Scoop Jardine scored 15 points to help No. 2 Syracuse overcome a 13-point first-half deficit and beat visiting South Florida 56-48 on Wednesday night.
Kris Joseph had 12 points and nine rebounds for the Orange (28-1, 15-1 Big East), who matched school records for most regular-season and conference victories — both set in 2009-10.
Anthony Collins scored 16 points for the Bulls, who endured a 12:33 stretch without a point spanning halftime. South Florida (17-11, 10-5) had a four-game winning streak snapped and dropped to 1-9 against Syracuse.
Tennessee 73, Mississippi 60: Jeronne Maymon scored 18 points and grabbed 11 rebounds to help host Tennessee overcome a slow start and beat Mississippi.
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The Volunteers (15-13, 7-6 Southeastern Conference) trailed by as many as 13 points in the first half and were behind 31-30 at halftime. A layup by Maymon less than a minute into the second half sparked a 7-0 run that gave Tennessee its ultimate lead.
Terrance Henry led Mississippi (15-12, 5-8) with 15 points.
Vanderbilt 59, South Carolina 48: John Jenkins scored 21 points and host Vanderbilt beat South Carolina for its third straight victory.
The Commodores (20-8, 9-4 Southeastern Conference) also won their 20th game, giving them seven such seasons in the past nine, all under Coach Kevin Stallings. Vanderbilt stayed in sole possession of third in the SEC, a game behind No. 12 Florida before Saturday's trip to top-ranked Kentucky.
South Carolina (10-17, 2-11) was held to a season-low in points as the Gamecocks lost for the seventh time in eight games.
LSU 61, Georgia 53: Andre Stringer scored 18 points to lead host LSU to a victory against Georgia. Stringer matched his career-high with four three-pointers. His last three ignited a 9-2 run, which helped the Tigers (17-10, 7-6 SEC) pick up their fifth victory in the past six games. Gerald Robinson Jr. led Georgia (12-15, 3-10) with 17 points.
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Connecticut: Coach Jim Calhoun will undergo surgery next week to address a lower back condition and will miss the Huskies' next two games.
Mississippi State: An evaluation on Wednesday revealed freshman guard Rodney Hood has a deep bone bruise in his left knee. Hood was injured late in the first half of Mississippi State's 73-64 loss to No. 1 Kentucky while fighting for position on a rebound. No return date has been set, according to MSU spokesman Gregg Ellis.
Division II showdown Thursday
No. 2 Bellarmine plays at No. 8 Northern Kentucky on Thursday night in one of the premier NCAA Division II games of the year. The two Great Lakes Valley Conference heavyweights face off at the Bank of Kentucky Center on NKU's campus at 7:30 p.m.