 1 Syracuse lost Wednesday to Boston College and Saturday to Duke.

Texas A&M 68, Tennessee 65 (OT): Antwan Space sank a three-pointer in overtime to lift host Texas A&M (16-11, 7-7 SEC) over Tennessee. With the game tied at 65 in OT, Space got the ball with 8 seconds remaining, dribbled a couple of times and calmly sank the winning shot. Then, following the inbound pass, Space stole the ball from Tennessee (16-11, 7-7) in preserving the win.

Alex Caruso and Jamal Jones each scored 14 points for the Aggies.

Jordan McRae led Tennessee with 20 points.

Arkansas 73, Mississippi St 69: Anthlon Bell scored a career-high 19 points to lead Arkansas over Mississippi State, its first win in Starkville in 14 years.

Arkansas (18-9, 7-7 SEC), which hit eight three-pointers, has won five of its last six. Mississippi State (13-14, 3-11) has lost nine games in a row. Colin Borchert led Mississippi State with 21 points and seven rebounds.

Georgia 73, South Carolina 56: Kenny Gaines had a career-high 27 points and Georgia (15-11, 9-5 SEC) bounced back from its first loss in three weeks with a victory at South Carolina (10-17, 3-11). Freshman Sindarius Thornwell had 18 points to lead the Gamecocks.

State highlights

Bluffton 72, Transylvania 40: Host Bluffton (10-15, 6-12 Heartland Collegiate Athletic) had a 40-27 rebounding edge and got 19 points from Will Pope in the win over visiting Transylvania (9-16, 7-11). Alex Jones led Transy with 13 points.

Georgetown 81, Cumberland (Tenn). 59: Jaylen Daniel came off the bench to score a game-high 24 points, and host Georgetown (20-8, 11-6 Mid-South) held Cumberland to 31.5 percent shooting. Monty Wilson added 13 points and 11 rebounds for the Tigers. Kenneth Stripling scored 12 points for Cumberland (12-13, 4-12).

Murray State 69, Morehead State 58: Cameron Payne sank four three-pointers to finish with 23 points as host Murray State (17-9, 12-2 Ohio Valley) defeated Morehead State. Morehead State (19-10, 10-4) went 4-for-21 beyond the arc and managed just five trips to the foul line. Angelo Warner led the Eagles with 18 points and Chad Posthumus added 14 with nine rebounds.

Western Kentucky 72, Louisiana-Monroe 63: Trency Jackson scored 25 points and Chris Harrison-Docks added 15 as host Western Kentucky (18-9, 10-4 Sun Belt Conference) got off to a fast start and beat Louisiana-Monroe. Western Kentucky raced to an 18-1 lead as Louisiana-Monroe (8-14, 5-9) struggled to score. It took the Warhawks more than 8½ minutes to make their first field goal.

The Hilltoppers held a 43-28 advantage in rebounding, which helped them overcome their own offensive struggles. Western Kentucky won its eighth game out of its last 10 despite shooting just 39.7 percent from the field and hitting only 17 of 32 field goals.

Women's highlights

Transylvania 85, Bluffton 73: Alex Botkin and Katelyn Smith scored 22 and 20 points, respectively, as visiting Transy (23-2, 17-1 HCAC) beat Bluffton (14-11, 10-8). Transy had a 45-31 rebounding advantage.

Georgetown 79, Cumberland (Tenn.) 43: Devanny King scored 19 points and Jessica Foster added 18 to lead host Georgetown (19-6, 13-4 Mid-South), which shot 60.4 percent from the field. Cumberland (9-15, 5-11) was held to 22.6 percent shooting.

Eastern Kentucky 79, Austin Peay 71: Marie Carpenter led all scorers with 29 points, and Michaela Hunter added 20 as EKU (15-9, 9-4 OVC)beat host Austin Peay (9-19, 6-9). EKU shot 24-for-27 from the free-throw line.

Berea 99, Brescia 81: Former Madison Central standout Erika Parks hit 10 three-pointers and scored 42 points to lead host Berea (13-12, 9-8). Parks was 16-for-23 from the field and 10-for-16 from three-point range.

Western Kentucky 92, Louisiana Monroe 63: Chastity Gooch scored 20 points to lead WKU (17-8, 9-5 Sun Belt) to its third consecutive home rout. Sharnice Brooks came off the bench to score 19 for ULM (9-17, 5-9).

UT Martin 84, Murray State 67: Host UT Martin (20-7, 13-1 OVC) scored the first 14 points of the game and never looked back in the win over Murray State (10-16, 2-11). Heather Butler scored a game-high 29 points for UTM, and Ashia Jones had 20 points and 11 boards. Taylor Porter scored 14 points for Murray State.

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